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Don’t let boredom get the best of you. It’s 2023 and in 2023 we’re getting active and supporting the community. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing day for yourself and want to check out some art galleries, or need ideas for you and your friends and currently have none, here are a few that are within the area and relatively cheap or free admission!

Canadian Clay Glass Museum

A small walk away from campus, a beautiful exhibit of clay and glass art is available to view by yourself or with a group of friends. There is no admission price for entry and there is a shop at the end of the exhibits. If you’re interested in making some of the artwork they display, there are arts camps or online programs you can find on the website that gives you more information to do so. Either way, for a short walk it’s a cool place to check out!

Bad Axe Throwing Waterloo

Looking to get out some rage? Throw an axe! Booking hours for Bad Axe Throwing Waterloo are between 8 A.M. and 11 P.M. all week long! However, if you’re more of a last-minute decision type of person, you can check the website for the walk-in times which are usually in the evenings. With a walk-in price of around $25 dollars per person for 45 minutes it’s perfect for a small group thing on an evening or weekend! If you have a bigger group of people you can pre-book for a group larger than 6 for a price of around $45 dollars for an hour and a half. They also have a bonus of 50% off for a birthday as long as it’s booked within 7 days of your birthday and you bring proof!

Pin Up Arcade Bar

If you’re in the mood for retro games, this place is the perfect place to go. It’s a very short distance from the Wilfrid Laurier University campus and relatively cheap. They have old arcade games like pinball, Dance Dance Revolution and Donkey Kong from 2 P.M. to 11 P.M. With one part bar and one part arcade you can drink and enjoy your favourite old games all night long with your friends!

Crock a Doodle Waterloo

In the mood for painting? Then Crock a Doodle Waterloo is the right place. Whether you’re looking for something to do with a friend for an hour or two or just on your own, this place is good for people of any age with all kinds of pottery to paint. All you have to do is show up to paint, and they will give you the supplies to do your best art and then you leave it with them to put into the kiln and you pick it up the next day. The pottery is relatively cheap too, depending on the size. You can also look online before you go to see what you want to paint.

KW Escape

With seven different games you can play in groups of around four plus for approximately an hour there is an unlimited amount of cool puzzling games for a night out with friends! Weather permitting they also have two outside games you could play. For more information about escape room bookings or suggestions, check out the website and play away!

Earth Science Museum

This museum is located on the University of Waterloo Campus. With free admission (although they kindly accept donations), check out all kinds of fossils, rocks and minerals, a mining tunnel, dinosaur exhibits and a beautiful fountain of the great lakes. This museum is open from 8:30 A.M. to 4:30 P. M. Monday to Friday. If you have time between classes or have been looking for something to do to kill time, here is a perfectly good (cough, cough, FREE) idea!

If you take away anything from this article, then I’m happy to have helped with the boredom! Happy planning and don’t be scared to find other things to do within the area in each season or take a trip a bit out of town for more activities!

Bailey McIntyre

Wilfrid Laurier '25

Bailey is in her third year of English studies at Wilfrid Laurier University. From a small town, she escaped when she could by writing whenever possible, as well as reading all things Sci-fi and Romance. She loves Snowboarding, Baking and watching early 2000s movies with hot chocolate. Bailey has a passion for all things writing related and is also the Arts and Life Section editor for The Cord Newspaper at Laurier. Wishing to pursue editing and publishing post grad, writing is her main creative outlet.