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.