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BY JOHNNY GARCIA
Spring Break starts on March 21st and lasts until March 25th, and there is plenty to do locally if you’re looking for some fun with your break from classes.
To either kick-off or end off Spring Break, Flightdeck in Anaheim is a unique experience you can’t find anywhere else nearby. Flightdeck offers in-depth flight simulations for both fighter and airline pilots, right down to wearing uniforms. Flightdeck is only open Friday through Sunday and is worth the trip for one of the most unique experiences you can have in Orange County.
If you want to keep things simple, then Mile Square Regional Park in Fountain Valley is the perfect destination. There are plenty of activities to do in the park, enough to make a whole day out of it. It offers an archery range, paddle boat rentals, a fishing area, a fitness course, and bike trails. Most activities are free as well, making for a fun, cheap way to spend a day.
Hi-Tech Archery in Fullerton is another hotspot, open every day but Sunday and Monday. They have a storefront to buy or upgrade archery equipment, as well as an open shooting range in their basement. If you’re inexperienced with archery, Hi-Tech Archery offers both group and private lessons. For those well-versed in archery, Hi-Tech Archery has weekly leagues that meet every Wednesday night.
For those who want to try something new, the Buena Park Raceway is only right around the corner from campus. Buena Park Raceway is the local place to race slot cars, open daily except Monday and Tuesday. You can purchase parts and participate in races, with a wide inventory available to help you get into a new hobby.
If you have a group that loves to sing, check out Pang Pang Karaoke in Hawaiian Gardens! Pang Pang Karaoke offers rooms of all sizes and an extra free hour during their Happy Hour from 2-7p.m. Pang Pang Karaoke offers up-to-date song lists and premiere equipment for all of your karaoke needs!
Want some vintage fun? Look no further than the Holiday Skate Center in Orange. It is one of the few roller rinks that are still open in the area and is great for all ages. Holiday Skate Center has theme days, as well as lessons for those who are inexperienced with roller skating. If you don’t have your own skates, Holiday Skate Center offers low-cost rental on top of low-cost admissions.
Going out to eat might not seem like an interesting thing to do over Spring Break, but eating at Sauced BBQ And Spirits in Orange sure is. With a wide selection of various barbeque meats and a cozy aesthetic, Sauced is extra unique in that it also offers an ax-throwing range for when you’re done eating or to prepare yourself for your meal.
For an all-around amusement location, look no further than Round One in Santa Ana (with nearby locations in the City Of Industry and Lakewood as well). Round One offers a large arcade with all sorts of games, ranging from ticket to fighting to even imported crane games. Round One also offers bowling, billiards, and private karaoke rooms. It’s easy to spend an entire day at Round One, making it a perfect place to check out during Spring Break.
Video game fans may want to take a trip over to Cerritos to check out Sandbox VR, a group virtual reality experience. They have multiple games you can play, as well as reservations to ensure you’ll have a chance to play and enjoy the experience at any time. They offer five different games, including sci-fi, horror, and pirate-themed games, allowing you to explore various worlds. You can choose your game when booking an appointment, or choose when you arrive at the location.
Movie fans who don’t mind a drive into Los Angeles, the Academy Museum Of Motion Pictures has opened up to the public, and it’s perfect for you. There are plenty of exhibits for fans of film to enjoy. Stories Of Cinema goes over the stories behind the people making the movies. Hayao Miyazaki is the only temporary exhibit the Academy Museum Of Motion Pictures currently offers, and it will be a part of the museum until June 5th. The exhibit features the original cels, storyboards, and posters of many films in Studio Ghibli’s filmography.
If you’re looking for a fun, unique way to exercise, check out Hangar 18 in Orange (with locations in Arcadia, Long Beach, and Mission Viejo as well). Hangar 18 is an indoor rock climbing gym for people of all skill levels. Hangar 18 offers traditional indoor rock climbing with safety ropes, as well as Bouldering, a special kind of climbing that has no rope, and instead a padding system to protect yourself.
For the adventurous and those who don’t mind a drive out to Corona, Skull Canyon Ziplines is a nice active way to spend a day. Skull Canyon Ziplines offers both multiple zipline courses as well as a sky gym. Each Zipline experience comes with an included hike, generally two to three hours long before getting to the ziplining. The sky gym has multiple levels of intensity, each with its own objectives and challenges for you to take on. They’re open every day but Wednesday and Thursday.