Monday, April 8, 2013

Top 5 Things to Do in Spring

It's finally starting to feel like springtime on Long Island, and that means that students have started chilling out on the quad instead of feeling chilly in their residence halls. Hopefully, your students have been able to catch a break now that we have wrapped up Spring Recess, but here are a few things you can suggest to them to pass the time in between classes:
  1. Play Mini-golf at Eisenhower Park: Though the batting cages are still undergoing repairs due to Superstorm Sandy, mini-golf is open and ready for business. During the spring, the courses are open weekends: Fridays, 1:00-7:00 p.m. and Saturdays & Sundays, 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. There are two courses, which are both loads of fun; and since they're located near the Aquatic Center, they're only a short stroll (or even shorter drive) away from campus.
  2. Watch New York Islanders Hockey: We are just now entering into the final month of the regular season and our neighbors are knocking on the door to the playoffs. The Islanders have only three home games left in the month of April, but great rates remain on tickets for Hofstra students.  In fact, a Hofstra student can get a ticket in section 336 (the Hofstra Pride Zone) and a $5 food voucher for just $15 as long as they show their Hofstra ID at the box office an hour before select games. Even if your student doesn't consider himself or herself an Islanders fan, or if they have never seen a hockey game before, the games are a great way to spend an evening.
  3. Take a walk around campus: Hofstra's campus is at its most beautiful in spring.  The flowers just begin to bloom, and spaces like the trees between Phillips and Mason Halls on South Campus come alive with color. Urge your student to take some time away from your residence hall this spring to take in the scenery--they may even find a new favorite spot.
  4. Visit the Cradle of Aviation's Planetarium: Each season, the Cradle of Aviation guides visitors along the cosmos, and, this time of year, help them locate all sorts of celestial objects that dot Long Island's primaveral sky. The presentations cater to all kinds of tastes and interests beyond the scientific: your student can also learn about the mythology surrounding our night sky during the presentation.
  5. Enjoy the quads and the intramural fields: After a long day of classes or work, urge your student take some time to enjoy the sun on Calkins Quad or have a catch on the intramural fields on North Campus. After spending all that time studying, they will definitely appreciate the fresh air and sunshine. Now let's hope we get plenty of warm weather for them to enjoy!

Make sure your student takes advantage of
Hofstra's spring sights as the trees begin to bloom.


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