Rainy weather gets a bad reputation. While yes, inclement conditions certainly ruin beach days and picnics and hikes, there are still plenty of cozy fun activities to do indoors, both with your crew or with your boo. Rather than let Mother Nature lit-er-ally rain (hahahaaaaa) on your parade and reschedule your very important date, allow me to help you come up with a few solid alternatives. Want something active with your girls? I gotchu. A romantic option? Done and done. Don't want to get up off your couch except to retrieve more snacks? I feel ya. Fire up the group chat 'cause your rainy day is about to take a turn!
Get your learning on at a museum.
I'm willing to bet there's at least one museum in your 'hood that you totally keep meaning to visit but it just never ends up happening. Use your next rainy free day to immerse yourself in some art or natural history, dahling.
Have a spa day.
Up to you whether you splurge on an appointment at a fancy-shmancy spa, or if you set up your own DIY sitch at home. Either way, a self-care day holed up in your apartment will leave you feeling all sorts of rejuvenated. Just slap on a hydrating face mask and let the pitter patter of the rain act as your own personal white noise machine.
Sign up for a cooking class.
Doesn't matter if your skills are already Chopped-champion levels of gourmet, or if you barely know how to boil water. Cooking classes are all about making scrumptious food and then eating your concoction, and therefore they are the perfect invention for a rainy day!! You'll learn the recipe for something new and get to hang with a pro chef.
^Where do I sign up for the garlic knot tutorial?
Finally organize your life.
If you're looking for a free activity to do with your live-in S.O. or BFF roomie, consider pulling a Marie Kondo and tackling all of the organizing and cleaning tasks you've had on your list for forever. You could even make some money off this endeavor if you put together a bag of clothes to donate to ThredUp or TheRealReal. And if you decide to closet-dive with a glass of wine in hand, far be it from me to stop you.
Have a themed movie marathon.
Streaming a movie when the weather is sh*tty is a classic option, so I suggest you kick it up a notch by choosing a theme. Watch the entire Dark Knight trilogy from the beginning to the end. Blake Lively's entire canon of work? Streaming it! Every movie Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence have been in together? Hell yes. Only flicks about LA, or Paris, or spring break. The options are endless—you just have to get creative.
Drink and play games at a barcade.
Arcade bars are the best. You can act like a kid and play tons of games with the added bonus of being able to drink (if you're of age, of course). Nothing makes the time pass faster than 18 rounds of skee ball.
Throw it back and head to the mall.
Window shopping, people watching, AND food courts!? Truly, there is nothing not to love about hitting the mall. Even if you don't plan on buying anything, you're still in for an entertaining time. Maybe the allure of Claire's will inspire you to get a spontaneous new piercing or two!
The wholesome kind. I'm talking cookies, brownies, cakes, maybe a loaf of banana bread or two. Chocolate chip cookies straight outta the oven are my forever crush. (And yeah, you can definitely freeze 'em for a—wait for it—rainy day.) If the crew you're hanging with is the competitive kind, break into teams and have a bake-off.
See which one of your friends is secretly good at bowling.
Start stretching out your wrists because you're going to need to perfect that bowling toss of yours. Also important: bowling alleys are great spots to order massive amounts of junk food—hot dogs, nachos, wings, the works.
Hit up a local brewery.
You don't need sunshine to sip on a crisp local beer. Most breweries offer behind-the-scenes tours too, so you can spend an afternoon learning all about how beer is made while you polish off a pint.
Find live music.
Plenty of bars and clubs have live music every night of the week, so settle on an act that sounds at least a smidge up your alley and order an Uber. Worst case scenario, the band is terrible and you're hanging at a bar with your friends. Order fries for the table and get over it!
Get artsy at a wine-and-paint night.
Thankfully, you don't actually have to be talented with a paintbrush at all to sign up for one of these classes. Just follow the step-by-step instructions and try not to spill any wine on your canvas. Once you're done, you can hang your masterpiece in your house—or burn it, depending on how much vino was consumed.
Let out your inner queen at high tea.
Move over, Meghan and Kate. Give the royal fam a run for their money when you spring for high tea service with your best friend. If you're not sure which yummy spot to pick, look up the fancy hotels in your area. Get in my belly, cucumber sandwiches!
Belt it out at karaoke.
Karaoke nights can be damn cathartic. Kelly Clarkson jams + a heavy pour of tequila = instant therapy.
Solve a puzzle.
As someone with a new-found appreciation for puzzles, trust me when I say that completing an 1,000-piece set is more satisfying than sex.
Use the day to plan your dream vacation.
You've been talking about taking a trip for a while, but you haven't actually gotten around to planning it. That changes today. Pour yourself a cup of tea, open up your laptop, and plot out where you want to go, when you can take off work, and how you'll make it work with your budget.
Make like JVN and go ice-skating.
Hitting an indoor rink for some skating time is not only a super cute date idea, but it's also a great way to trick yourself into exercising without even realizing it. You guys can chitchat while you glide (or stumble?) around the rink.
Show off that big ol' brain of yours at trivia night. Better yet, find a spot that hosts themed nights on a topic you already know a whole lot about. (Friends quotes, anyone?)
Get your sweat on.
Going for a run outside is certainly out of the question (unless you enjoy getting poured on) but you can still get your heart pumping at a fun gym class. Go ahead and treat yourself to one of those celeb-loved boutique studio chains, like Barry's or Body by Simone, or my personal favorite, 305 Fitness. It's a chance to show off your best activewear, too.
Splurge on a meal at a fancy restaurant.
I'm sure there's at least one restaurant you can't stop Insta-stalking. Now's the time to walk in a grab a seat at the bar.
Host a video game tournament.
Even if you're not a huuuuge video-game person, having a bunch of people over to duke it for the title of ultimate champion is pretty damn fun. Or turn it into a drinking game. Beerio Kart is essentially Mario Kart, but you have to finish your drink before you're allowed to cross the finish line.
Put it all on black.
Casinos are a good time any day of the week, but they're especially solid when you want to forget what's going on outside. (Yeah, the rumors are true, a lot of casinos don't have any windows.) Not to be annoying, but um, maybe just set some boundaries for yourself so you don't gamble your whole paycheck, okay?
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