On rainy summer days, when it seems unfair to be kept indoors, we all might do well to think on these famous words: “I know it is wet and the sun is not sunny. But we can have lots of good fun that is funny!” Though these words are by the trouble-making Cat in the Hat of Dr. Seuss fame, we can learn much from them. Consider an “indoor outing” to wile away the hours and wait out the weather until sunny days return.
Visit a Museum
Check out the halls of science, art, and history to add a little learning to your summer fun. Visit museum web sites for more information on at-home activities you can try in advance of your trip. Scout ahead of time, as many museums featuring seasonal or rotating exhibitions that add to the institution’s permanent offerings.
At the museum, make sure to ask lots of questions. This will aid in comprehension of all you’re seeing. Make sure to grab a map at the visitor’s center desk, if one is available, and use this as a treasure map of sorts to guide you on your journey through the hallowed halls of each institution.
See a Movie or Play
Seeing a film or theater production is an excellent way to enjoy culture indoors. Choose a dynamite, action-packed movie to see with friends or family, or a funny play to attend.
To add depth to your viewing, considering reading the book or play before seeing the film or theater production. Compare and contrast the two. What is the same? What is different? Did the motion version of the play match your expectations from reading the text? And which version did you prefer?
The great works of Shakespeare, for example, are available in many forms. Many film adaptations of his works exist as well and might shed light on the actions of the plays once you’ve read them. Film versions of “Much Ado About Nothing” (1993), “Romeo and Juliet” (1996), and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” (1999) are particularly well done. Read the play, then see the film or production, to experience all each work has to offer. Many plays can be found via online bookshops or, of course, at your local library.
Visit your Local Library
At the library, a world of adventure awaits!
You can choose to follow Huckleberry Finn down the mighty Mississippi River; trail behind Atticus Finch as he enters the courtroom; or chase Alice down the rabbit hole to Wonderland. An infinite world of wonder is housed on those library shelves—explore them!