It seems as though the weather is finally done messing with our heads. The student body has come to life! Camping, kite flying, disk tossing and picnicking are activities students can do across campus. Study parties on the green and taking walks around town have suddenly become as popular as they were last fall.
A plethora of lively activities has come along with spring. Plains Paintball in Sioux City offers affordable prices all season long and has no requirement on the minimum number of players on Sundays. If open shooting ranges interest you, take a drive on over to the Rock Rapids Gun Club and shoot trap or clay pigeons.
Perhaps an afternoon of fishing would help take your mind off all the school work you’re dying to desert anyway. In that case you can take your fishing rod down to Fairvew Pond five miles south and three miles west of Inwood for a little fly fishing. Before you endeavor to catch the bluegill, catfish and largemouth bass in the pond, however, remember to buy your license from the Iowa DNR. You can opt to purchase one day, seven day, or year round Iowa fishing licenses, all for under $20.
Celebrate the earth at Elmwood Park in Omaha on April 24. The Earth Day event will provide an abundance of activities, food, exhibits and information on how you can help save the earth. Improve your golf skills at Landsmeer Golf Course right here in Orange City. (Don’t forget- there is an Early Bird Special if you get there before 11 a.m.!)
If you prefer to stay indoors, check out the Planetarium at Sanford Museum and Planetarium in Cherokee for free on the last Sunday of every month starting at 2:00 p.m.
The Quest Center in Omaha will be hosting a Spring Arts & Crafts Festival on April 9, featuring hundreds of fine artists and craftspeople displaying and selling their handcrafted creations. There will be stage entertainment and hourly gift certificate drawings, and the whole day will cost you only a $7 entry fee.
Also in Omaha, on April 24, broaden your worldview by attending Dia del Nino (Day of Children) at El Museo Latino. This is an international celebration that will focus on children. Hands-on activities, games, dance and entertainment will complete this free event (happening noon-4 p.m.) and will offer a day of learning and enjoyment for all ages.
Don’t have time to travel? Take a run of the Puddle Jumper from Orange City to Alton and back after class. Gather some friends and hang out at Kinderspeeland Park. Join a Frisbee game on the green. Or start your own activity right here on campus!
Whatever you decide, be sure to make use of this beautiful weather that God has provided us and enjoy the developing beauty. And even though the beauty will escalade with the blooming of the tulips- DO NOT PICK THEM. Happy Spring!