What to do when the weather outside is frightful

There's still plenty of fun waiting regardless of the weather. We gathered some ideas to help you plan a day out while keeping you indoors.

Visit a museum.

There are several great museums and cultural art centers to choose from in the New Orleans area. From everything from art to science, you can find it all. There are quite a few museums you can visit free of charge around the city like the Old U.S. Mint, the House of Dance & Feathers and the Historic New Orleans Collection. You can also catch a break with other museums that offer free admission on certain days. The New Orleans Museum of Art offers free admission to Lousiana residents on Wednesdays. The Ogden Museum of Southern Art offers free admission to Louisiana residents on Thursdays. The Contemporary Arts Center offers free admission to Louisiana residents on Sundays. Also, consider visiting the National WWII Museum or even the Museum of Mardi Gras Costumes and Culture. Photo courtesy: Ogden Museum

Photo courtesy: Sector 6

Go wild at a trampoline park.

Stay dry while getting some great exercise thanks to a couple of trampoline parks in our area. Sometimes parents have just as much fun as kids at these extreme air sports facilities.  Sector 6 and Sky Zone offer fun for the whole family with obstacle courses, foam zones and even dodge ball! Photo courtesy: Sector 6

Tour a local brewery.

The New Orleans metro area has almost overnight become a hopping craft beer scene. Several breweries around the area offer tours. Pour your way through this list great local breweries to start planning. Nola Brewing Company offers free brewery tours Fridays from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturdays from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tour the facility while learning about the process of making beer. During the tour on Fridays, the brewery also gives out tokens for free beer.

Photo courtesy: Audubon Nature Institute

Walk on the wild side.

Explore while learning about the underwater world at Audubon Aquarium, or take a walk on the wild side at the Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium. Learn about interesting creatures and critters of all kinds while enjoying plenty of cool exhibits. Purchase your tickets online and print them at home to avoid long lines. Also, parking validations are available for patrons at select parking lots near the location. Photo courtesy: Audubon Nature Institute

Take a cooking class.

Learn a few new tricks in the kitchen, and create some great New Orleans-style dishes. New Orleans has quite a few cooking schools that can help you brush up on your skills. Check out schools like the New Orleans School of Cooking, Langlois Culinary Crossroads or Cresent City Cooks! for classes.

Break out of an escape room.

Want to put your wits to the test? Test your puzzle-solving skills at some escape rooms around the area like Clue Carré and Escape My Room. These activities put you to the test with challenging puzzles set in a variety of rooms that you have to solve in 60 minutes. The rooms range from the scary to the most adventurous. Photo courtesy: Escape My Room

Enjoy bowling with a twist.

New Orleans sure knows how put a spin on old-fashioned fun. Plan a great time at two of the city’s coolest bowling alleys Rock ‘N’ Bowl and Fulton Alley for a night of drinks, food, music and bowling. Photo courtesy: Fulton Alley

Make it a game night.

When it comes to a game night, there are plenty of options for kids, but sometimes adults want to have a little fun too. Places like BarcadiaShamrock and Dave & Buster’s gives adults a chance to let loose in an arcade-style setting.

Are there other great places to visit on a rainy weekend? If you would like to let Nola Weekend know about any other activities, feel free to drop us a line.