Spring break, ladies and gentleman. Itâ€™s practically here. Are you pumped? Have any brilliant plans? Yeah… me neither. But Iâ€™ve been thinking, planning, plotting. Spring break is a chance to to get out, to escape the drudgery of classes (though not necessarily the homework).
Itâ€™s a chance to travel! Yes, travel! I know, for those of us whose ideal day is spent with a book or a television show for long hours on end, a spring break spent travelling is not the ideal vacation. But that depends on where youâ€™re travelling to. So Iâ€™ve compiled a little list for you all of some of the hottest nerd vacation spots for your spring break.
1) Pixar Studios. Heck yes, people. Lots of people are flocking to California for vacation. Itâ€™s a place of tanning and bikini-surfing. Not your scene? Yeah, mine neither. But the Golden Coast is also the home of Pixar, the residence of geniuses. So what if they say theyâ€™re a closed studio? Is that gonna hold you back?
2) Skywalker Ranch. If youâ€™re already in California (and if youâ€™ve already proven your complete disregard for privacy), why not visit this Star Wars haven? You know you want to. Itâ€™s every fanboy and fangirlâ€™s dream.
3) The Magical World of Harry Potter. Maybe youâ€™re not headed west for spring break. Thatâ€™s okay, Floridaâ€™s good too. And not just for the cruises and beaches, of course. Harry Potter World! What could be better than spending your spring break surrounded by people who are completely accepting of the fact that youâ€™re wearing a heavy black robe in 70-degree weather? As a matter of fact, theyâ€™re probably all wearing one too.
4) The Kennedy Space Center. Oooh yes. Weâ€™re talking hardcore geek paradise here. Rockets. Spaceships. Computers. An opportunity to expand your NASA merchandise collection. Sounds like the perfect Florida vacation.
5) The Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Letâ€™s face it, some of us wonâ€™t be travelling cross-country for spring break, but that doesnâ€™t mean we canâ€™t hit the road. Why not visit the Nature and Science Museum? Like, every day of break. Maybe you can camp outside and turn it into a camping trip, or maybe you can hide out in the gift shop. Or maybe I should stop encouraging all my readers to participate in illegal activity over break. Seriously though: mummies, dinosaurs, the planetarium…the museum is awesome.
But maybe youâ€™re strapped for cash, or you canâ€™t get a week off work, or travelling just isnâ€™t your bag. And thatâ€™s fine! At least, I hope it is. Anyway, there are plenty of things to do in town thatâ€™ll make your spring break fun and enjoyable.
Play a new game from start to finish
The school year is busy, and even if youâ€™ve finished all your homework (or just decided not to do it), thereâ€™s almost always something you could be doing that stops you from busting out (insert game of choice here). Plus, if youâ€™re anything like I am, maybe you left your consoles at home.
To name some examples, Final Fantasy XIII-2 came out in January (because 13 wasnâ€™t enough), Mass Effect 3 came out today, as did Major League Baseball 2k12 (how a video game format will make baseball more interesting is anyoneâ€™s guess), and Mario Party 9 comes out the 11th. In other words, this is a spring break for sequels. Or thereâ€™s always that game you never got around to â€” in my case, The Legend of Zelda: Majoraâ€™s Mask.
Again, the school year can be a little busy, and depending on your time management abilities, it can be hard to fit in one movie, let alone a trilogy. But spring break is a perfect opportunity to watch all the â€œLord of the Ringsâ€ movies back-to-back-to-back, or finishing â€œThe Godfather.â€ Three hours down, six to go.
Or, of course, thereâ€™s always new stuff in theaters. Unfortunately, â€œHunger Gamesâ€ wonâ€™t be out until the week after spring break. Looks like youâ€™ll have to schedule accordingly if you want to get invested in what starts as a decent sci-fi thriller before devolving into a frustrating and insipid love triangle that just shouldnâ€™t exist.
Chill out with friends
This, of course, isnâ€™t a radical concept unique to those of Nerdic heritage. (Like Nordic? Get it?) Itâ€™s just something most people do, whether youâ€™re playing Frisbee golf with your buddies, or texting your pals to make sure theyâ€™re sufficiently jealous of you and your Mexican getaway.
Or hey, maybe you and your friends can play video games or watch movies. I donâ€™t think anything on this list has to be a solitary pursuit. If you can call it a list, I mean. Thereâ€™s tons to do over spring break, and Iâ€™m already out of…