It’s another rainy day in the Lower Mainland. Your picnic is postponed, your hike is on hiatus, your canoe trip is cancelled, and your hop scotch tournament is, let’s be honest, not happening.
But never fear. Just because it’s raining out side doesn’t mean you can’t have any fun. So as the wet weather looks set to take hold, here are our suggestions for 10 fun things you can do indoors in Vancouver.
Sure, you could fire up Netflix, but there’s nothing like going to the movies. The sights. The sounds. The apathetic teen employees. Vancouver has a ton of movie theatres catering to a variety of tastes, from the Scotiabank Theatre for your Hollywood Blockbusters, to The Cinematheque for something a little more independent. See you at the movies.
Living in Vancouver, it can be pretty easy to take it for granted, but the Vancouver Aquarium is one of the top ranked aquariums in the world. Not only is it a well-respected centre for marine conservation and research, but it’s got a dizzying array of sea creatures on display. There are octopi, whales, a million different kinds of fish, as well as shows, 4D movies, and rotating exhibits. Whether you’re an enthusiastic child, a bitter, jaded adult, or some combination of the the two, there’s something for everyone to love here.
Why not take this opportunity to catch up on some history? Vancouver is home to museums of all kinds, from the Museum of Vancouver and the Museum of Anthropology at UBC, to theVancouver Maritime Museum. There’s even the Vancouver Police Museum, which features displays and exhibits of Vancouver’s sordid criminal past, and the men and women who have fought to make a difference.
Vancouver loves artists, and artists love Vancouver. There’s public art all over the place, but if you’re looking for a way to appreciate the finer things without standing in the rain looking at a bunch of laughing guys, there are galleries galore. There’s the Vancouver Art Gallery,Coastal Peoples, the Contemporary Art Gallery, Bau-Xi Gallery, Hot Art Wet City, and a few dozen more. In a city like Vancouver, everything is an art, practiced by a hundred artists. Art is no exception.
Science World is a bonafide Vancouver classic. Dedicated to passing on a love of science to the next generations, Science World has got more than enough to help you pass the time. Constantly changing exhibits, the Omnimax Theatre, and their all-year displays and activities, Science World is a great place to bring the kids. Or your significant other. Or your parents. Anyone really. Science World is great.
There’s no shortage of fine and funny comedy shows in Vancouver. The Comedy Mix and Yuk Yuk’s have shows every night of the week, and there are any number of local shows whenever you’re looking for something a little more local, including the Vancouver TheatreSports League, Kings Head Comedy, the Marathon Mic, Eight 1/2 Inches of Comedy, Jokes Please, and a ton more.
One of the city’s most unique activities, FlyOver Canada will blow you away. Pitched as a “flight ride,” FlyOver sits you in a moving seat under a domed screen, with a variety of programs, including an upcoming Halloween special.