i hate the cold Fingers go numb, coats ruin outfits, and scarves always feel like they’re suffocating me. For those of you who feel the same way, here are some great local businesses that host warm indoor activities to melt the icicles dripping from your nose.
Kirkwood Candle Bar
I love good-smelling candles, but I hate having to figure out what to do with the container they come in. Thankfully, this isn’t a candle bar issue. Create your own scented candle. Once it’s all burnt out, you can take the container home and refill with new candles at 25% off. It’s the perfect date for a date with someone special or to deepen your bond with friends.
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pottery house studio
This place is perfect for artistic talents of all kinds. On Saturdays, you can learn how to throw your clay creations on a potter’s wheel in a class for adults. The studio also accepts reservations for parties. If you don’t have pottery in your wheelhouse, you can glaze figurines, vases, mugs, and more. With paint starting at $15 per tile, it’s incredibly budget-friendly. Related: [COLUMN: ‘The Last of Us’ episode two: hope in a broken world]
Classic Bowling Lanes and Western Skateland
do you like good competition? Try your hand at a friendly game of bowling with friends. Classic Bowling is $2 from 8pm on Tuesdays, making it incredibly budget-friendly. Right next to Western Skateland, Bloomington’s only roller rink. Skateland offers a student discount by showing your student ID. There is also a small section of arcade games if you want to quit skating.
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If you’re 21+, The Cade is an ideal night out for arcade enthusiasts. Not only is it equipped with arcade classics like Ms Pac-Man, but it also includes various pinball machines, N64 console games, and of course, board games. They even have specialty video game-inspired cocktails and slushies to keep the night going.
Greenhouse in the Biology Building
Although still part of the campus, the greenhouse is a great place for Instagram photos and detailed study of the beautiful plants. It’s free and open to the public from 7:30am to 3:45pm most weekdays, so planning a trip can be a bit of a hassle. Even if it’s just a short break between stressful classes, the greenhouse is the perfect place to spend his anxiety-filled day.