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What to Do During Reading Week
Whether you’re looking forward to Reading Week as a time to relax or dreading it because of midterms and big assignments due right after, we've got a whole week free from the busy scheduling of classes. While some of you are probably already planning out how to use your time most efficiently to get all your coursework done or to catch up on work, many of us are probably just focused on finally sleeping in and taking the break we all deserve.
A week is a long time with no strict school commitments. If you're looking for some inspiration for what to do outside of studying and napping, we’ve created a list of events and activities happening around Waterloo during Reading Week.
Monday, February 17 - Go Ice Skating
Many community centres, outdoor venues, and hockey arenas host skate days on Family Day, February 17. This is a great opportunity for you to meet up with friends, get active, and enjoy winter for once.
The Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex will be hosting their public skate from noon until 1:30 p.m. on Family Day or you can hop on the ION train and head to the Waterloo Public Square where skating is open everyday, weather permitting, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Note: Most public facilities require you to bring your own skates. However, there are several local businesses with rental options such as McPhail's Cycle & Sports [external link] where you can rent skates for $15/day.
Tuesday, February 18 - See a movie at Princess Cinemas
Did you tune into the Oscars and realize you missed some good movies? Have no fear! The Princess Cinemas [external link] is a Canadian independent cinema with two locations: 6 Princess St. W., Waterloo and 46 King Street North Waterloo. The traditional setting that these locations offer make for a cozier and more private viewing experience than larger theatres. They also offer reduced prices for students as long as you bring along your WatCard!
Wednesday, February 19 - Attend a Comedy Show
Feel like supporting local talent while also enjoying a night of laughter? Comedy shows are a great way to de-stress since laughter triggers the release of endorphins. These basically make you help feel better, effectively decreasing stress and anxiety. If you're looking for an introduction to such an event, the Comic Sans Waterloo [external link] show will be starting at 8 p.m. at Patent Social [external link].
Thursday, February 20 - Watch a Musical
Keeping on our theme of live entertainment, you can spend a night out watching the ultimate performance trifecta: singing, dancing, and acting. Conrad Grebel University College's musical comedy Nunsense opens on February 20 and runs until February 23. The musical is a light-hearted take on the misadventures of a group of nuns as they work together to fundraise for the burial of their fellow sisters following a tragic cooking accident. And that's not all: Nunsense is running as part of Conrad Grebel's own fundraising effort for the Fill the Table campaign which focuses on enhancing spaces for community on campus.
Friday, February 21 - Take a Trip to THEMUSEUM
Museums don’t have to be old and stuffy. There’s so much to be learned about our past and how it has shaped the world we live in today. Especially at a facility like THEMUSEUM [external link] that focuses specifically on ideas and experiences to create a more informal museum experience. Their latest exhibition, ALARM, focuses on the recently declared climate emergency and how we can take steps to change our future world. Some of their permanent exhibits include a virtual graffiti wall, an animation station, a walking piano, art installations, and more.
Didn’t see anything you liked or still looking for ways to spend your time? You can always get involved with WUSA through convenient work or volunteer opportunities on campus that still let you interact with your Waterloo community. If you’re interested in helping campus life thrive, check out WUSA’s Employment & Volunteer Opportunities.
We hope you enjoy your Reading Week!