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Best Rainy Day Activities In Los Angeles

April 26, 2014 6:00 AM

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Armed with nearly perfect weather all year long, Angelenos spend so much time outdoors that it’s often tough to figure out what do when the rain finally comes down. Don’t despair. If you can’t think of the ideal activity on these rare days, consider the following that should do the trick and then some.
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(credit: Jane L./Yelp)


La Mirada Theater for the Performing Arts
14900 La Mirada Blvd.
La Mirada, CA 90638
(562) 944-9801
www.lamiradatheatre.com

Memories! The ideal theatrical fare for a rainy day in L.A., “Cats” is back on the boards more than three decades after the Andrew Lloyd musical hit London’s West End for its debut. Running through May 11, 2014 at La Mirada, this fantastical experience based on T.S. Eliot’s classic tale all about felines called “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats” will have every member of the family singing like Grizabella, Old Deuteronomy or any of the other memorable kitties they’ll meet on stage.

(credit: The London West Hollywood)

(credit: The London West Hollywood)


Boxwood Cafe
London West Hollywood
1020 N. San Vicente Blvd.
W. Hollywood, CA 90069
(310) 358-7788
www.thelondonwesthollywood.com

High tea is highly encouraged during that rare rainy day in our fair-weathered city. One of the best posts for this spot-on activity is at the London West Hollywood’s Boxwood Cafe where certain brews are served in Japanese tea pots made of iron while hummus is on a menu that typically doesn’t get quite so exotic. Want to stick with tradition? No problem. Tiny tea sandwiches like egg and watercress and fresh-baked scones like Devonshire cream and lemon curd are on the carte while cakes run the gamut from pineapple to macarons. Meanwhile, teas take you around the world with favorites like Mediterranean mandarin hinting at the place from which its leaves were imported. And yes, presentation is a plus at the Boxwood where everything you see looks so good you must eat it.

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(Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images)


The Grammy Museum
800 W. Olympic Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 765-6800
www.grammymuseum.org

Music is everywhere in Los Angeles so why not learn as much as you can about the award-winning kinds observed at the Grammy Museum at L.A. Live? This downtown interactive Mecca for music with its plethora of memorabilia is a tribute to the people who have led the charge into song history as well as the music makers who are in charge today. Be sure to stop by the recording studio on the premises to see if your chops hold up to those belonging to the professionals.

Related: Best Spring 2014 Theater Productions in Los Angeles

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(credit: Shelby Barone)


El Capitan Theater
6838 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(818) 845-3110
www.elcapitan.go.com

This is Disney’s flagship theater, a place where you not only get to see a flick from the Mouse House but you actually get to feel like you’re part of that colorful masterpiece as well. Surprises are in store whenever you hit the El Capitan, whether that be by being privy to witnessing actual props from the movie you’re about to watch or whether you’ll be enchanted by a live concert courtesy of a rare Wurlitzer pipe organ that always takes center stage. The Disney Soda Fountain is right next door and accessible directly through the theater so when it’s raining, you won’t get wet when you have a hankering for a chocolate malt or a cherry phosphate.

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(credit: Aurora R./Yelp)


Bourgeois Pig
5931 Franklin Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 464-6008
www.boureroispig.menutoeat.com

Everybody who lives in Los Angeles needs a secret hideaway for when the weather gets you down. Enter Bourgeois Pig, a homey kind of place that has all kinds of hot beverages- from pirate’s chai to Morrocan mint tea – to warm you up while you catch up on all of the local east side news. You also get to chance to dine on as much as or as little as you feel like scarfing down, from inviting bagels with cream cheese to vegan cookies and fancy croissants to fresh-baked quiches and fire-roasted turkey panini.

Related: Best Bad Weather Activities for Kids in Los Angeles

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TEST Los Angeles freelance travel writer Jane Lasky, contributes to publications such as Travel + Leisure, Vogue and Esquire. Her weekly sojourning column ran in 40 newspapers for 20 years. Jane is anything but an accidental tourist. Check out her articles on Examiner.com.

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