Junior John Dmitruk’s words reflect a sentiment that is probably felt by a good portion of Mesa students these days. Many of us are looking for something local to do for fun aside from the typical dinner or movie night. Therefore, the Equestrian has compiled a list of five fun things to do in the Costa Mesa area that are not your typical fare.
The Attic Theater is a relatively new place located in Santa Ana, on the corner of Segerstrom and Fairview. Mesa students Chris Byers and Hayley Smith have both acted in productions at the Attic. Yelp reviews have given the theater four stars out of a possible five.
While the turnout is relatively modest and can vary depending on who acts in the show, it is becoming more popular. According to Hayley Smith, “As the theater gets going, we will see more people our age going.” Much of the appeal of seeing a local theater production is seeing our friends and acquaintances on stage. Fortunately, Attic productions include both adults and younger actors, so there will be chances of seeing people our age.
For the more athletically inclined, Rockreation is an indoor rock climbing establishment. The Costa Mesa location is a 12,000 square foot building. It offers both rock climbing day passes for $16 (adults) and classes for inexperienced climbers. A package of three classes (six hours of training can be purchased for $99.
Rockreation has a variety of walls for both rock climbing and bouldering (climbing without ropes). These walls vary from relatively easy to very challenging in difficulty. It also includes training equipment such as treadmills, ellipticals and weights. Indoor rock climbing offers young people a fun and challenging activity that will break the monotony of typical hangout spots.
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For those looking for a change of pace, Downtown Disney offers a unique experience every Saturday night: swing dancing. The event offers free swing dancing lessons taught by Mike and Olivia Lai in front of the ESPN Zone at Downtown Disney in Anaheim. It features live music by a swing band, bringing a special ambiance to the event.
Since Downtown Disney Swing is a completely free event that requires no pre-registration, it is an easily accessible event for high school students. In addition, it should be a great breath of fresh air after so many typical high school dances.
Although it was already mentioned that the ordinary dinner with friends can become a bit monotonous, an exception can and should be made for Haus of Pizza, a lesser-known pizza place on Adams Ave. The establishment has been around for 32 years, and was voted Orange County’s Number 1 hole-in-the-wall restaurant in 2009 According to Yelp.com, a total of seven reviews give it an average of four-and-a-half stars.
The restaurant offers a variety of options, although it is obviously best known for its pizza. Its other offerings include sandwiches, pastas, salads, and garlic bread. Junior Tyler Connors was very outspoken about his opinion on Haus of Pizza. “I love the food. The food’s fantastic.” It seems the reviews are with him in that respect.
The Lab, Costa Mesa’s “urban youth anti-mall” is an up-and-coming popular location for hangouts. The area offers a variety of restaurants and shopping destinations such as the Gypsey Den Café, Buffalo Exchange (a vintage clothing retailer), and Urban Outfitters. In addition, the Lab actively promotes culture and art. There are open mic nights every Thursday, as well as poetry readings and singer/songwriter showcases each month.
The Lab is quickly becoming a “hip” location for teenagers to spend time. The art nights should be a great deal for those looking for more “alternative” entertainment, not to mention tasty food and shopping locations.
Written by: Quan Nguyen and Kelsey Armstrong
Photos by: Jocelyn Gutierrez