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Top Five Things to Do on a Rainy Day

Publication Date: 4/15/2013

by Ellie Skochdopole ′15

As much as we love this city, sometimes the weather isn’t the best. Being right off the Mississippi, it’s not unusual to find us drenched in a three-day long downpour. But, as always, Memphis delivers in a big way to help us overcome the rainy day blues. Here are our top five favorite things to during less than sunny weather.

1. See a movie at Malco Paradiso
While many people flock to the theaters during a storm, not everyone can say that their cinema is modeled after an Italian Villa. That’s right, this place has got everything—a fountain, a balcony, and some pretty impressive arches that rival the Roman’s. Big, cushy, love seat-style seating makes for a great place to catch a flick, eat some popcorn, and put your weather worries behind you.

2. Bowl a strike at Billy Hardwick’s All Star Lanes
Who doesn’t love to bowl? And with these prices, even a college student can indulge in a round or two. Between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., two hours of bowling is $8 (including shoe rental and tax). If you really want to get the party started, make a reservation for after 9 p.m. on Thursday—$5 will get you unlimited Cosmic Bowling under a black light.

3. Shop the sales at Wolfchase Galleria
There’s no better way to beat the rainy day blues than with some retail therapy. Wolfchase has every store imaginable, from budget friendly Forever 21 to splurge stores like Brooks Brothers. There are also multiple restaurants, a nail salon, and a movie theater, if the shopping scene isn’t really for you.

4. Bounce around at Sky Zone
Imagine a place where the ground is made of trampolines. Fun, right? That’s all there is at Sky Zone, an indoor trampoline world where you can bounce for hours at a reasonable price. So get ahead and let your inner child fly.

5. Catch some culture at the University of Memphis Art Museum
If you’re looking for a little more “refinement” in your life, then pop over to nearby University of Memphis next time it rains. They have really interesting exhibitions, including temporary contemporary exhibits (the one currently showing is called Time Pools: Accessing the Aquifer) as well as permanent collections of African and Egyptian artifacts. There’s even a mummy. How cool is that?!

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