Rain, rain go away… or maybe stay?

Fun activities to do when April showers occur

As the old saying goes, “April showers bring May flowers.” In San Antonio alone, there are many opportunities to spend time doing activities regardless of the weather. The San Fernando De Bexar Cathedral is easily accessible from the river walk in downtown San Antonio and is quite the sight from an architectural perspective. Art museums are also enjoyable on a rainy day. The Briscoe Western Art Museum, the Witte Museum and the McNay Art Museum have an expansive collection of artwork and are free for Trinity students. What’s more, all three of these sights are less than 15 minutes away from the Trinity campus.

Angela Ruth Molzan, a sophomore communication major and film studies minor, shared that going to the museums around Trinity has been a lot of fun for her. Molzan said that she loves looking at art and the cool exhibits they have had there in the past. She also shared that she sometimes enjoys spending time in her room when it rains, as it is calming for her.

“Watching the rain fall makes me feel more at ease. I love living in Thomas and spending time on my balcony. My roommate and I like to sit out there whenever we can and enjoy the weather,” Molzan said.

For shoppers and the craftier types, Historic Market Square is a great place to visit to buy cute and artistic souvenirs which are inspired by Hispanic culture. The Market Square also has treats such as gorditas, lemonade and Mexican snack foods.

Nearby shopping malls like North Star Mall, South Park Mall and Rivercenter are good for bigger retail stores and indoor shopping days. La Cantera, being outdoors, may make it harder to walk around and shop, so indoor malls provide a safer place.

For the rainy-day movie type, Alamo Drafthouses or any other movie theaters around San Antonio have exactly the movies one might be looking for. The Regal Alamo cinema in the Quarry, just about seven minutes from campus by car, has the latest new movies as well. Walking around the Quarry in general and store-hopping from restaurants to shops are also fun ways to spend time.

Insiyah Yusufali, junior psychology major, ventured out to the Regal Alamo Quarry on an especially rainy day for a viewing of “Everything Everywhere All at Once” with her four friends.

“The movie was so surreal and mind-blowing and the rain outside contributed to the experience. After, my friends and I drove around downtown San Antonio and took in the environment,” Yusufali said.

On campus, rainy-day activities include cooking in the dorm kitchens, exercising in the William H. Bell Center or enjoying the indoor spaces provided by the quiet facilities and buildings on campus. Drawing, reading, journaling, napping and self-care are creative ways to also spend a rainy day in the dorms. Hosting a game night with friends or a girl’s or boy’s night could also be a great way to enjoy the company and stay inside. Some students even shared that just ordering takeout and catching up on their favorite shows or movies is good downtime for them during such weather.

Haley Huck, a junior environmental studies and human communication double-major, shared that she does not like the rain because it makes her sad, especially when it is gray outside. In addition, Jalen Leonce, a junior psychology major, shared that he enjoys when it rains outside as he likes to lay low and chill at home.

“I really like getting something to eat, preferably take out from some of my favorite restaurants, and sitting inside and watching a movie on Netflix and relaxing. It’s honestly really nice and I really enjoy the rain,” Leonce said.