Spring Break Staycation

Dreaming of spring break, but can't afford to travel? Check out these ideas.

Not going away for spring break? That's too bad, but lucky for you, there's plenty of local entertainment to make your spring break memorable. Here's what you can do on your spring break "staycation" (besides, Miami is so overrated).

Meet the Mayor -- Wanna have dinner with the Mayor? Hang around Philly and visit Tavern On Broad on Wednesday, Mar. 10 to pal around with Mayor Michael Nutter. You’ll even have a chance to win a private dinner with him, the perfect opportunity to give him your thoughts on the soda tax. Plus you can take advantage of half-priced drinks from 5:30 p.m. until 7 p.m.

The Harlem Globetrotters -- Catch the legendary b-ball spinnin’, slam dunkin’, mind-bogglin’ Globetrotters on Friday, Mar. 12 at the Liacouras Center or Sunday, Mar. 14 at the Wachovia Center. Their 2010 World Tour will have you laughing and awe-struck all at the same time. You don’t even have to be a sports fan to enjoy this show.

Eastern State Penitentiary -- Check out the new art installation, Release, debuting Tuesday, Mar. 16. Created by filmmaker Bill Morrison and composer Vijay Iyer, the installation presents edited archival footage of the 1930s release of Al Capone, set to Iyer’s composition. Guests can take in the 12-minute piece in the cell right next to one of the most infamous criminals of all time.

P.S. Get there a day early for a free all-day sneak peek at the 2010 exhibits and tours!

Steak Month -- What better way to treat yourself during your “staycation” than with a juicy mouth-watering steak? Throughout March, eight popular Philly steakhouses are offering a special three-course menu priced at $50 per person. Each steakhouse will also showcase their own signature dish. Chow down any time Sunday through Thursday.

Participating restaurants include:

Morton’s the Steakhouse
Delmonico’s Steakhouse at the Hilton
Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse
The Prime Rib
Saloon Restaurant
Union Trust
Smith & Wollensky

Picasso and the Avant-Garde in Paris -- The Philadelphia Museum of Art invites you take in one of their newest exhibits featuring the one and only Pablo Picasso. So while your friends are frying on the beach, you’ll be surveying the artwork that revolutionized the meaning of creativity.

“The exhibition follows the trajectory of Picasso’s career from his early experiments with abstraction to his pioneering role in the development of Cubism, as well as his dialogue with Surrealism and other important art movements in the ensuing decades,” according to Philamuseum.org.

This exhibit will have you saying “Avant to go!”

Romeo & Juliet at the Arden -- Searching for a spring fling over spring break? Eh, it may have potential to get messy, better just leave the heartache to Shakespeare. Extended by popular demand, this classic tale of lust and anguish is the kind of romance you won’t wanna miss.

Volunteer at Tree House Books -- Now maybe this isn’t exactly what you had mind for your time off, but since you’re still here why not do something good for your community? Tree House Books needs college students to be positive role models for young Philadelphians. Volunteers help with after-school tutoring, assist the kids with creating the Tree House Books Magazine, and host a workshop on whatever skill they're great at. So while school’s not in session for you right now, it still is for these kids. Why not help ‘em out?

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