Sunny Los Angeles can still suffer the occasional rain shower, dampening your carefully planned-out itinerary of hiking, hitting the beach, and strolling Hollywood Boulevard. If grey clouds loom when you wake, not to fret! After checking out these weather-proof activities, you’ll be saying “Rain, rain, please stay in L.A.”
Dinosaur at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles — Photo courtesy of Kirsten
Starving? Devour a bountiful breakfast at Jinky’s Studio Café (4000 Colfax Ave.) to start your morning off right. Home of the best flaky French toast found west of the Mississippi. Friendly servers carry out recently updated menu items like tater tots and whole wheat English muffins along with delicious veggie-filled frittatas, hearty buttermilk pancakes, and original Mexican and Indian inspired dishes. Order the 2+2+2 breakfast–loaded with eggs, bacon, and pancakes–if it’s too early for your taste buds to make a difficult decision between savory and sweet.
Looking for art, dinosaurs, classic cars? Museums in Los Angeles provide the perfect reprieve from gloomy forecasts. Check out the newly opened 14,000 square foot Dinosaur Hall at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles (900 Exposition Blvd.) which is TWICE the size of the museum's former dinosaur galleries. Children love the May Family Discovery Center on the third floor of the Petersen Automotive Museum (6060 Wilshire Blvd.) complete with interactive "hands-on" learning center of car fundamentals. By far one of the most popular museums in the city, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art is the largest art museum in the Western United States. If you’re lucky, it’s a rainy second Tuesday of the month and you can take advantage of the free admission.
Think you can score some dough on Deal or No Deal? In the entertainment capital of the world, TV show tapings are aplenty. Grab your umbrella and line up before the sun rises outside CBS Studios for the chance to be a contestant on Price is Right. Sit out the storm while watching live tapings of sitcoms, Jay Leno or Bill Maher.
Going to the movies in Los Angeles is unlike going to movies anywhere else in the world. This IS Hollywood, after all! Catch a provocative independent flick or classic revival film at smaller cinemas like the New Beverly Cinema (7165 West Beverly Blvd.), Nuart Theatre (11272 Santa Monica Blvd.), or Laemmle Theatres (multiple locations). If you’re dying for a blockbuster action flick or a romantic comedy starring Katherine Heigl, Arclight Cinemas offers a quintessential movie-going experience with reserved seating, alcohol-infused 21+ screenings, and special out-of-the-box programming. Kids will go gaga for the latest Disney flick screening at the legendary El Capitan Theatre (6838 Hollywood Blvd.), which debuted in 1926 as “Hollywood’s First Home of Spoken Drama.”