By Talon Staff
Our Talon staff has created a list of seven COVID-19 friendly activities available at Northwest University and around the surrounding area. The Seattle area is surrounded by lakes, mountains, green forests, and cityscapes; however, if you don’t want to explore the larger city areas of Washington, there are many other activities you can do around campus. From indoor to outdoor activities, you can play games like Spikeball, tennis, basketball or carpetball. You can also go off campus and go on a hike, grab a drink from the Aerie and hang out in Pecota or watch a movie with friends.
When the weather is nice, you and a couple of friends can go outside and play a game of Spikeball. This game is generally played with four people, separated into teams of two. Opposing members line up across from one another, with the Spikeball net in the middle. Throughout the game, each player can move wherever they want; however, the game’s objective is to hit the ball in the net and have the team not return it.
Another activity on-campus is tennis, which is in front of the GPC lounge. This is a fun activity to play with friends, while also being COVID friendly and maintaining social distancing. If you do not have a tennis racket or ball, you can borrow them from the ASNU office which is located right beside the entrance to the GPC lounge.
Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, we cannot use the indoor basketball court. However, the outdoor court located outside of GPC isavailable for use by all residents. If you do not own a basketball, you may rent one from the ASNU office. There are many games you can play, either by yourself or with a group, such as: around-the-world, bump, 21, or a pickup game.
One of the coziest areas you can hang out around campus is in the Pecota lounge. After being remodeled this past school year, the lounge has become more open while also providing more seating and amenities throughout the area. Additionally, just across from Pecota is the Aerie, which was remodeled this past summer. The Aerie is open from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., and there you can grab food, coffee, tea, smoothies, milkshakes and more. Both places are great to visit if the weather is too bad for outdoor activities, and this space also allows you to come with friends and hang out or do homework together.
Want to reminisce the good old times here on campus? Check out the carpetball table, located in the GPC lounge. Carpetball is a game typically played between two players. Each player arranges there set of pool balls an arm’s length away from the pocket. The purpose of the game is to hit and knock the opposing balls into the pocket located at the ends of each carpet ball table. You can be as competitive or relaxed as you want.
Another thing that is COVID-19 friendly is hanging out with your roommates or friends and watching a movie. This is a great idea to do on any night of the week, especially if the weather is terrible or if you are wanting to stay inside and do something. Some movies you can watch on Netflix, Disney Plus, Amazon Prime, and Hulu are “Peanut Butter Falcon,” “Shawshank Redemption,” “Moneyball,” “The Notebook” and many independent films. However, if you are looking to have some movie marathons, some series you can watch are “The Avengers,” “Twilight,” “Harry Potter,” “Star Wars,” “The Hunger Games” and many more.
Bridle Trail’s State Park, Watershed Park, and Willows Trails are all trails in the Kirkland area that are close to campus and have a 4.5 of 5-star rating or higher on google reviews. These locations amongst many more are nice places to walk, go for a run, have quite time and a few trails are bike friendly as well. This is a great way to get outside and maintain social distance from others. It can be nice to take a break from your studies and enjoy some fresh air and fall colors before we transition fully into winter season.
These are just some of the possible activities you can do with your friends in the midst of COVID-19 guidelines and restrictions. From being outdoors and playing tennis, Spikeball, basketball or hiking to staying indoors and watching a movie, grabbing a drink at the Aerie, hanging out in the Pecota or playing carpet ball in the GPC lounge, this time in our lives is supposed to be filled with spontaneous adventures and memories. Being mindful of social distancing guidelines and mask requirements, the Pacific Northwest provides a variety opportunities for structured activities and spontaneous exploration.