Top 10: Best Study Breaks this Weekend

Have you been taking shelter from the storm in Douglas, staying up all night, or getting frustrated with your brain? We feel you! That’s why we’ve put together a handy list of the BEST Study Break ideas this weekend, for when you need a break and a breath of fresh air! Keep reading…

TOP 10 STUDY BREAK IDEAS THIS WEEKEND AT QUEEN'S University in Kingston, Ontario

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Have you been taking shelter from the storm in Douglas, staying up all night, or getting frustrated with your brain? We feel you! That’s why we’ve put together a handy list of the BEST Study Break ideas this weekend, for when you need a break and a breath of fresh air! Keep reading…

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1. Go Caroling!

Join the Meistersingers on Saturday from 2pm-4pm for a fun Christmas Carol sing outside the Grand Theatre! Song sheets will be provided! Bundle up, it can get chilly! Join your fellow carolers for hot choc next door at The Copper Penny when you’re done. ?

Is the weather outside too frightful? Get into the Christmas spirit this Sunday by singing along to all your favourite carols inside the majestic St. George’s Cathedral downtown (Johnson & King St. E)! Featuring both an adult choir and an adorable children’s choir! 4pm-5pm, free admission ?

2. Cross some people off your Christmas List

Shopping in Kingston is a great way to find unique, one-of-a-kind gifts for your special ones back home! There’s a lot to choose from – so check out our List of Where to Shop Downtown for Everyone on Your List for hints before you head downtown!

Want to support local artisans? Check out the pop-up Kingston Holiday Market on Princess Street, open Saturday 11am-5pm and Sunday, 11am-4pm!

3. Go to a play

We love the idea of “adding some culture” to your week – and going to a play is a way better study break than watching Netflix (no binge-watching)! There are two holiday plays on Saturday that might pique your interest: Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol (Saturday, 1:30pm & 7:30pm at Theological Hall, tickets $17-$20) and Bottle Tree Production’s “A Little Princess” (Saturday, 2pm & 7:30pm at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian, at Princess & Clergy, tickets $20).

4. Go for a walk

Stuck on something? Queen’s Student Wellness Services has a great list of stress-busters, and one of them includes taking a walk – to feel connected to your surroundings. Campus is beautiful under a blanket of snow, so why not take some pics while you’re at it? Tag @queensevents on Instagram and we’ll share the love!

Turning your study break into a study date with your crush? Keep motivated to crush a few hours of studying by booking a slot for the Lumina Borealis tour after your study sesh! Open Saturday and Sunday from 5pm-8:15pm, up at Fort Henry (short cab ride away), it’s a prime winter-in-Kingston date idea, and also a great way to release some stress! “Find your path through an enchanted land, across a frozen landscape, to reignite your winter spirit.”

5. Play a game

If you like puzzles, going to Improbable Escapes is a next level study break idea! They have different games running all weekend, so why not get a group together and try to break out of an escape room? Works best if you know 3-5 people who have the same exam sched. as you do (looking at you 1st years). They’re open Saturday until 11pm & Sunday until 9pm, and tickets are $25.

Play a board game

Did you know that Minotaur Games & Gifts downtown on Princess has free Games Nights every Sunday & Thursday from 5pm-9pm? Is crafting more your style? Minotaur hosts Make & Craft nights on Wed. & Fri. from 6pm-9pm! It’s also a great place to find novelties & handmade gifts (see #2). That’s a 2-in-1 study break!

6. Learn something new

The Ecole Cathedrale elementary school at Johnson & Barrie (near Metro) is hosting an Irish Christmas Ceili this Saturday night from 7pm-10pm. Admission is $7 students/$12 public. Ceili dances are a popular form of folk dancing in Ireland, accompanied by live Irish traditional music! All are welcome regardless of age or experience, and no Partner is needed! Guaranteed to be a good time learning something new and laughing your ass off!

7. Go for a run

If running is your usual way to release stress, then don’t miss this Sunday’s 5K Santa Run at 10am! Meet outside Runners’ Choice (Brock St. & King St. E, across from market square) – Santa costume optional!

8. Listen to music

Quick shout-out to Queen’s CoGro for creating these awesome study playlists on Spotify for when you need coffeehouse vibes without leaving the house/library. Important: CoGro is closing for the holidays on Tuesday, Dec. 19 at 9 pm. Get your last bagels of 2017 while you can! 

Feel like going out? We recommend seeing Road Apples: The Tragically Hip Tribute Band play live on Saturday (10pm-2am at The Merchant Tap House, 19+) or checking out Hip Hop Sundays (11pm-2am at The Toucan, 19+). There’s also live music both nights at Musiikki Cafe and Whiskey Bar (8pm-11pm, all ages+). Bonus: all of these shows are free/no cover!

9. Meditate

“There are lots of relaxation techniques that can help you manage stress and help you improve your concentration, productivity, and overall well-being. To get started: find a quiet, relaxing place where you can be alone for 10-20 minutes.” Read more…

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could just lie in a hammock for a couple hours and find your zen of total relaxation? Samatva Yoga (on Princess in the Hub) feels you on this, and they’re running a 2-hour Suspension Yoga class on Sunday, 5:30pm-7:30pm.

10. Laugh out loud by going to a Comedy show

Feel like going out? This Saturday night, K Trevor Wilson from Crave TV’s award-winning television show “Letterkenny” is performing at Absolute Comedy on Princess! Fun fact: he debuted at age 14 on the TV show Goosebumps, but is now best known for his work as Squirrelly Dan on Letterkenny. As a stand up comedian he’s performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Comedy Central’s Roast Battles and multiple times at the prestigious Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal as well as the Winnipeg Comedy Festival. Tickets are only $20. Get there by 7:20pm to get good seats.

What did we miss?

Do you have other study break ideas that we’ve missed? Comment below!

Looking for what’s coming up next week in Kingston? Check out our December events calendar here.

Want to know what’s happening in the New Year? Take a peek at January’s events calendar here.

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