Rainy days

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 27 August, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 27 August, 2005, 12:00am

Korean pop star Rain's latest hit, It's Raining, may be your favourite song at the moment, but when it's really raining day after day you may not feel quite so thrilled.

Are you bored of slouching on your sofa all day, watching meaningless TV and stuffing yourself with potato crisps?

To help you get up off that sofa, we've come up with some fun things for you to do without getting wet:

Go to the Central Library. Okay, so the library might not be the most obvious place to have fun, but the Central Library is really something else. It's the first library in Hong Kong to have a section especially designed for young adults with loads of books, magazines and multimedia materials for teen readers.

There's also an audio-visual library with 100,000 items to choose from, a language learning centre where you can brush up on your English or Putonghua, an arts resource centre, a map library and even a music practice room.

It's located at 66 Causeway Road, Causeway Bay. Entry is free; just take your ID card. For more information, visit www.hkpl.gov.hk

Visit the Robot Zoo Exhibition at the Science Museum. Where else can you come face-to-face with a rhino with a detachable head and a platypus wearing goggles?

Eight super-sized animal robots show how the wonders of nature work. Not only can you learn why house flies are so sensitive to danger and how a grasshopper makes gigantic leaps of 20 times its length, but you can also 'disappear' wearing a chameleon coat and try on a tortoise shell.

The exhibition runs until October 25. Admission to the exhibition is $10 for full-time students. Admission to the museum is $12.50 except on Wednesdays when it's free.

Go to www.hk.science.museum or call 2732 3232 for more information.

Go to the cinema. Watching movies at home on TV is just not the same as seeing all the action up there on the big screen.

Feast your eyes on Hollywood's latest offerings, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Racing Stripes and Valiant, or support the Asian movie industry and watch Moments of Love or Little Brother.

So get up off that sofa now, swap those crisps for some popcorn, and book online at www. cityline.com.hk or www.cinema.com.hk.

Tickets are usually about $40 for full-time students.

Go ice skating. As long as you don't fall down, you shouldn't get wet at an indoor ice skating rink!

Visit www.icepalace.com.hk, www.glacier.com.hk, www.skyrinkhk.com or call the Riviera Ice Chalet in Tsuen Wan on 2407 1100 for more information.

Admission is around $45-60 with free use of skates. Some rinks also offer skating lessons. What a 'cool' new skill to learn this summer.

Go swimming. Sorry, but this is the one rainy day activity where we can guarantee you will get wet!

There are seven public swimming pools on Hong Kong Island, 11 in Kowloon and 16 in the New Territories, and all have lifeguards on duty.

Admission is $9 for full-time students. For details, including locations and opening hours, visit www.lcsd.gov.hk/beach/en/swim-intro.php