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Posted: February 22, 2016

10 things to do this winter that don’t require snow

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Not enough snow on the ground to satisfy your activity needs? No problem! We’ve rounded up some nifty things for you and yours to do that don’t require any frosty flakes.

Climb the walls at Evo Rock & Fitness, Portland

Colder weather leads to cabin fever. Cabin fever makes people climb walls, and the walls in most cabins aren’t conducive to climbing. But at Maine Rock Gym, the walls want you to climb on. The gym is open daily throughout the cold months and first timers can get instruction to get them started. All levels are welcome and ladies can take advantage of the women’s climbing night on 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month.
Maine Rock Gym
65 Warren Ave., Portland | 207-780-6370 |  Evo Rock & Fitness
Introductory package for the first timer costs $35 and includes everything.

Fly through the trees at Sunday River in  Newry

Fly through the air with a friend on the side-by-side zip lines. You can even race each other while you scream your head off from all the fun!
Sunday River Twin Zip Lines
Sunday River Ski Resort, Newry | 800-543-2754 |
Fridays, Saturdays, and select holidays from December through mid-March, $15 for two runs on the 750 foot line.


Swing your partner at Maine Ballroom, Portland

You can dance if you want to!  Maine Ballroom Dancing offers classes in Ballroom, Argentine tango, swing, waltz and rumba.
Maine Ballroom Dance
614 Congress St., Portland | 207-773-0002 |
They offer classes and workshops in Argentine dance, ballroom (think foxtrot, east coast swing and waltz). A 5- week session for “New Beginner Ballroom” is $50.

They also throw dance parties every 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month for $10.

Get crafty at Artascope Studios, South Portland

There’s something about the ability to say “I made that” that’s undeniably appealing. At Artascope Studios in South Portland, students can let their inner artist rule the evening while making hammered silver rings, crochet wire jewelry, fused glass pendants, image transfer art and more. Classes include instruction and all the materials. All you need to bring is imagination.
Artascope Studios
352 Cottage Road, South Portland | 207-799-5154 |

Classes and workshops start at $25

There’s also a second location at 48 Railroad Square in Yarmouth.

Roll with it at Happy Wheels, Portland

Roller skating rinks have been witness to heartbreak before – of the Junior High variety. Maybe you haven’t been back since Joey broke up with you during a couple’s skate. Maybe it’s time to reclaim the rolling wheels and the oblong hardwood floors. You’re an adult now, dangit. No childhood romance is going to keep you away! (But you’ll wear your rad hypercolor shirt anyway, just in case Joey is there.)
Happy Wheels
331 Warren Ave., Portland | 207-797-8207 |
Adult open skates are from 7:30 to 10 pm on Tuesdays; admission is $7. All-ages skates are on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Paint and drink at PaintNite

PaintNite combines artistry with the good ol’ fashioned art of drinking. Everything you need to paint – paint, brushes, canvas, apron, easel, guidance – is provided. You buy the drink of your choice. You can follow the artists along step-by-step to create that night’s painting, or go rogue and paint whatever you’d like.

PaintNite events happen at several greater Portland locations including Buck’s Naked BBQ in Portland, Margarita’s Restaurant (St. John St. in Portland,) Jimmy the Greeks in Old Orchard Beach and South Portland, Coast Bar & Bistro in Brunswick, The Stockhouse in Westbrook and Bumpa’s Bar and Grille in Brunswick among others.  | $45 |

Go on strike at Bayside Bowl, Portland

You won’t strike out when it comes to fun with a night on the lanes at Bayside Bowl. What’s more, the food and drinks are terrific and there’s often live music.
Bayside Bowl
58 Alder S., Portland | 207-791-2695 |
Lanes are open 4 pm-11 p.m. Mon-Thur, 12 pm-midnight on Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. p.m. on Sunday.

Lanes cost $25 per hour Monday – Thursday and $30 per hour on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Show rentals are $3.50 per pair.

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Race to the finish at Maine Indoor Karting, Scarborough

There are places where cutting people off is frowned upon – the interstate, for example, or in line at the grocery store. But at Maine Indoor Karting, your devilish get-ahead driving tactics are not only okay, they’re celebrated. There are no cops clocking your speed here, though there are awesome racing suits.
Maine Indoor Karting
23 Washington Ave., Scarborough | 207-885-0058 |
$23 for single race; memberships and discounts available

Film and food for thought…and also actual food at Frontier, Brunswick

Catching today’s blockbuster isn’t a bad way to spend a frigid winter afternoon. But catching an independent flick at Frontier means you’ll be entertained by the big screen AND see a hand-picked film you might not have the chance to see anywhere else. Plus, the drink and dining menu here makes regular movie theater food look like freezer-burned nonsense…because, well, it kind of is.
Frontier, Brunswick
14 Maine St. Mill 3 Fort Andross, Brunswick | 207-725-5222 |

Let your genius shine during Pub Trivia

Workweeks can be so…blah. If only there were some nighttime occupation you could participate in that would both stimulate your noggin and enable you to unashamedly support your local watering hole. Enter: pub trivia. There’s plenty of trivia night to go around:

Run of the Mill | 7 p.m. Mondays
100 Main St., Saco | 207-571-9648 |

Jimmy the Greeks | 7 p.m. Mondays
215 Saco Ave., Old Orchard Beach | 207-934-7499 |

Jimmy the Greeks | 8 p.m. Tuesdays
150 Philbrook Ave., South Portland | 207-774-7335 |

The Liberal Cup | 8 p.m. Tuesdays
115 Water St., Hallowell | 207-623-2739 |

Binga’s Stadium | 8 pm Tuesdays
77 Free St., Portland | 207-347-6072 |

Ri Ra | 8 pm Tuesdays
72 Commercial St., Portland | 207-761-4446 |

Brian Boru | 7 pm Wednesdays
57 Center St., Portland | 207-780-1506 |

Elements | 7 pm Tuesdays
265 Main St., Biddeford| 207-710-2011 |

Sebago Brewing Company | 7 pm Mondays at two locations
67 Portland Rd., Kennebunk | 207-775-2337 |
211 Fore Street, Portland | 207-775-2337 |

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