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Summer South Central shenanigans

Staying in L.A.? Here’s six things to do over the summer while living in South Central.

Downtown Los Angeles (Photo by Olenka Kotyk on Unsplash)

For USC students planning to stay local in South Central L.A. over the summer, there are plenty of things to do that don’t involve breaking the bank with a trip to Malibu or Santa Monica. From baseball games to fashion museums, South LA offers a variety of things for everyone to enjoy:

1. Check out a Dodgers game

The Los Angeles Dodgers will be hosting games at Dodger Stadium at full capacity all summer. One of the team’s most exciting series will be against the San Francisco Giants on May 4. The Giants have opened the season with one of the best records in the National League at 13-5 and will look to continue their hot start in early May when visiting the defending World Series Champions.

2. Visit the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County will be displaying a new exhibit, L.A. Underwater, starting May 2 that explores L.A.’s prehistoric artifacts and fossils from when much of the city was submerged underwater for more than 90 million years.

3. Check out the USC Fisher Museum of Art

With a flash of a USC Student ID, any student gets free admission to the Fisher Museum, or any USC museum for that matter. The museum’s permanent collection and ever-rotating collection of student art is a perfect day trip for a student enjoying a day off.

4. Be inspired at the FIDM Museum

For those interested in fashion, the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising Museum is the place to be. Some of the top designers in the world come from FIDM, making the museum one of the most innovative spaces in the fashion world.

5. Grab a bite at South LA Cafe

The South LA Cafe, a Black-owned business dedicated to social justice and providing a community space for South Central residents, has a wonderful atmosphere. Whether you are just buying a coffee or a sweatshirt, it is an amazing place to support.

6. Tap into your artistic side at POT Pottery Studio

POT LA is a pottery studio in South LA owned and operated by people of color, according to their website. The studio offers group lessons and classes for fair prices. Bond with your friends by making things together out of clay!