10 Ideas For This Rainy Weekend

Looks like Mother Nature will bestow some of that great wet stuff this weekend. Although a welcome sight, cabin fever can set in fast. To help make this the best time ever with the kiddos, here's a list of 10 great indoor activities and attractions for the entire family this weekend!!

Check out an awesome museum and stay dry. The Bay Area is full of great indoor options such as the Bay Area Discovery Museum, California Academy of Science, Aquarium By The Bay, Exploratorium and more!

2. Holiday Crafts at I Made It Glass! Creations

You are an artist at I Made It! Glass Creations, fused glass art studio.  Kids and adults can just drop-in or if they would prefer, sign up for an instructor lead class. No special artistic skill or glass experience is needed. Our welcoming and warm staff will assist you "in the moment" with everything you need to know to create beautiful fused glass art!

3. Discover a One-of-a-Kind Adventure at The Dickens Fair

Don’t miss The Dickens Fair! Visit London at the historic Cow Palace Exhibition Halls! Enter the winding lanes of Victorian London and immerse yourself in a world of music halls, theatres, pubs, dance parties, and charming shops overflowing with hand-made holiday treasures. Enticing aromas of roasted chestnuts and hearty foods fill the air. Discover holiday revelry in this lamp-lit city brimming with over 800 lively and colorful characters from the imagination of Charles Dickens, the pages of history, and the sometimes saucy world of the Victorian stage.

4. Bay Model

If you'e looking for a free indoor space for the kids to stretch their legs and expend some energy, the Bay Model is a perfect fit. This three-dimensional hydraulic model of San Francisco Bay and Delta areas are capable of simulating tides and currents. Plus, there are a lot of interesting and educational activities throughout in this Sausalito space. Closed Sundays & Mondays.

5. Japantown

When the weather is being unpredictable, Japantown, with 2 huge indoor malls is one of my go to places. I love to explore as many shops as I can and there are always lots of hidden surprises. But some of my favs include: 

Daiso, a Japanese dollar store that has everything from cool Japanese lunch containers to take-apart erasers and Japanese snacks. Find the Dragon’s Breath! Kinokuniya Bookstore is a great place to find interesting book and magazines including manga (Japanese comic books). For a fun activity, take the kids to "Pika Pika," a room full of photo booths where your kids can create photo stickers with fun and creative backdrops. Food with kids, Isobune Sushi, is classic. It's the famous place with the wooden boats that go around. Benkyodo Company makes great mochi. I bring home a big box every time. Belly Good Crepes are so darling your kids will be so delighted. May's Coffee Shop has delicious taiyaki, a fish-shaped griddle cake with various stuffings (sweet been, chocolate, etc.). Yummy shave ice too. Before heading home, stop at Nijiya Market and pick up Japanese food items including sushi to go!

6. Bowling

Bowling

If bowling is up your alley check out Country Club Bowl in San Rafael or Presidio Bowl in San Francisco.

7. Ice Skating

Ice Skating

Head to the coolest indoor ice skating rinks at Snoopy’s Home Ice in Santa Rosa or Yerba Buena Ice Skating in San Francisco.

8. Visit the Library or Bookstore

Why not take the opportunity to catch up on a great book, or check out some books for the whole family to enjoy at one of the many Bay Area Libraries. Or seek out a local bookstore: Book PassageCopperfieldsBooks Inc.Green Apple BooksDepot Bookstore & Cafe, so many to choose from.

9. Movies

Photo Credit:  Smartfeed

Photo Credit: Smartfeed

You'll find loads of great options for all ages at the movies this holiday season such as 'Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch', ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’ and 'Mary Poppins Returns.' Or have an indoor movie night. Not sure what to watch that's age appropriate? Check out Smartfeed for a huge list of awesome options that everyone will love.

10. Indoor Swimming

Swimming Pools

Take the plunge at an INDOOR pool!