(photo credit: empmuseum.org)

(photo credit: empmuseum.org)

It’s not just the kids who love summer. We all do. Who can think of a better place to experience summer than the Northwest? When the weather is good, there is plenty to do outside. However, we all know that when the weather is sour, choices for entertainment become limited. Fortunately, Seattle is such a vibrant and artistic city with plenty of inside activities to take advantage of. Here are five of the best new(ish) exhibits featured around town to keep your summer fun.

Can’t Look Away: The Lure of Horror Film
325 5th Ave. N.
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 770-2700

The EMP is a pop culture museum with a variety of exhibits from music to sci-fi housed in the city’s most outrageous building. One exhibit not to be missed if you like to be scared is “Can’t Look Away: The Lure of Horror Film.” Visitors will explore the history of the genre from its beginning at the turn of the 20th century to today. Visitors can view special artifacts including the script from “Night of the Living Dead,” the axe from “The Shining” and the monster suit worn for “Alien.” In addition, this PG-13 rated event features a Scream Booth, Horror Soundscapes and more.

Future Beauty: Thirty Years of Japanese Fashion
Seattle Art Museum
1300 1st Ave.
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 654-3100

The Seattle Art Museum will be unveiling the innovative design of Japanese fashion for the first time ever. Get an up-close look at over 30 years of fashion with an oriental feel. Eighty gowns will be presented along with videos, artist photographs and magazines.

Celluloid Seattle: A City At The Movies
MOHI (Museum of History & Industry)
860 Terry Ave. N.
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 324-1126

Date: Now until Sep. 8, 2013

The Museum of History & Industry still has that “new museum smell” in its new location off Lake Union. The museum’s first exhibit in the new Walker Gallery is “Celluloid Seattle: A City at the Movies.” This exhibit celebrates both the image of Seattle in various films and movie theater history in the city. This interactive find includes film clips shown in recreated mini-theaters, interactive games and activity kiosks.

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Pacific Science Center
200 2nd Ave. No.
Seattle, WA 98109

Date: June 1 through Sep. 2, 2013

Created by the Ontario Science Centre, “Imaginate” attendees will be challenged to expand their minds with five themes that represent possible ways to innovate. One will be challenged to create something out of nothing, strap on giant wings and then try to fly, create designs with lights and music, experience exercises in 3D without the glasses, create friction and more. This crazy playground is open for children and adults alike.

Chihuly Garden And Glass
305 Harrison St.
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 753-494o

Date: Click here for times.

Still less than a year old, the Chihuly Garden and Glass is a sight to behold. There is much to enjoy just from the outside, but inside is where the magic happens with eight galleries including the Glass Forest, the Northwest Room featuring early experiments in glass and American Indian art, the Sealife Room, the Persian Ceiling bursting with color, a “thousand” flowers in the “Mille Fiori” exhibit, the Float Boat and much more.

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Jeffrey Totey is a freelance writer living in Seattle. He has a love for the arts and is a student of pop culture. He covers stories about the performing arts, theater, museums, cultural events, movies and more in the greater Seattle area. His work can be found at Examiner.com.