15 Things To Do Close to Campus This Spring Break


Theodora Helgason ’22
Staff Writer
March 12, 2020

In light of the spread of coronavirus, many Scripps students’ plans are changing and more students are staying on campus for spring break. If you find yourself in that position, here are 15 ways to make your staycation feel more like your vacation.

1. Drive-In Movie
Tickets at the Mission Tiki Drive-In Theatre are only $9 for adults. If you have access to a car over the break, head to the drive-in and enjoy popcorn in the comfort of your car and pretend you are living in a different decade.

2. Spike Ball
Head to the beach — or to the lawn — and play spike ball. If you do not enjoy any activity involving balls, lay on the sand or grass and soak up that Southern California sun.

3. Scripps Pool
Head to the Tiernan Field House and pretend you are at a resort by enjoying some time poolside.

4. Mt. Baldy
If you love to hike, head to Baldy and enjoy some time in the beauty of Southern California nature. Picnicking during a Baldy sunset can be another beautiful way to spend an hour or two.

5. Metrolink
Find a new place you want to explore and hop on the Metrolink. Do some research about a place you have never been to and get to know our neighboring communities. Take the San Bernadino line to L.A. Union Station and enjoy a day in La La Land or transfer trains and head down the coast towards San Diego for some time on the beach there.

6. Joshua Tree
One of the most famous national parks in the United States is less than two hours away by car. Starting with a hike and then rewarding yourself with s’mores and stargazing can make for a beautiful memory.

7. Treat Yourself
If you’ve saved up a little money, a massage in the village is a great treat. If you want to save money, treat yourself to a self-care night and paint your nails, do face masks, and watch movies.

8. Farmer’s Market
Even though the farmer’s market in the village is an option every Sunday, the Sunday Scaries can often steal the motivation to make the trek down to the Village. Take advantage of your extra time during break and become a plant parent by buying some succulents or check out the fresh produce and make a meal for yourself.

9. Coffee and Tea
Head to the village and enjoy a delicious cup of coffee or tea at one of the local shops. Tocaja, Some Crust, or Augie’s all make a great cup.

10. Victoria Gardens
Victoria Gardens is a sunny capitalistic paradise if you want to be within walking distance of every chain store you can think of. Go to Rancho Cucamonga and finally buy that new outfit you have been wanting to get. They even have a farmer’s market on Fridays from 10 AM to 2 PM.

11. Fruit Picnic
Hunt for fruit around the 5C’s and bring a basket to collect all the fruit you find. Enjoy your fruits in a salad while laying on a lawn.

12. Pomona Farm
Explore the Pomona Farm and enjoy some wholesome time with the chickens and crops.

13. Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden
Walk across the street from Mudd’s campus for an afternoon in the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden.

14. Courtyard Hop
Explore every courtyard on the Scripps campus and make a definitive list of your favorites. Use this list to choose where you want to live next year and for smaller needs like when you need a sunny spot to read a book.

15. Rooftop Hop
If courtyards are somehow not your jam, consider ranking your favorite rooftops on the 5C’s. Head to Kravis and the rooftop above Mudd Cafe for starters and use your birds-eye-view to spot other rooftops at the colleges.

Image Credit: Pomona College

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