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A rainy forecast can be discouraging, but we found creative ways to keep yourself – and your family – busy while you weather the storm. Whether you’re in the mood to cook or flex your gaming skills, here are five unique ways to spend a rainy day across Canada.
 

Cooking classes at the Dirty Apron, Vancouver

If your typical rainy-day routine involves curling up on the couch to binge-watch MasterChef reruns, cooking classes at the Dirty Apron will be right up your alley. Learn how to cook a full four-course meal in just two hours – without picking up a single cooking utensil. Students learn by watching, listening and tasting. Think of this as a live-action cooking show that you can actually taste. Bonus: Each dish is paired with a glass of wine.

540 Beatty St., Vancouver, 604-879-8588, dirtyapron.com/cooking-school

VR Arcade at VR Arena, Calgary

Virtual reality has come a long way over the past few years, and VR Arena is a testament to that. Spend the day fully immersed in the midst of a zombie apocalypse, or compete with friends in a multiplayer party game. Private rooms are also available for larger groups.

2010 30th Ave. N.E., Suite 8A, Calgary, 403-250-5724, vrarena.ca

Archery Tag at Combat d’Archers, Montreal

In the mood to move? Head to Combat d’Archers in Montreal’s Hochelaga neighbourhood to flex your archery skills. Down the street from the Olympic Stadium and the Montreal Botanical Garden, this archery tag experience offers an AstroTurf field, family-friendly bows and foam-tipped arrows.

3955, rue de Rouen, Montreal, 438-496-6339, combatdarchers.ca

Museum of Illusions, Toronto

A place where nothing is as it seems, the Museum of Illusions invites you to experience the laws of gravity, test your balance and get a sense of what infinity looks like in a variety of completely disorienting permanent exhibits.

132 Front St. E., Toronto, 416-889-2285, museumofillusions.ca

The Discovery Centre, Halifax

Get ready to unleash your inner scientist at this Halifax institution. The Discovery Centre has been a rainy-day landmark for locals and tourists alike since its inception in 1990 – and for good reason. From an immersion dome theatre to creative coding classes, you’ll find activities for curious-minded adults and kids.

1215 Lower Water St., Halifax, 902-492-4422, thediscoverycentre.ca

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