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OC HIGH / STUDENT NEWS & VIEWS : Entertaining ideas about having fun on a budget? Don't despair. With a sense of adventure, and maybe a few bucks, there's no need to break the bank in order to break the routine. : On the Cheap

March 17, 1994

What's there to do when you're low on bucks? Plenty, found three OC High correspondents who went scouting for interesting outings that didn't require a financial investment.

The correspondents--Alison Koodrich, a senior at Ocean View High School in Huntington Beach; Michelle Pham, a junior at Trabuco Hills High School in Mission Viejo, and Amy Suarez, a senior at Troy High School in Fullerton--each went their separate ways to find entertaining destinations.

They were looking for things to do for $10 or less--and with only a couple of exceptions--they came in on or under budget. Here are a few of the possibilities:

* Side-By-Side

16091 Gothard St., at Edinger Avenue Huntington Beach (714) 847-8333

Side-By-Side's roller-skating and ice rinks feature group or private lessons, figure skating, power skating, broom hockey, roller hockey and more. Admission to the roller rink is $4.50; skate rental is $2. Admission to the ice rink is $5.50, with a $2.50 charge for skate rental.

* Fountain Valley Family Fun Center

16800 Magnolia St. Fountain Valley (714) 842-1111 or (714) 842-1011

Choose from two miniature golf courses, 16 baseball batting cages, bumper boats, go-carts, arcade and Bullwinkle's Family restaurant. Costs: miniature golf, $5; bumper boats, $3.25; go-carts, $3.75; batting cages, $1 for 18 pitches.

* Team Bicycle Rentals

508 Main St. Huntington Beach (714) 969-5480

Rent a bike and ride down Main Street for $5 an hour or $15 a day. Or rent roller-blades and cruise along the beach path for just $5 an hour, $13 a day.

* Huntington Central Park

On Goldenwest Street (between Slater and Talbert avenues) Huntington Beach Pack a picnic basket and take your friends for a relaxing day in the park. Go on a bike ride, take a walk through the nature center, play Frisbee golf or walk your dog around the lake. You can also grab a snack at Alice's Breakfast in the Park, 6622 Lakeview Drive, (714) 848-0690.

* Pacific's Hi-Way 39 Drive-In

7901 Trask Ave. Westminster (714) 891-3693

Catch a movie in your pajamas without getting out of the car. General admission is only $4.50 per person. Shows start at dusk nightly.

* Ruby's Diner

End of Municipal Pier in Seal Beach (310) 431-7829

or

End of Balboa Pier in Newport Beach (714) 675-7829 Take a walk down either pier and stop for a shake at Ruby's. Whether you sit inside or out, the only way to avoid the spectacular view is by closing your eyes. (You may want to sit inside because, quite simply, it can get really cold outside at the end of the pier.) And the burgers are a delight: Ruby's Burger is $3.89; the chili size burger is $5.64. For beach-lovers, park some distance away and roller skate or bike to the pier, which makes arriving seem even more worth it. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

* Denim & Diamonds

7979 Center Ave. Huntington Beach (714) 892-4666

Learn to line dance by taking free country-Western dance lessons from 3 to 5 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. on Sunday evenings. Put on your boots and dance up a storm until 8, because after that, no one under 21 is allowed.

* Corona del Mar Tide Pools

Take Pacific Coast Highway south through Corona del Mar, turn right on Poppy and keep going until it dead-ends at Ocean Boulevard. Park there and take the beach path to check out sea anemones and starfish at the tide pools. An entire day of adventure that's even educational.

* Westminster Lanes

6471 Westminster Blvd. Westminster (714) 893-5005

Take all your friends and practice bowling for $3 per game per person. Shoe rental is $1.75. A special feature is "Rock & Bowl," when you can bowl to rock music from 11:30 p.m. to 3 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights for $8.50 per person.

* Movieland Wax Museum

7711 Beach Blvd. (one block north of Knott's Berry Farm) Buena Park (714) 522-1155 Find yourself among the biggest stars of the movies and TV for only $12.95. Don't forget your camera!

* Griffith Observatory

2800 E. Observatory Road Los Angeles Take Interstate 5 north, exit at Los Feliz Boulevard. Go left at the stop sign and continue for a mile, then turn right on Hillhurst Avenue and follow the signs. Planetarium admission is $4. The Lazarium Light Shows cost $6.50 and are presented Tuesday-Sunday at 6 and 8 p.m., with additional shows at 8:45 p.m. on Friday and Saturday evenings. For program information, call (818) 997-3624.

The telescope on the roof and the Hall of Science are free. The observatory is open from 2 to 10 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 12:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

* Super-Saver Cinema

12343 Seal Beach Blvd. (in the Rossmoor Shopping Center, one-quarter mile north of Interstate 405) (310) 594-9411 Come and see the latest movies--the admission price is always $1.50. That leaves enough money for popcorn and candy, too!

* Big Shots Bar & Grill

23512 El Toro Road Lake Forest (714) 830-2255

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