Tuesday, October 3

Top 10 things to do over spring break

By Amy Taylor

It’s spring break, and you’re stuck in Nashville.

Well, stuck isn’t exactly the best word. So what if you’re not able to make it home during this week of no classes? Nashville is an overflowing gauntlet of places to go and people to meet. There is always something to do. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by all the potential choices to be made, here are ten of the best to get you started. Whatever you do, don’t just sit there. Go.

1. Study

Who wants to study over spring break, right? Think about it, though. Seven extra days to get your work done and be one step ahead of the game. It’s a win-win situation.

2. The $1.50 theater

Movies for $1.50 no matter your age or time of day. Check it out.

Carmike Cinemas Hickory 8 in Antioch

Address: 901 Bell Road

Phone number: 615-731-0039

Web site: http://www.carmike.com/showtimes.aspx?fct=5&tid=51

3. The Frist

The Frist Center for the Visual Arts is a non-profit art exhibition center located in downtown Nashville, and it is open seven days a week. College students get in free with their student ID every Thursday and Friday night from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. The café is open until 9 p.m

Calendar of events, exhibitions, and programs happening now: http://www.fristcenter.org/site/calendar/default.aspx

The Heroes exhibit: A display of objects that define ancient Greek heroes between the sixth and first centuries BC

From Post Office to Art Center: A display of how the The Frist was created

Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: 10:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday: 10:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m. Saturday: 10:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Sunday: 1:00–5:30 p.m.

Location: 919 Broadway, Nashville, Tennessee 37203

4. Ice-skating

Feeling inspired by the winter Olympics? Then get out there on the ice. The Centennial Sportsplex in Nashville is open Monday-Thursday 5:30 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday 5:30 a.m.-6 p.m., and Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Phone number: 615-862-8480

5. Sleep

Okay, so this one doesn’t require you to go out into the hustle and bustle of Nashville. You’re a college student, though, and you probably don’t do this enough. According to the National Sleep Foundation, adults need between seven and nine hours of sleep every night; however, 39% of adults get less than the needed amount of sleep every night. And in a survey conducted on the campus of Texas A&M University in 2007, only seven percent of the students at the university felt rested after waking up in the morning, and 26% of the students’ grades were affected negatively because of sleep problems. So, sleep away.

6. Geocaching

It’s a hide and seek game that takes place in over 100 countries and on all seven continents using GPS’s. Check out the geocaching website, type in your zip code, and the coordinates of a geocache (a water proof container that sometimes hold trading items) near you will appear. Once you have located a geocache using your own GPS, you sign the logbook within the geocache, return it to its original home, and then share your geocaching story with others on the geochaching Web site: http://www.geocaching.com/.

7. Picnic

It’s supposed to be in the upper 50’s the 7th-12th. Considering the bitter winter we’ve had, take advantage. Check out Centennial Park on West End in Nashville or Fannie Mae Dees Park (more commonly known as the dragon park) also in Nashville.

8. Predators game

The Nashville Predators are playing a home game against the Vancouver Canucks March 7th at 2:00 p.m. at the Bridgestone Arena. The cheapest tickets are going for $32.67, and they can be bought through Ticketmaster at www.ticketmaster.com.

9. The Vespers CD release show

The Belcourt Theater in Hillsboro Village not only plays independent movies and older classics, but it’s also a music venue, and Nashville’s very own sibling-based, folk rock band The Vespers are playing there March 11th at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $10 and can be bought at http://www.belcourt.org or over the phone: 615-383-9140. Free copies of the CD will be given to everyone attending the event.

Location: 2102 Belcourt Avenue – Nashville TN 37212

10. Mini-golf

Europa Go-Karts & Golf is in Nashville, and not only does it have mini-golf, but it also has a batting cage and a game room.

Mini Golf: Adult Mini Golf (18 holes) $8.00

Batting Cage: 12 balls $1.00 – 15 minutes $15.00 – 30 minutes $30.00

Game room: Takes quarters Location: 621 Old Hickory Blvd. Nashville,Tennessee 37209

Phone number: 615-356-0301

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