There shouldn’t be a price tag or limits to what can be experienced this summer, especially when there are numerous FREE activities to engage in doing.
By Fehintola Opanubi
With today’s economy and tuition fee’s continuing to weigh down on many of our pockets, it has been difficult to enjoy and embrace California’s nice summer. When many think of summer, great attributes such as sunny vacations, shopping sprees, great food, and live entertainment come to mind. But at times like these are those attributes affordable enough for those trying to save and enjoy at the same time? California is often known for its expensive taste and being the state of opportunity. The state of opportunity may be right but having expensive taste has to be acquired.
There are many ways to enjoy the remaining of this nice summer that have been found to cost little to nothing at all. With the hot sun blazing and the bright blue skies to accent it, why not go to the beach and enjoy. Pack a lunch so there will be no need to buy food, and instead of paying for expensive beach parking, find a spot on the street. That way you’ll be saving money and getting exercise. Down at the Natural History Museum located at 900 Exposition Boulevard every Saturday and Sunday until August 29,2010 there are outdoor films that are related to science shown, that last no longer than 2 hours long. Before and after the movie is shown there is a lighthearted discussion with on site science experts that pick apart the day’s featured movie to see if there is any common ground between science fact and science fiction. Along to the viewing of the movie you are allowed to bring pillows and blankets, chairs, and picnic dinner and drinks.
Live and free entertainment outdoors is also a great perk in this summer’s enjoyment. In Leimert Park every Sunday beginning at around 6pm the drum circle is lead right in the middle of the park. All ages are welcomed and can even participate in playing the drums. In the middle of all of the great music and dancing, there are members of the Leimert community that sale home grown vegetables, homemade desserts, and beautiful hand crafted jewelry. The drum circle lasts until about 9pm, free of charge and has a grass area where you can sit, listen, experience, and enjoy.
Don’t mind paying and want to do some affordable shopping? Every Sunday at Fairfax High School located at 7850 Melrose Avenue there is a Flea Market from 9:00am-5:00pm. General admission is $2.00 and is very pet friendly. There are over 100 vendors ranging from selling vintage clothing, jewelry, shoes, records, psychic reading, massages, candles and food. Along with shopping or just viewing the different items being sold is a jazz band that plays the most relaxing and calming music.
Saving and cutting back doesn’t have to feel like a punishment or something out of the ordinary when free or close to nothing to pay activities are involved. Checking your local newspaper(s) or searching online through your available search engine may also help you find affordable and fun activities that whether you’re with your family or by yourself can take pleasure in.