Things to do this summer

Photo by Renata Williams
Photo by Renata Williams

The first day of summer vacation is Saturday, May 25, which happens to only be 2 days away. Many people will be laying out in the sun, hanging out with friends, and enjoying a break. I have come up with a list of three activities that are sure to catch the eyes of those looking for something new to do. I picked these places by choosing where I usually didn’t go, or had never been. During summer 2013, grab a friend, or a few, and try out one of these activities.

Lazer Lanes: 3412 Grindstone Parkway, Columbia, MO 65201

Bowling is a fun experience, at a cheap price. It allows friends to step out of the house and enjoy each other’s company whilst friendly competition brews. Lazer Lanes is my preferred place to bowl because it has many other games to do other than bowl, such as arcade games. The atmosphere integrates a lot of glow-in-the-dark, which can be kind of nice. Prices include endless bowling games, so you’re paying $6.24+tax, including shoes. Bowling is fun for all ages, so you can go with family or friends and still have fun.To check out their varying hours, click here.

Virtual Arena: 1301 Vandiver Dr., Columbia, MO 65202

The Virtual Arena is the ultimate gaming center. It takes arcade game experiences to a whole nother level. The place has a lot of gaming systems and gaming devices to make for a blast while playing. I found this interesting because it’s not like being home and messing around with video games, it’s people coming together in one place, who obviously like the same thing, and enjoying the surroundings along with playing. I see this as a fun, new, experience for everyones’ inner nerd. Regular price is $3.00 an hour, but check out the site for discounts and special pricing. The Virtual Arena opens everyday at 12:00pm and closes at 12:00am.

Battle Creek Paintball: 4274 County Rd 220, Kingdom City MO 65262

Paintball is my most exciting find for this summer because most people (including me) have not been paintballing. The main down side happens to be the price, coming in at $40.00 for “a full day of paintball,” or that’s what Battle Creek’s site said. To see what the price includes, click here. The proper dress includes layers, which may be hot for the summer, and tennis shoes. Paintball will definitely be a commitment in terms of price and getting your money’s worth while still enjoying yourself in the hot sun. I recommend reading up on the rules and just reading more about what your experience will be like on their site because Battle Creek happens to not be located in Columbia, MO.

By Renata Williams

What are your favorite places to go in the summer?