Things to do in Columbus over midterm break

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When you think of spring break, you think of travelling with friends, beaches and getting away for a while, but for some of us, for whatever the reason, travel just isn’t possible. Here are some fun things you can do right here in Columbus, Ohio, during spring break.

Volunteering is a great way to meet people while helping the community, and there are always tons of volunteer opportunities around Columbus. From 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 3, Friends of the Lower Olentangy Watershed (FLOW) is partnering with Sustainable Worthington and the Thomas Worthington High School Environmental Club to pick up trash along the Olentangy Trail.

The event is open to the public and FLOW will provide gloves, trash bags and litter grabbers for volunteers. If you’re interested in attending, you can sign up through the “tickets available” link on the Facebook event page, called “Worthington Litter Cleanup.”

Another way to get involved with a cause is by attending a fundraiser for something you’re passionate about. From 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 3, the Merion Village Association is hosting a Chili Cook-Off to benefit the Merion Village South Side Scholarship fund, which is awarded to at least one South Side High School senior each year. The event will be held at Tatoheads Public House. There will be a raffle as well as the tasting, with both vegetarian and meat chilis available. There is no fee for submitting a chili for competition, but they ask tasters for a $5 donation.

While there are lots of fundraisers and volunteering to do in the city, Columbus also has lots of hot nightlife spots and bars. On High Street near Late Night Slice and Dirty Franks is 16-Bit Bar and Arcade, which features over 40 classic arcade games that patrons can play for free. They serve unique cocktails named after celebrities and have craft beers on tap.

For those not looking to drink, they have a selection of mocktails, energy drinks and soda. Although the bar is normally only for those 21 and up, check their calendar for special “Bring Your Shorty” nights that are all ages.

If you’re under 21 or uninterested in arcade games, many small businesses in Columbus host fun events to go to with friends. Clay Street Ceramics, a paint-your-own pottery studio, is hosting a rock-painting event for only $6 per person. The event, which is held at 1 p.m. on Sunday, March 4, includes light snacks and supplies for painting. If you’re interested in attending, RSVP on their Facebook event, called “Sham-ROCKS!”

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