Activities to do this summer on a budget

Anglea Swierczynski, Staff Writer

A lot of students don’t have jobs to fill their time this summer. Others have jobs, but may be on a tight budget. You don’t have to be rich to have fun this summer. Meteorologists call for a hot vacation, so the best way to spend it is outside.

First, try camping under the stars or even in a tent. You could camp at Stony Creek, or in your own backyard. Get the bonfire going, and look at the stars with your friends.

“I  go camping, and I think it’s nice to get away from the city,” sated Brook Burnham, ‘17.

Some constellations to look for during the summer nights would be Scorpio, Draco, Ursa Minor, Hercules, and Boötes.

Another way to get in touch with nature is to go hiking. Michigan may seem flat and boring, but it has nice trails to offer.

Nathaniel Myers, ‘18 stated, “Depending on how long you go, the equipment can be expensive. It’s a lot of work, but the sights you can see make it pretty fun.”

Grab some friends and plan to go hiking at Stony Creek, Bloomer Park, or Bald Mountain Recreation Park. These parks offer long and short hiking trails, lakes to swim in, and areas to barbeque.

Charlotte Bachelor, ‘18, stated, “I think it’s nice to be out in nature and enjoy the outdoors,”

Another idea for summer fun are concerts. Tickets for big concerts and festivals are expensive, but if you look hard enough, you can find cheap or free music events to go to.

“There’s a free show at the Crofoot this summer. It’s a great way to get into some new music,” stated Bachelor.

If the summer heat is draining you, stay inside for a day and try a movie marathon with your friends. Some exciting movies to watch with friends involve the Matrix Trilogy, the Harry Potter series, Saw, Step Up, and Marvel superheros. Be sure to make time because some of these marathons range from 5-20 hours.

Also, you can binge watch tv shows if  movies are too long for you. Good shows offered on Netflix are Breaking Bad, Jane the Virgin, Friends, and Grey’s Anatomy.

Burnham stated, “Jane the Virgin is a really good comical drama to watch with friends.”

You could also relive the history of Michigan, and try local museums. Start small with the Selinsky-Green Farmhouse Museum on 11 mile, and then move up to somewhere bigger like the Detroit Institute of Arts or the Henry Ford Museum. It’s important to keep in touch with our state’s history and art even if we’re not learning about it in a classroom.

If you’ve hit the mid-summer slump, try something new. Hobbies don’t have to be unique. You could pick up on reading, swimming, running, or yoga. Try something that relaxes you or makes you feel better about yourself. Don’t get stuck on social media all day. Instead, start a new hobby with some friends.

Finally, one of the most important parts of summer vacation is the food. Try learning how to cook new recipes.

“I personally love cooking with a passion. I do it to pass time. Once you get the hang of cooking you can start tweaking other recipes to make your own. A good idea I had recently was to take canned corn beef hash and to mix it with cooked onions and two eggs. It’s great for breakfast,” Sated Burnham.

Try something new over break, and remember to enjoy it. Being on your phone for small amounts of time doesn’t matter; just make sure it doesn’t take over your summer.