WITH rainy weather continuing throughout the summer holidays, it can be difficult to keep children entertained.

Here are five weatherproof things to do during bad weather so you don't have to stay cooped up at home.

1. Summer at Blackburn Market

While you still have to travel to get to Blackburn’s Market, once there, young children can enjoy various activities to keep them busy.

Located at the entrance of the market, a stall is dedicated to face painting, story mixing stations, theatre and dance workshops, pottery making, and a silent disco.

There is even a mocktail bar for adults to enjoy.

It is free and runs until August 30.

More information on timings can be found here blackburnmarket.com/events/lets-make-free-fun-on-the-market-is-back-for-summer/

2. Elmer the Patchwork Elephant at King George’s Hall

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Based on the classic children's book series by David McKee, which celebrate its 30th birthday in 2019, Elmer the Patchwork Elephant Show is coming to Blackburn for two days.

On August 14 and 20, children can enjoy watching this fun-loving show with Elmer the elephant trying to blend in with his friends to look the same.

The message of the show is to just be yourself.

Tickets cost £15 each and timings can be found here visitlancashire.com/whats-on/elmer-the-patchwork-elephant-p949210

3. Jump Works Accrington

Lancaster And Morecambe Citizen:  Nathan McCartney, Leah Flatman, Ben Clifton, Carmela Davenport, Emmett Archer and Adele Pritchard at the opening of Jump Works Trampoline Park in Accrington last year Nathan McCartney, Leah Flatman, Ben Clifton, Carmela Davenport, Emmett Archer and Adele Pritchard at the opening of Jump Works Trampoline Park in Accrington last year

For children who still want to be on the move despite the weather, the Jump Works in Accrington is perfect.

With 100 connected trampolines, climbing walls, jump towers and a total Wipeout obstacle course, there is a lot to keep young people active here.

It is suitable for all ages, but any child aged two to five will need to be accompanied by an adult.

There is a café overlooking the play area, where parents can sit and enjoy a cup of tea.

More information on times and prices can be found here thejumpworks.co.uk/

4. Stonyhurst Literature Festival Clitheroe

Lancaster And Morecambe Citizen: Blackburn Literature FestivalBlackburn Literature Festival

The North West’s first and biggest Literature & Film Festival arrives at Stonyhurst College in Clitheroe on Friday, August 16, and Saturday, August 17.

This could be the ideal event for older teens who love literature classics.

Blackburn-based children’s author, Nigel Womack, who published his first book The Angry Giant earlier this year will also be attending.

If the weather does stay clear, there will be an outside showing of Bohemian Rhapsody.

More information can be found here enterprises.stonyhurst.ac.uk/2019/04/01/lit-film-fest

5. The Whitaker in Rossendale

Lancaster And Morecambe Citizen: The Whitaker in RossendaleThe Whitaker in Rossendale

The Whitaker, located in the heart of Rossendale Valley, is a good place for children to see impressive displays of natural history with preserved elephants and tigers.

There is also a contemporary art gallery with changing exhibitions.

Admission is free and there is a lunch menu available for when the hunger sets in.

Find out more here thewhitaker.org