Cold, wet and dark outside? Here’s a list of fun, indoor activities to do around Whatcom

Rachel Showalter/The Bellingham Herald

Winter is on its way which means temperatures are dropping, the sun is setting earlier and the rain is sticking around. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t reasons to get out of the house!

The Bellingham Herald put together a list of fun, indoor activities to do around Whatcom County when getting outside is a bit more challenging.

1. Try bowling.

If you’re looking to mix skill with pub food, bowling might be the activity for you.

20th Century Bowl at 1411 N. State St. in Bellingham offers casual team bowling as well as tournaments throughout the year.

It’s open 3-11 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, noon-11 p.m. Thursday, noon-midnight Friday-Saturday, noon- 11 p.m. Sunday.

But if the bowling alley is busy, it will stay open later than the listed closing times. 20th Century Bowl also features a wide variety of arcade pinball games.

Park Bowl at 4175 Meridian St. in Bellingham is another local option for bowling.

It’s open noon-10:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, noon-midnight Friday-Saturday, noon-10:30 p.m. Sunday.

2. Go to a trivia night.

If you want to test your wits and grab a beer with friends, there is no shortage of trivia around Bellingham. Here are just a few of the local breweries that offer trivia nights.

Kulshan Roosevelt Brewery (K2) at 7 p.m. Wednesdays.

Stones Throw Brewing Co. at 7 p.m. Thursdays.

Time and Materials Taphouse at 7 p.m. Mondays.

3. Visit a recreation facility.

If you’re having trouble getting an outdoor workout in, Whatcom County is full of recreation centers and gyms for exactly the kind of indoor workout you’re looking for.

Go for a swim at Arne Hanna Aquatic Center. Learn how to climb at Vital Climbing Gym.

Play pickleball, take a yoga class or lift weights at the Whatcom Family YMCA.

You could even go rollerskating at Lynden Skateway.

4. Go to a board game cafe or arcade.

If you’re a gamer, here are some options for you.

For those 21 and older, Endgame Bellingham at 118 W. Holly St. is the spot. You can play board games, esports and roleplaying games all while eating food and drinking cocktails.

If you’re looking for something for the whole family, The Ruckus Room at 1423 Railroad Ave. and at the Bellis Fair Mall .has pinball, video games and ticketed games you can play to win prizes. It also sells food, beer and wine.

5. Take a crafting class.

For something more long-term and creative, consider taking a pottery or knitting class.

Burnish Clay Studio and Baker Creek Ceramic Studio in Bellingham both offer classes for beginners and those more experienced with clay.

Northwest Yarns in Bellingham sells materials for knitting and crocheting. The shop also holds weekly classes and social hours.