Making the Most of MEA Break

Elsie Goren and Maggie Stout

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Each fall, EHS faculty members and students eagerly await the annual four-day MEA break. Here are some ways to make the most of it.

1. Visit the Mall of America. To kick off your break, head over to the MOA after school on Wednesday, October 19th. YouTube sensation Hannah Hart is hosting a book signing in the rotunda at 7 PM. Official wristbands guaranteeing autograph line entrance will be distributed at 4 PM. You don’t want to miss it!

2. Go apple picking at Afton Apple Orchard. Located in Hastings, Afton Apple Orchard offers something for everyone. During the fall season, visitors can pick raspberries and over 13 different varieties of apples. The orchard is open from 10 AM to 6 PM and costs $4 to enter.

3. Catch a flick. Pay a visit to the movie theater to see the latest films. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Queen of Katwe, and Snowden are a few of the smash hits playing currently. If you’re more of a homebody, Netflix has added season 5 of American Horror Story, season 2 of The Flash, and season 11 of Supernatural to its collection of tv shows.

4. Get lost in a corn maze. Find time to spend a day at Sever’s Corn Maze in Shakopee. Although the drive takes 30 minutes, it shouldn’t be missed. The site contains a corn maze, corn pit, exotic petting zoo, pumpkin patch, and more. Tickets cost $15.

5. Cheer on Eagan athletics. Be sure to attend a sports game over the weekend and show your Eagan pride. On Wednesday, October 19th at 7 PM, the football team plays against Apple Valley at home. The next night, Thursday, October 20th, our volleyball players face off against Eden Prairie at 7 PM at home. Check out the games!

6. Snap some pics at Minnehaha Falls. The park’s natural beauty captivates all who visit. Minnehaha Falls is free to explore and has a variety of parkways, trails, and waterways. The site is also home to seafood restaurant Sea Salt Eatery. Be sure to grab a bite in between admiring the fall colors.

7. Watch the third presidential debate. The third debate between presidential candidates Clinton and Trump will occur on Wednesday, October 19th at 8 PM. Taking place at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas, the debate’s format will be identical to the first. Clinton and Trump will focus primarily on immigration, the Supreme Court, and debt, among other topics.

8. Taste new fall drinks. Coffee addicts, rejoice! During autumn, Caribou Coffee offers wild pumpkin and wild caramel apple mochas and coolers. If you prefer Starbucks, you can indulge in their signature pumpkin spice latte, salted caramel mocha, or the new chile mocha for “those mornings that need an extra kick.” If you have a penchant for sipping tea instead of coffee, head out to Indigo Tea Company in Burnsville to enjoy their renowned bubble tea.

9. Take a hike through Lebanon Hills. Containing almost 2,000 acres of land, Lebanon Hills Regional Park offers an array of recreational activities. Hiking, picnicking, fishing, and geocaching are a few of the wide assortment of activities to complete. For more information, call the visitor center at 651-554-6530.