Five Things to Do in Mar Vista When it Rains

Don't let the latest showers get you down. You can still have fun in Mar Vista.

While most of the country is freezing or covered in snow or both, we spoiled Southern Californians get thrown off when we have a little rain.

On the bright side, it's nice to have our version of inclement weather so we stay inside and get projects done. Or we can just have fun in a different way.

Here are five things to do in Mar Vista when it rains.

1. Go bowling - , 12125 Venice Blvd, 310-391-5288

Hours: Mon - Thu, 10 a.m. - 11:30 p.m., Fri, 10 a.m. - 1 a.m., Sat, 9 a.m. - 1 a.m., Sun, 9 a.m. - 11 p.m.

Why: Because bowling is fun. There's food, drink and an arcade - everything you need in one place! Also, you can host a party, join a league or take part in Xtreme bowling.

Plus: Join the AMF eClub for a special birthday offer, regular deals amd more.


2. Rent a movie - , 12131 Washington Pl, 310-572-6200

Hours: Daily, 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Why: I love Redbox as much as the next person - what can be better then getting your movies at a vending machine? I'll tell you what: going through the DVDs on the shelf and finding both a classic favorite - as well as a new release - to watch on a rainy day.

Plus: Even though the store stays open till 10 p.m., videos are due back by 9 p.m. There's also a return dropbox.


3. Meet friends for coffee - , 12226 Venice Blvd, 310-397-2227

Hours: Mon - Fri, 6 a.m. - 10 p.m.; Sat, Sun, 7 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Why: Nothing warms you up like good coffee and great conversation.

Plus: Free Wi-Fi and comfy seating. You won't have to leave ... until closing time.


4. Have friends over for dinner - Whole Foods Market, 11666 National Blvd, 310-996-8840

Hours: Daily, 7 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Why: Pick up ingredients for cooking or else buy prepared foods or a deli tray. Call some friends and you have an instant party.

Plus: To really do it up, go to the and "splurge" on paper goods and decor. Clean up will be a cinch and the atmosphere will be incredibly festive.


5. Curl up and read a book - , 12310 Venice Blvd, 310-391-5047

Hours: Mon - Sat, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sun, noon - 5 p.m.

Why: Rainy weather is reading weather. Bundle up and pick up a book. Or stick around. You can get lost in this warm, cozy bookstore.

Plus: Owner and author Bob Klein may have some good reading recommendations. Just ask.


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