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Spring Break: Adventures only a max ride away

Megan Garside

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If you haven’t had the chance to make any spring break plans, don’t worry. Staying in the grove doesn’t have to be boring. Being only an hour away from the Portland is a huge bonus for students at Pacific. Save money on plane tickets and visit the city instead. From museums, to concerts to touring events, you’ll be sure to find something worth staying in the state.

The Oregon museum of science and industry has a range of exhibitions featuring throughout spring break. If you’re looking to get nostalgic, ‘The Science Behind Pixar’ gives you a chance to take a sneak peek at what happens before an animated film hits the big screen. For $21 experience the technology, engineering, art, and math concepts used to bring Pixar’s award-winning films to the big screen plus admission to the rest of the museum.

If you’re looking for something more on the intellectual side, loom at ‘Dark Universe’ and take a glimpse into the future of cosmic exploration. OMSI explores the universe in depth and the two great cosmic mysteries: dark matter and dark energy, all guided by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson.

You may not be visiting postcard beaches this spring break, but that doesn’t mean your Instagram feed has to suffer. Visit the Portland Japanese garden and experience the living classroom that will not only show you the way trees grow and how moss forms on stone, but also about the lives and culture of the people who designed the art.

Soak up the music of the gardens, watch demonstrations and visit the latest exhibitions, this spring break check out Hanakago: The Art of Bamboo and Flowers in the Pavilion Gallery, and finish off the day with a refreshment in the Umami Café.

If you’re lucky enough to finish classes a couple days early, you could catch the end of the Portland international film festival. It’s the biggest film event in Oregon with over 140 international shorts and films premiered to an audience of over 35,000. There are films showing on the very last day of the film festival, March 21 such as ‘Blind spot’, an immersive single-take family drama directed by Tuva Novotny, or ‘What Is Democracy?’ directed by Astra Taylor.

The city offers a variety of entertainment if you’re looking to splash some cash. Kodak Black is hitting Portland on Sunday march 24th with his ‘Dying to live’ tour, supported by 3 other rap artists at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum. On the sports side of things, the Portland Trail Blazers will play the Brooklyn Nets on Monday March 25th  at 7pm at the Moda Center.  

Staying in the state doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the perks of a vacation. Taking a staycation in the city will give you well needed time to relax and all the perks of getting away without the plane ticket. Check into a hotel, relax, and wake up in the city for an action packed day. Visit the city’s outdoor food trucks, Powell’s book store and treat yourself at voodoo doughnuts. Then when the sunsets, take a walk downtown and visit one of Portland’s many amazing restaurants. So hop on the max, get into the city and plan out a day or two of adventure.

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Spring Break: Adventures only a max ride away