Rain may be coming, but that sure doesn’t put a stop to the fun in Los Angeles. We’ve compiled a list of ten great rainy day activities that will have you and the kids entertained all the way through the mucky weather. Don’t hide for cover come showers, embrace the weather by enjoying these great indoor activities.

1. Visit the Coolest Interactive Kids Museum in Los Angeles
Kidspace Science Museum has activities galore! From digging for fossils, to climbing rock walls, to exhibitions where your little ones can get their hands on everything, this place is truly a blast!

2. Get Reading at a Kid-Friendly Book Store in Los Angeles
When the weather turns cool, there’s nothing more relaxing than snuggling up with a great book. Head to a local book store where you will find all your favorites, plus fun for the kids!

3. Spend the Day at the Skirball Cultural Center
Skirball is a renowned cultural center that makes history something cool and exciting. Kids will love the true to life Noah’s Ark as well as the Dig It archeology exhibition. Who knew that history and fun could make such a great combination?!

4. Make Your Wish List Early
It’s about time for Santa to come out of hibernation, and we adults know that means mom and dad have got work to do. Start your Christmas shopping early this weekend by hitting up these great kid-friendly toy stores in Los Angeles. You’ll be able to check things off your list while your little one has a ball surrounded by so many toys!

5. Get Down at the Getty Center
This impressive museum has stunning architecture, a luscious garden, and breathtaking views of downtown Los Angeles. Don’t miss their Family Room, made specifically for the young ones with games and activities they’ll really enjoy.

6. Rejuvinate with the Kiddos at a Kid Friendly Coffee Shop
Baby, it’s cold outside. So head inside to these buzz-worthy coffee shops where you can re-caffeinate while the kids sip on hot cocoa.

7. Omm! Take a Yoga Class
Namaste. Yes, Yoga really is relaxing, even with the kids in tow! Try these great yoga classes that welcome both kids and families. Why not get the whole family in shape this holiday season?

8. Travel Back to Prehistoric Times at the Dinosaur Hall at the Natural History Museum
Don’t worry, young ones, they’ve been extinct for millions of years. But yes, they look uncannily real at the Natural History Museum’s new Dinosaur Hall. Your kids sure won’t miss the sunshine while staring into the jaws of T-Rex!

9. Do Your Part and Go Green
Tis’ the season of giving. And that means it’s also the season of buying. Get a head start on that wish list and check out these5  great eco-savvy boutiques that help make our world greener and your shopping list shorter.

10. Rather stay indoors and create your own activities? We’ve got some great indoor craft ideas to keep you and the kids busy all weekend long! Try making an autumn wreath, an apron out of dish towels, and/or your very own bubbles!

Don’t stay inside singing Rain, Rain, Go Away – take advantage of all that Los Angeles has to offer and wipe away those rainy day blues!

— Jessica Abelson

Photo credit: Arwen Abendstern via flickr