Off-campus field guide to fun

Students may customize yogurt at FroYo or explore the caves and walking trails at Perry Farm. Both locations are within walking distance of campus. Photo by Dianna Wood

By Jordan Lewis

Classes, homework, activities and friends prevent most Olivet students from taking time to plan their weekend activities until Friday afternoon rolls around.

The following ideas can give you something to look forward to once classes are over.

Visit Brickstone, one of Bourbonnais’ popular restaurants. You can enjoy a meal and some good conversation away from campus.

Meal prices range from $10 to $20, and the restaurant is located three miles from campus on Latham Drive.

After your meal visit Ice Valley Central Ice Arena. Spend time skating around the rink or consider taking hockey or figure skating lessons.

The rink costs just $9, which includes the cost of renting skates.

If ice-skating doesn’t sound like fun visit Jones’ Corn Maze, located 7 miles from campus off Route 17. The establishment has a maze, haunted trail and pumpkin patch.

Jones’ is open for the entire month of October and features homemade candy, fudge and popcorn.

Once you’ve explored the maze at Jones’ you can visit FroYo Creations, a healthier place to eat dessert. FroYo is located on Route 45 or Main Street next to Walgreens – only a 10-minute walk from campus.

This year the restaurant has added salads and wraps to the menu of frozen yogurt flavors that changes weekly. Make sure to show your ONU discount card to receive 10% off your purchase.

If you’re not in the mood for food, you can walk the other direction toward Perry Farm, which is located on Kennedy Drive near Big Lots. The park has shaded walking and biking trails. If you walk deep enough into the park you may also find Indian caves to explore.

Perry Farm also features a covered picnic area for a date or lunch with friends.

Hidden Cove Sportsplex is a place for students to relax by staying active.

The Sportsplex, located behind Northfield Square Mall, features mini golf, paintball courses and go-karts. It also has mini bowling, rock-climbing walls, batting cages, bumper boats and an arcade to entertain for hours. Each item is priced separately, and prices range from $5 to $15. You can even enjoy discounted paintball admission on Thursday nights and grab a pizza, sodas and ice cream afterward.

So the next time you’re bored on Friday night, check out some of these options. Bourbonnais may not feel like a college town, but it has plenty of things to do.

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