5 Alternative Spring Break Activities in SoCal

BY: JACOB FISK

 

No plans for Spring Break? Here are five activities to do in SoCal over the break if you want to do more than just Netflix and chill.

The Rain Room, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

If you are interested in learning a thing or two about art over your break then LACMA is the place for you. The museum is currently showing a multitude of exhibits including the Rain Room which critics are raving about. The Rain Room, founded by Random International in 2005, is an immersive environment of constantly falling water that pauses whenever a human body is detected. The Rain Room’s stay in LACMA has been extended through April 24th, 2016 and tickets are a hot commodity. On the weekends the exhibit opens one hour earlier than the museum and remains open one hour later.

Hike in Big Bear

Hiking the stunning trails of Big Bear is a fun and healthy spring break option. Located only two hours from the oceans of Long Beach, Big Bear tends to have the reputation only a ski resort, but during the spring various hiking trails open up around the mountain.  A nice beginner trail is the Bertha Peak trail via Holcomb Valley Road. This 3 mile trail is essentially a fire road and it gives hikers amazing views of Big Bear Lake and Mt. San Gorgonio. The Pine Knot Trail is a moderate 6 mile hike is full of grand views and fun times. The hike starts at the Aspen Glen picnic area and if you take your time and double back for lunch, the hike should take you about 5 or 6 hours. It may be a bit cold in the mountains this time of year, but after a long semester, the great outdoors might be a change of pace.

 

Go to a filming of a talk show

Late night talk shows are all the rage right now, and what better way to experience one than seeing it live. Jimmy Kimmel, Conan O’Brian and James Cordon all offer tickets to see their shows live. The shows are usually filmed during the afternoon, so you don’t need to be night owl to be an audience member for your favorite LA-based talk show. The tickets for Cordon, Kimmel, and O’Brian are free and are given out on a lottery basis on 1iota.com, but the shows are daily, so there is a big chance that you will find a ticket or two in your name.

 

Go to a Dirtbags game

It’s baseball season at Long Beach State and spending a few hours at Blair Field supporting The Beach is another fun spring break option. The Long Beach State baseball team is one of the primer college teams in Southern California and currently has the most alumni playing in the MLB out of any other school in the nation. The signature game during spring break is "Bark in the Park" on April 2nd. Anyone who brings their dog to the game will get in for a dollar, so the audience will be filled with furry friends. Go Beach!

 

Kayak at Belmont Shore

Last, but not least, kayaking in the waters of Belmont Shore is a cost sensitive activity close to Long Beach. Belmont Shore and the waters surrounding the bars of 2nd Street have become a local kayaking spot for Long Beach residents. There are a few local groups that rent out kayaks and paddles and the price range is around 20 dollars for an hour or two on the water.