Are you starting to feel cooped up from a long winter in doors? With the rest of the week looking like a rainy one, it’s time to ditch your pyjamas for a parka and head into town. From art to arcades we’ve listed five of the best spots to get out and about around Canberra, without worrying about getting soaked.

Ovolo Nishi Building, New Acton

If you’re looking for a cosy rainy afternoon activity to do after work, the Ovolo Nishi building, located in Canberra’s CBD, is the perfect destination for you. The sustainably built, award-winning Ovolo Nishi building exudes boutique, artistic vibes and is the perfect place to take a date, or catch a movie with friends. The Palace Electric Cinema shows a mix of international and local art-house films, blockbusters, and family favourites. Grab a drink before the movie at the stunning Prosecco bar, and dinner after, at Monster Kitchen and Bar which offers local and seasonal produce. With underground parking leads straight into the building, you’ll stay warm and dry all evening.

National Gallery, Parkes

The NGA is Australia’s leading national visual arts institution, and plays a leadership role in shaping visual arts culture, and engaging and educating people across Australia and the region. The Gallery  includes the world’s largest collection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art, as well as modern and international art. Exhibitions to catch this week include the ‘Devotion Nature Time People: Asian Art’ exhibition, ‘ Urs Fischer’, ‘Belonging: Stories of Australian Art’, ‘ XU ZHEN ETERNITY VS EVOLUTION’, and ‘The Body Electric’. Be sure to park in the Gallery’s underground parking to keep out of the rain, and have a browse at the new NGA Pop-Up Shop on your way out. Entry into the Gallery is free, with tickets priced for specific exhibits.

Canberra Museum and Gallery, CBD

If you love culture, art, history, and national heritage, a relaxing afternoon wandering around Canberra’s Museum and Gallery is the perfect rainy day activity for you. With a mix of engaging and educational works from local and regional artists, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of Australia’s dynamic culture in its global setting. Soak up some culture and experience the diverse history and contemporary culture of the Canberra region. Exhibitions to catch this week include ‘Building a Life: The Jennings Germans story’, The Nolan Collection’, ‘Sidney Nolan and St. Kilda: Memory and Modernism’, and more. CMAG is open Monday – Saturday and conveniently located in Canberra’s CBD. With parking right next to the entrance, you’ll stay warm and dry all afternoon. Make sure to grab a coffee and a cosy soup of the day for lunch at the CMAG Café.
Find more information about CMAG’s free exhibitions here.

King Pin Arcade, Canberra Centre

Ditch the TV remote and pick up some of your best gaming friends to head down Kingpin Arcade, one of Canberra’s most spectacular entertainment hubs. Conveniently located in the Canberra Centre, Kingpin is the perfect destination to bring your friends, a date, or the kids. Activities include ten pin bowling, escape rooms, table tennis, karaoke, pool, Kingpong, foosball, and over 100 arcade games at the Playtime Arcade. Take a break from the games and enjoy a much deserved drink from the Wine & Dine menu at the licensed Cocktail and Sports bars. Avoid the rain by parking in the Canberra Centre’s underground carpark.

Canberra Outlet Centre, Fyshwick

Located in the heart of Fyshwick, Canberra Outlet Centre’s underground parking is located directly under the shops. The Centre has recently announced the opening of their Premium Mall, welcoming a range of new international retailers including Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein, Oroton, and Swarovski. Be sure to grab the girls and head down to check out the Centre’s much loved shops including Nike, Bonds, Puma, Harris Scarf, and T.K Maxx.