One thing we can bet on is rain in Pittsburgh. But the cloudy, wet weather shouldn’t put a damper on having fun—especially as more and more of us are getting vaccinated. So when the gloomy days hit this spring, here are a few rainy day activities to keep the amusement flowing. 

Pamper yourself at Thrive on Health

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Massage therapy, Reiki energy work, infrared sauna, and intuitive card readings: Thrive on Health is your one-stop-shop for all things self-care in Pittsburgh. Schedule one of their holistic services or grab a product to pamper yourself at home. Some products like the intention candles, ritual kits, Reiki-infused bath and body goodies, and their signature line “Cosmic Clouds,” featuring a fluffy whipped soap made for energetic grounding with tourmaline and shungite, are made in-house. When not made in-house, the products are sourced from small women or minority-owned businesses all over the country. Thrive on Health’s philosophy is community-based and rooted in the idea that what is good for one can be good for all.

Paint inside (or out) of the lines at Paint Monkey

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Feeling creative? Let those juices flow at Paint Monkey’s Waterfront location. For now, Paint Monkey is operating with an open studio format, meaning you can come in and paint at your own convenience. They recommend, however, booking ahead through their website on the weekends to guarantee a seat. All canvases are $25 plus tax and are pre-sketched. There is also a small collection of ceramics to paint.

Want to stay home and paint? Paint kits to-go are available online under “Shop Paint Kits.” Want to paint with a group of friends/family? Paint Monkey still offers larger classes through Zoom. They’re done virtual events with corporations, universities and even family fun parties. Minimum of 12 people. Call for rates.

Make a personalized scent at The Candle Lab

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Nothing is better than cozing up on a on bad weather day with a blanket and a good smelling candle. Make your own signature scent to enjoy on the next rainy day at The Candle Lab in Lawrenceville. With over 120 fragrances to choose from, you can mix and match until you create a something that lights up every pleasure center in your brain. Right now, reservations are required. Schedule online or call (614) 915-0777 x 5 for same day or next day reservations. Afterwards, you can head to one of the many Lawrenceville eating spots that are in walking distance of The Candle Lab.

Make your own brewery crawl  

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As of April 4, you no longer need to buy food to enjoy alcohol. Help support the local craft brewery scene hit hard by COVID and hop around to the over 60 spots open in Pittsburgh. Some options: Sly Fox Brewing, Penn Brewery, Southern Tier, Helltown Brewing, Cinderlands Brewery, Spring Hill Brewery, Burgh’ers Brewing, Eleventh Hour Brewing, Church Brew Works, Trace Brewing, Roundabout Brewery, Hop Farm Brewing Co., Couch Brewery, BrewDog, East End Brewing, Grist House, Dancing Gnome, Hitchhiker Brewing, Cellar Works Brewing, North Country, ShuBrew, Acclamation Brewing, Full Pint, Mindful Brewing, Spoonwood Brewing, Voodoo Brewery. Just make sure to bring a DD. 

This content was provided by a local, independent contributor to Made in PGH, a lifestyle blog.
Jordan Snowden

Jordan Snowden is a Pittsburgh transplant who loves all things literature and music-related. She runs @jord_reads_books, a thriving bookstagram (book Instagram) account where she shares her love for reading and connects with other bookworms. You can usually find her at a concert, nose-deep in a book, or hula hooping.

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