May 25, 2013
Written by Caroline Shavel
Thursday, 02 June 2011 00:00
Many teenagers bemoan the fact that on a Friday or Saturday, there’s little to do outside of going to a friend’s house to hang out. At school, the administration has caught wind of this problem.
During our periodic homeroom meetings, we are sometimes required to fill out surveys explaining what we do, what we like to do, and what we wish we could do for fun in Greenwich. Some people believe that there is a high correlation between teen drinking and drug use, and a lack of stimulating activities for teens in Greenwich. While I, along with any teenager living in Greenwich, have felt the boredom mentioned above at one point or another, Greenwich is a large town with a wide range of activity that could appeal to the younger demographic at any given time. Going to friend’s home is a person’s prerogative, but for those who want to explore what Greenwich has to offer, the approaching summer months couldn’t be a better time to do so.The weather this spring has been less than desirable, but even in the absence of sun, there is plenty to do in Greenwich. One thing a few of my friends and I have tried is Zumba. Zumba is a great way to stay active and blow off some steam even when the weather keeps you indoors. I may not be the most skilled Zumba-er out there, but my attempts to look coordinated certainly are entertaining. Classes like Zumba, yoga, or spinning are available daily at the YMCA and dozens of other fitness studios across town.
When the cold breaks, and the sun does come out, a myriad of activities become easily accessible for teens in Greenwich. A day at Tod’s Point is always a great option, but for those who want to try something a bit different, trails at the Audubon, the Montgomery Pinetum and the Babcock preserve are all beautiful places to explore. Additionally, this summer, I’d highly recommend taking a day trip with friends to Island Beach. Ferries leave frequently, and the trip is just far enough that you feel as though you’ve left Greenwich, yet close enough to remain convenient.
Something fun that can be done at any point during the year is a trip to the city. If there’s nothing to do in Greenwich, the bustling metropolis of New York City is always a good bet. Take the train in with friends to catch a play, visit a new exhibit at one of the many museums, or go out for a special meal. Greenwich’s close proximity to NYC opens up an entirely new world of possibilities for the underwhelmed Greenwich teenager.
Lastly, the summer offers many different charity events, fairs, and recreational activities. Join one of the town’s soccer, baseball, or softball teams with a group of friends. Go to the annual Renaissance Festival just to see what it’s all about. Raise money at the Greenwich chapter’s Relay for Life event coming up on Friday, June 10. Volunteer at St. Paul’s Riverside book sale, or one of the many blood drives held in Greenwich.
Staying home with friends is always a good option for any teen, but those who complain that Greenwich is void of fun and interesting activities for the average adolescent should re-evaluate.
Caroline Shavel is a senior at Greenwich High School.
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