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With the temperature dropping and the winter blues in full swing, it’s easy to get trapped in the doldrums of January and February. As I like to call it, “winter hibernation” is upon us.
However, if you’re looking to get out of the house, there are plenty of things you can do to keep yourself busy over the long weeks of winter. Here are just a few activities that Beaver County has to offer:
1. Brady’s Run Park Ice Arena and Tennis Facility
Brady’s Run Park is owned and operated by the County, so its purpose is to serve the 170,000+ residents who live here. The ice arena is a great destination for the winter. It only costs $9 for adults and $8 for children to lace up the skates during one of their many public sessions during the week. The sessions are held Monday through Saturday, usually for two or three hours at a time.
Located adjacent to the ice arena is the state-of-the-art tennis facility and walking track. The tennis facility is open all 12 months of the year. There are four courts available, and normally you have to reserve one of the courts as to ensure you have a spot for your game.
Prime time rental will cost you $22 per hour, while non-prime time rental costs $18 per hour. If tennis isn’t your thing, and you want to prepare for your early spring race, you can put on your favorite running shoes and take a jog around the indoor track.
More information, such as rental times and public ice sessions, can be found on their website, www.beavercountypa.org > recreation and tourism, or by calling 724-770-2060.
In my opinion, bowling is part of the fabric of Beaver County leisure activities. “Kingpin” was filmed in these parts, so you know bowling is an extremely popular thing to do here in the winter. There are quite a few places to visit if you want to get your Roy Munson on.
Bowling lanes are located in all parts of the county: north, south, east and west. Places like Sims Lanes, Baden Bowl, Center Lanes, Sheffield Lanes, and Economy Lanes are all great places to get a bowling game going. All have different sets of prices for lane and shoe rentals. Before you make the trip, make sure you call ahead to ensure there are lanes available.
3. Catch a show at Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center
One of the jewels of the County is without a doubt the Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center in Midland. This is a first-class facility that is approaching its 10 year anniversary.
If you haven’t been to Lincoln Park for a show, then you should make it a top priority. Lincoln Park has at least six different shows occurring in January, February and early March.
For more information on what’s coming up at Lincoln Park, visit their website, www.lppac.org or call 724-576-4644.
4. Artsy Doodle Craft Studio
Artsy Doodle Craft Studio is located in downtown Beaver. Artsy Doodle has to be one of the most unique, one-of-its-kind establishments in the County. In short, they are a walk-in arts and craft studio for kids and adults. They have a wide selection of craft activities, such as paint your own pottery, paper mâché, canvas painting and even spin art.
You can even plan a private “ladies night out” at Artsy Doodle for you and your closest friends and family. During a private party, customers can pick their own project such as wreath making, painting on a 16 x 20 canvas, and pottery painting. You can even bring your own food and drinks!
Artsy Doodle also has several different kinds of classes it offers during the week, as well as drop-in times if you’re on the go. For more information on class times and hours of operation, visit them at www.artsydoodlecraftstudio.com
Yes, this seams like an obvious thing to do in the winter, but sometimes it’s hard to find time or get up off the couch and get to a local gym. Forming good habits are essential to leading a healthier lifestyle. One of those habits is to exercise on a regular basis.
Whether it’s in the confines of your own home, or visiting one of the local gyms we profiled in a previous article, such as Daman Strength Training, Planet Fitness, the YMCA, or Alexander’s, exercise is the #1 way to beat the winter blues. Beaver County has plenty to offer, so get up and get moving this winter!
What are some of your favorite indoor activities around Beaver County?