DON'T LET CRUSHING POVERTY RUIN YOUR FUN!
You may not be loaded with an endless amount of money, but that is no reason to not have fun over spring break. Jet setting through Europe or jumping off cliffs in Santorini may be out of the question, but here’s a list of things to do for a relatively cheap mini-vacation...
Do the Irvine Mud Run (April 6)
Get down and dirty this spring break by running a 5K course beginning and ending at the Irvine Lake. There’s no better way to rid yourself of stress and inhibitions than rolling around in mud! There will be some fun obstacles set up throughout the entire course, so get ready to get the adrenaline pumping in you. Go online and register on their website, and the best way to go is to register as a team. If you choose to be team captain, you can have an UNLIMITED number of people in your group and you can therefore split the cost! Don’t forget to bring sunscreen and extra clothes!
Get some spring cleaning done
I am a strong believer that clean and organized surroundings lead to an organized life, or maybe that’s just the OCD in me talking. But there’s no harm in trying to sort through the mess that has accumulated ever since school started that you’ve been too busy to deal with. Go through your stacks of papers and throw out ones that aren’t of use anymore. Vacuum your entire place. Get down on your knees and scrub the grime that’s been annoying you for quite some time off your kitchen floor. And also, in celebration of spring and summer fast approaching, it’s time to store those heavy-duty winter clothes and bring out more floral patterns and brighter colors into your wardrobe.
Go to a drive-in theatre
I had my first drive-in theater experience three weeks ago, and boy did I enjoy it. It’s such a unique experience, and it combines two of my most favorite things—movies and the starry night sky (Yes, I know, I’m cheesy). I didn’t even realize that these still existed till my friend invited me to one. At the entrance you choose which movie you’d want to watch and they’ll have overhead signs leading you on a trail to the right projector. They’ll give you a radio station to tune into and voila! For an optimal experience, I recommend getting some Chinese take-out before hand. The drive-in theatres that I know of are the Vineland Drive-In in the city of Industry and the Devil’s Night Drive-In in LA.
Go on a food crawl
A food crawl is essentially traveling from place to place while sampling different restaurants or other kinds of food establishments. For this to be effective, it should be organized and mapped out well throughout the day. List some food places you’ve always wanted to try but never had the time to. Organize a route based on location and what type of food you plan to get there, whether an appetizer, an entrée, or a dessert. Some places/food I recommend to splurge on are Umami Burger, beignets at the Grand Lux Café in LA, or food trucks such as the White Rabbit (Filipino fusion cuisine) and Lime (inspired American cuisine).
Watch a free comedy show
I don’t know about you guys but I believe that improv is one of the best things to happen to mankind. Watching people coming up with comedic stunts right on the spot and having to think on their toes is absolutely mind blowing to me. I discovered the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre about a year ago, and this nationally recognized improv and sketch comedy school is worth checking out. I’ve been to both the theatre here and their original one in New York City, and my experiences have been nothing less than amazing and ridiculously hilarious. They offer comedy show 7 days a week, but they have a free show everyday Sunday called ASSSSCAT (no idea what that stands for) where the cast members create a show based purely out of suggestions from the audience. The show starts at 7:30 pm and I recommend getting in line an hour beforehand to make sure you get seats.
Catch the last show of Spring Awakening (March 30)
Why not head start your spring break with a school production of this world-renowned musical? This is honestly my favorite musical (and mind you, I’ve seen quite a few), and I couldn’t help but go on an endless rave about it after watching it at the Pantages Theater in 2011. I’m excited to see our theatre production’s take on it and how it will compare. For those of you who have no idea what the musical is about, it’s a coming of age story set in the late 19th century in Germany, where teenagers discover their sexuality amidst a town and education that was deadly conservative. So many controversial topics are covered that it was actually banned in Germany for quite some time. If provocative is your kind of thing, then this musical is for you!