Arts & Culture October 26, 2016

5 things to do on a rainy day in downtown Halifax!

Summer is officially over and temperatures have certainly dropped. We will all have to start spending more time indoors as the weather continues to cool, and we are likely to see more damp, rainy days from here on in. But what is one to do if it’s too wet and cold to be outdoors, but we want to do something fun? Here are five great places to spend a rainy day in Halifax:

1. Art Gallery of Nova Scotia

Even if you’re not an art lover, you are bound to become one after visiting this large provincial art museum. There are not only dozens of rooms full of beautiful things to look at (the permanent collection houses more than 17,000 items!), you can also get a local history lesson, tag along on an artist talk or tour, make a craft with the kids, browse the gift shop, then have a relaxing warm drink in the café, Pavia.

 2. Clay Café

You don’t have to be an artist or art lover to visit this creative centre either. Everything you could need is provided, so all you have to do is grab a bunch of friends and family, your thermos of hot tea, and a set of old clothes and settle in for an afternoon of DIYing!

There are many shapes, sizes and prices of ceramics to choose from and the atmosphere is super friendly and relaxing. The staff will help you along if you need it, or just leave you alone to contemplate your masterpiece and the rain rolling down the windows, whatever you prefer.

3. Museum of Natural History

You could easily spend a full day inside this museum, there are so many interesting and educational activities. Explore the lives of animals at night with Little Ray’s Nocturnal Life show, watch live weather and ocean movements on Science on a Sphere, and peek inside the habitats of the marine animals of our region.

Don’t forget to say hi to Gus the Turtle, who celebrated his 90th birthday this year!

 4. Oxford Theatre

Sure, you could visit one of the giant suburban multiplexes for a rainy afternoon movie, but nothing compares to watching a film in the charming, old-world setting of the Oxford. Turn off your phone and step back in time by seeing a quieter, character-driven independent film for a change. The velvet curtains, ornate statuary and grand balcony take you back to a simpler time when movie-goers only had one movie choice and one theatre.

A rainy day is the perfect time to take it slow lose yourself in a fascinating story.

 5. The Board Room Game Cafe

Playing a board game with a group of loved ones is a great way to pass the time, give your brain a workout and incite some friendly competition. What’s even more fun is playing one in a room full of other groups doing the same thing – the laughter is infectious!

Don’t know what to play? The Board Room staff is very knowledgeable and can recommend something based on your interests and skill level. Their delicious snacks and local beer are sure to keep you toasty for as long as you need.

So, the next time it rains all day, don’t sit at home like a sloth – get out there and enjoy some of the many fun indoor activities that Halifax has to offer!


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