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5 Fun Things to Do When It’s Raining in North County San Diego

Fun Things to Do When It's Raining in North County San Diego

The weather forecast for the next few days calls for rain. Can you believe it? Just a day after such a glorious warm sunny day, it doesn’t make sense. As we all know, San Diego and rain go together like oil and water. Locals pretend to know how to drive when they really don’t. And the people that have moved here from more weathered parts of the country go about their lives as if nothing were different at all. If you don’t want to let the rain put an end to your holiday fun, and a stormy day at the beach isn’t the answer for you, here are a few dry places to keep your smiles turned upward.

1. Get Air Trampoline Park | VISTA

Kids 46″ and over, as well as adults, can have a jumping good time with wall to wall trampolines, slack lines, and a foam pit. There are pick-up up games of dodge ball played on the trampolines, slamball, or have a try with The Ninja Course — a maze of walls and trampolines.

2. Get Excited About An Escape Room | NORTH COUNTY

If you haven’t tried an escape room yet, why not try now? The wet weather can’t dampen the suspense. Here are three North County San Diego Escape Rooms where you can test your puzzle solving skills at the same time having a fun night with friends.

3. Have a Painting Party | NORTH COUNTY

There are painting classes—many with vino or where you can BYOB — great for a girls night out, celebrations of any kind, and even proposals. Check out this list of 11 painting party locations all over North County including Oceanside, Carlsbad, Encinitas, Rancho Bernardo, San Marcos, and more.

4. Ice-Plex | ESCONDIDO

If you like the feel of the cold, embrace it with a fun round of ice skating! While the rink is often used for birthday parties, hockey lessons, and figure skating lessons, there are currently many sessions available for public skates at their seasonal Winter Wonderland.

  • Address: 555 N Tulip Escondido, CA 92025
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5. Playwerx | CARLSBAD

If you have younger children from tots to ten, Playwerx is a fun way for the littles to get their exercise indoors on a rainy day. There is a multi-level climbing play structure with slides, swings, ball pits, and more. If they need a break, there’s a soft play room and a book nook. Parents will enjoy the free Wi-Fi and cafe that serves espresso drinks, teas, lunches and snacks for both adult and kid-sized appetites.

  • Address: 6060 Avenida Encinas Carlsbad, CA 92011
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Photo Credit: Joe Wolf

Jen Leo: Jen Leo writes the nationally syndicated Web Buzz column for the Los Angeles Times and co-hosts the podcast This Week in Travel. She loves trying new restaurants and discovering local makers as she bounces between her homes in Carlsbad, CA and Charleston, SC with her husband and 7 year-old daughter. Follow her travels on Twitter and Instagram, and her daydreams on Pinterest.