Stuck for spring break? A guide to having fun at home


Staying at home over spring break is a great opportunity to volunteer, read, or finish various to-do projects around the house (Photo Credit: Jillian Law).

When everyone else is jetting off to fun locations with beautiful beaches and plenty of sun for spring break, it is easy to feel bored and abandoned when stuck at home with family for the week. Instead of wallowing in your room watching Netflix, take the initiative and plan your own spring-break fun with some activities closer to home. Here are a few of Newsprint’s suggestions.

1. Visit the Detroit Institute of Arts

Whether you’ve visited many times or have never been before, a trip to the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) is always enlightening and fun. Enjoy the DIA’s regular collection or attend one of its exhibitions. “Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo in Detroit” is the DIA’s newest and largest exhibition in years. It showcases nearly 70 works of art that depict the evolution of their careers including eight of Rivera’s epic preparatory drawings for the Detroit Industry murals and 23 pieces by Kahlo, whose work has never before been shown at the DIA. Price of admission is $4 for children aged (6-17) and $8 for adults. Residents of Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb counties will be admitted for free.

2. Spend the afternoon at the movie theater

Take a break from binge-watching Netflix and go see a real movie. Theaters such AMC offer discounted prices for shows before 5 p.m. on weekdays and many also have special movie events and offers during the holidays. Without homework to do, it is both easy and cheap to go see the newest Divergent movie. Grab a friend or a family member, fill a huge purse with candy, and attend two movies in a row. Check your local theater for prices.

3. Play a game of laser tag

Though you may not be able to swim laps in the pool or frolic on the beach at home, there are still fun ways to stay active. Gather a group of friends or go solo and play a game of laser tag at Zap Zone. With several locations including Ann Arbor, Farmington, and Brighton, it won’t be hard to find a place easy for everyone to get to. If you get tired of laser tag, enjoy one of Zap Zone’s other activities; challenge yourself a game of Glo-Golf, ride the bumper cars, or play some games in the arcades. Laser tag and glo-golf are $8 per game. Hours are 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 3 p.m. to midnight on Fridays and Saturdays.

4. Paint a piece of a pottery

Try something new this Easter and paint some pottery instead of painting eggs. Pottery studios such as The Bee’s Knees Pottery in Northville and Creatopia in Plymouth offer open studio hours for about $6 to $9 per hour. Want a bit more of a challenge? Try sculpting something out of clay. Easter is the perfect time to get in touch with your creative side and create something beautiful to decorate the house.