Fore­casters pre­dict a wet and wild ride later in the weekend here in Boston, where Hur­ri­cane Irene could deliver a trop­ical storm to the region. If you’re second-​​guessing your out­door plans, there is still plenty to do indoors in and around the city before the full force of the storm hits.

In addi­tion to Boston’s mas­sive mul­ti­plexes near Boston Common and in the Fenway neigh­bor­hood, the area is home to a handful of smaller the­aters that show less-​​mainstream films. The Coolidge Corner The­atre mixes art-​​house screen­ings with weekly mid­night show­ings of cult clas­sics and spe­cial events, such as talks by aca­d­e­mics about the sci­ence (or lack thereof) in big-​​screen clas­sics. The nine-​​screen Kendall Square Cinema offers a wide selec­tion of indie flicks and smaller films that might not find their way to a multiplex’s screens—and boasts some excel­lent pop­corn. The Brattle The­ater in Har­vard Square shows films both classic and new, but is per­haps best known for its spe­cial screen­ings, such as its reg­ular show­ings of “Casablanca” timed with Harvard’s exam schedule.

Much of Boston’s shop­ping is located along out­door thor­ough­fares like New­bury Street and Har­vard Square, but there are plenty of places to shop away from the rain and weather. The sprawling Copley Place and Shops at the Pru­den­tial Center host nearly every kind of shop, from an always-​​busy Barnes and Noble to high-​​end retailers like Tiffany & Co. and Neiman Marcus. Or, take a drive out to The Mall at Chestnut Hill, which has a variety of stores selling clothes, shoes, com­puters and housewares.

You’ve prob­ably been meaning to hit up the new Art of the Amer­icas wing at the Museum of Fine Arts for months now, and this rainy weekend might be your best shot—and remember: admis­sion to the MFA is free for North­eastern under­grad­u­ates with a valid Husky Card. If you’re feeling inquis­i­tive, head down to the Museum of Sci­ence, where you can admire the stars in the new plan­e­tarium or see light­ning gen­er­ated with the museum’s mas­sive Van de Graaff gen­er­ator. The Insti­tute of Con­tem­po­rary Art, located on the South Boston water­front, has an impres­sive col­lec­tion of modern art along with top-​​notch views of Boston Harbor, allowing you to watch the storm behind glass walls.