As college students, we’re at an age where we have increasing responsibilities, like adults, but we still like to participate in activities often associated with kids, such as playing games. This balancing act is made even more difficult by our lack of income (or significantly lower income than most adults).
Sometimes, though, it is important to bring out our inner child. This can help alleviate stress and give us a break from our hectic schedules. The impression that society often gives is that college students only like to drink for fun, which we know is not true. There are a variety of other options, and here are just a few to add to your list of possibilities for next weekend!
For those of you who don’t get enough virtual shooting with games like “Call of Duty,” Urban Warfare could be just the perfect location for you. The company offers paintballing, laser tag, and splatmaster (which the website describes as paintball for beginners). Although this can be a little pricey, if you get your entire group of friends together, laser tag can be as little as $10 per person. There are safety risks involved in all of these activities, so a signed release form is required. Urban Warfare is located at 14088 Prairie Commercial Park off of East 1400 North Road in Bloomington. Saturdays and Sundays are the only open-range days, with all other days requiring appointments. For more information, call (309) 261-2596.
You may have already been to Rader Farms to get a pumpkin or two for carving jack-o-lanterns, but there are not any apple orchards in the immediate Bloomington-Normal area. However, Curtis Orchard and Pumpkin Patch in Champaign offers every fall activity a person could hope for: apple-picking, a corn maze and pony rides. This adventure is a bit of a drive, but as the location nearest Illinois State’s campus and just a few minutes from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, it is likely that many ISU students would visit. Visit
curtisorchard.com to see if the trip is worth it for you.
Although parks aren’t necessarily thought of as a fun place to go once you hit the age of 12, they offer a lot more than you might remember. There are a significant number of parks throughout Bloomington-Normal, but Rollingbrook Park stands out. Aside from the traditional playground equipment, there are also three tennis courts, a softball diamond, and an inline hockey rink. Something else you could do with your friends here is have a picnic. The park itself is free; however, it does cost money to reserve certain areas. Rollingbrook Park is located at 1002 Hershey Rd. in Bloomington, with hours from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Alcohol is not permitted on the premises. For specific information regarding certain reservation fees, call (309) 434-2260.