Everyone knows that college students are always out to save a few bucks, and local businesses often play a huge role in this. Bloomington-Normal is no different, with deals seemingly around every corner. Many students are only aware of the deals that involve food or drinks, since those are typically more advertised. But entertainment in the area has no shortage of deals. Check out this list to find out a few locations that offer discounts.
Although Wednesdays at ISU are typically deemed “Pub Wednesdays” for the deals students can receive, it isn’t exactly satisfying to be under 21 years old and unable to access these deals. For those of you not looking to drink in the middle of the week, an alternative fun option is to attend a movie. “Wehrenberg Wednesdays” have been deemed such due to the discount students receive when they attend a show on Wednesdays. In addition to the $3 show, you can also sign up for a Wehrenberg MVP card which allows you one small free popcorn, and as you buy other snacks, you earn more points, ultimately leading to more deals. Meredith Maughan, a fifth-year senior majoring in psychology and painting, explained that she learned about the deal randomly when she had gone to the theatre on a Wednesday night. “I like to go because it’s a great deal. It’s also good for hanging out with friends in a large group,” she added. Next time you’re looking to spice up your Hump Day, call (309) 828-8081 to find a showtime you want.
Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts
If you’re looking to become a little more “cultured” in your college career, perhaps the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts (BCPA) is the place for you. The BCPA offers a wide range of performances, such as symphony concerts, musicians, plays and book readings. While not all of these seem like typical college student activities, you may be surprised how entertaining these performances can be and how they can relate to other aspects of your lives, such as readings of books you have read in class. Ticket costs vary in price depending on the event and on the location of seats you choose, but there is the option of selecting “student” when ordering tickets online. This discount can only be effective if you present your student ID when you attend the event. For a full schedule of upcoming events and more details about the student discount, call the BCPA at (309) 434-2777.
While the Bowling and Billiards Center (BBC) has quite the draw due to its student discounts, you may want to try something different that has other entertainment options aside from the basics found at an alley. Pheasant Lanes in Bloomington offers $2 Tuesdays, and although this is a little pricier than the BBC, you also have the option of miniature golf and sand volleyball. Additionally, if you feel the need to have a drink, the Tuesday deal includes $2 well drinks and $2 domestic cans, something else not available at the BBC. Plus, if you are looking to sign up for a league to get some extra practice, you have the option of doing this at Pheasant Lanes. For more information, go to pheasantlanes.net or call (309) 663-8556.