Spring Break is the time where you lament, “I have all this time and I don’t know what to do with it besides catch up with homework!” Go ahead and start planning ahead for the week of March 14 to 18.
Alternative Spring Break
Are you looking to escape Houston and do something meaningful for the world?
Check out Projects Abroad and Habitat for Humanity for options. Or alternatively you can work to make Houston a better place by volunteering locally.
Check out the Houston Food Bank or contact the Metropolitan Volunteer Program to inquire about opportunities.
Project Aboard offers opportunities during the week of March 13 to 19. These programs can be ideal for majors in Social Work, Child Development, Education and Psychology. Some of these include:
Costa Rica – Help a childcare center and refine your Spanish along the way.
Mexico – Clean the beautiful coastlines to save the crocodiles, sea turtles and birds.
Argentina – Play with children and assist them with their education.
Jamaica – Aid the underprivileged and make sure they receive clothing, clean water, warmth and friendship.
Dominican Republic – As part of the Global Leadership Adventures, you can assist ecologically sustainable development projects and explore the variety of lagoons and underwater caverns.
Museum Hopping: Houston is full of museums that are open during Spring Break week and make for a peaceful day out.
Discovery Green: Discovery Green will have fun activities scheduled for the break, and if those aren’t up your alley, then it still won’t hurt to take a stroll through there.
The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo: Root for cowboys. Feast on jumbo fries and burgers while jumping onto roller coasters, exploring mazes and rocking out to A-list concerts.
“Mary Poppins”: Want to practice pronouncing supercalifragilisticexpialidocious? Step in time as “Mary Poppins” will land at the Hobby Center Theater and run from March 8 to 20.
Houston Zoo: Tired of staring at costumed Shasta’s mascots dancing around the football field? The real Shasta is waiting for you at the Houston Zoo. As long as you don’t conspire to steal her and hold her hostage at Rice University, it should all fine. Those with a student ID get in the zoo for free.
Confined to the house or dorm?
Netflix Marathoning: Do a marathon. Nah, not running—watching TV. Prepare the candy and popcorn and catch up with your favorite shows. My recommendations include “Breaking Bad,” “Parks and Recreation,” “Bob’s Burgers” and “Archer.”
Exercise: Want to burn off some winter pounds? Hit the weights at the YMCA. Or if you’re still on campus, try out the UH Recreation Center (which will have limited hours). Make a goal list of push-ups and sit-ups, or find a real marathon to run.
Exercising AND Netflix Marathoning: Stretch in front of the television. Jump on the treadmill with “Archer” on.