500 Dates of Summer

Disneyland Resort

Been a while since you’ve ventured out to The Happiest Place on Earth? With new rides, like
The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel’s Undersea Adventure, and makeovers to the classics, like Star Tours, there’s no time like the present to visit the Disneyland Resort! Get your friends together for an early morning huddle to plan your ride agenda for the day, and strategically choose which rides you’ll need a FASTPASS. In between rides, go on a character scavenger hunt/photo shoot and snap fun and crazy pics with your favorite Disney characters! C’mon, who doesn’t want to snag a kiss with Aladdin and post it as her Facebook profile pic?
Before you line up to ride Indiana Jones™ Adventure, stop by the Tiki Juice Bar for an ice-cold Dol
e Pineapple Whip. It’s tangy, pineapple-y awesomeness in your mouth that is sure to beat the inevitable heat of SoCal.
Address: 1313 S. Harbor Blvd., Anaheim, CA 92802
Hours: As early as 8 a.m. to as late as midnight. Check the Disneyland calendar for exact times  
Price: $76 each (Psst, check to see if your university or parents’ companies have any deals on tickets. You might save enough to cover lunch!)


500 Dates of Summer

The Grammy Museum

Couldn’t get the tickets to the must-see summer concert? Here’s the next best thing. Grab a bite to eat at L.A. Live and go to The Grammy Museum. Yeah, you heard ME right, a museum. This one isn’t your typical stroll down ancient memory lane. The Grammy Museum is a fun, interactive venue full of the kind of history you can can dance to! While you explore, don’t miss the third floor’s all-access pass to everything that has to do with the Grammys. Take a gander at the Grammy trophies and then drool over some of the most memorable Grammy outfits, including dresses worn by Taylor Swift and Jennifer Lopez. Catch a performance, like Andy Grammer’s Homegrown appearance, in the Clive Davis Theater. It’s a super intimate, 200-seat theater that really gives you access to artists in a unique, memorable way.
Other highlights, the John Lennon, Songwriter exhibit lets you mix your own version of classics like “Give Peace a Chance.” You can get your Glee on and lay down your own vocal tracks! Speaking of Glee, check out the exhibit dedicated to Rachel Berry’s (Lea Michele) idol, Barbra Streisand.
Psst, after a day of fun and music, see if you can catch your fave performer at the back of the Staples Center or at the tour bus area. Don’t forget your Sharpie!
Address: 800 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, California 
Regular Hours: Monday – Friday 11:30am – 7:30pm, Saturday – Sunday 10:00am – 7:30pm
Price: 10.95-$12.95 (bring your school ID for the student rate)





Ever want to just get in a circle, put your shoes in and dance? Prom is the best time to do this— in style. Bringing your glam to Prom with a group of friends and forgetting about a date can lead to an amazing Prom experience without all the stress of who is asking whom. Take it from me: I went to my junior Prom with a limo full of friends and had way more fun than going with a date for my senior ball (I ended up ditching my date in favor of dancing with some of the girls!). Grab a friend (guy or girl) and put your dancing shoes on, and check out advice from Prom veterans about how to have the best Prom ever.
Date or Friend?
So Prom is this close and you’re single: You start getting nervous about who to ask and how or who is going to ask you. Ditch those worries, keep it simple and grab your other friends! Prom is about having fun and looking amazing, nothing else should matter. Don’t girls just want to have fun? “I only went to my senior Prom, but it was great,” said former Burrillville high school Prom veteran, Courtney Wilson. “We took a limo with like ten people, and it was fun with a lot of dancing.”
When deciding the date situation, keep in mind who you think is going to provide the most comic relief, the best laughs and an overall great time. Would you rather hang out with a date you barely know or the people who you eat lunch with, talk about classes and gush about the class cuties?

Prom Night
Sure it is fun to get your hair and makeup done, pair it up with the most stunning dress and take pictures next to a dashing boy (with both your parents cooing). Then you slip into a limo with other couples, after taking couples pictures, and discuss how excited you are. You get to Prom, dance a little bit, laugh a lot and just chill.  
But, imagine this: You and a few of your closest friends meet up for a hair appointment. After you are all finished oogling over each other’s gorgeous stylish locks, you head over to another friends house to add makeup to the mix, each taking turns to do each other’s. Then you all pile in a limo (of course after pictures are taken with the besties) and you crank up the music as you head to dinner. Then you dance the night away, turning heads with your beauty and your confidence.
Both situations are fun, but the latter takes the pressure off Prom and date protocol. Option #1: You practice traditional Prom expectations and can even mix in date and friends (lets hope your date gets along with them). Option #2: You’re with the people you care about most! You don’t need a date to have fun!
Schroeder High School Prom vet Jessica Tanney experienced both situations. “I had a better time at the ball [when] I attended with mutual friends rather than a boyfriend.”

Capture It
Whether you’re with a date, friends or a mix of both, don’t forget to take pictures! “I went with a date, but we all hung out in groups with everybody,” Calhoun School Prom vet Sara Elena said. “It was chill and stress-free and we all took pictures. Riding in the limo with friends was kind of cool because we got to do some things the ‘traditional’ way.”
Whether it be a traditional or a unique Prom experience just throw up your your hands, dance and have fun. “My favorite part of going with a friend was that the emphasis was on everyone having an experience together not just with a date,”  said Donna Missal, a Somerset County Vocational and technical performing arts Prom vet. “It could just be a fun dance.”
-Kimberly Turner

Prom DateWhen it comes to Prom, sometimes people just don’t get it and you have to take things into your own hands. Maybe you even have to ask them right upfront, and trust ME, we’ve got some great ideas for you. If you are of the timid type (don’t worry, plenty of us are) and need some helpful tips about how to drop a hint you’ve come to the right place. Read these simple tips and you’ll have him or her thinking about you in no time.

Write This Down
Leave notes everywhere in their path. Have one saying “Someone wants to go to prom with you” another perhaps saying, “He/she is closer than you think.” Then leave little presents that will remind your potential date of who you are. Make sure they are specific so that they don’t think it is someone else! Either way, you’ll put prom night, and you, on the mind.

Is This a Setup?
It may seem corny, but try to set your friends up with his/her friends. Or if you know your friend is interested, bring it up to them and add, “How fun it would be if we all went together?” You’ll bring up the idea of how easy it would be to all go as a big group. Lots of guys want prom to be simple, and what’s easier than taking someone plus having friends there as a back up?


Something Seems Fishy
If you are planning to eventually ask him/her if they don’t get the hint, this is a great starting point. Leave goldfish crackers everywhere; their locker, outside their car, even at their lunch table. They will eventually catch on that something is happening and be curious. Follow it up by asking them out with the classic “Let the Fish do the Talking” scheme.

The Casual Mention
In your regular conversation with your, hopefully, date to be, mention the ways that your friends are being asked to prom and how you are still waiting for your date to ask. If they pick up on it, they’ll realize they need to get to it and ask you already! If not, follow up by asking who they are going to prom with or make a joke about how much fun you’d have together. 

Admire From Afar
If the person you want to ask you is more of a secret desire then you need to start building a friendship now, but don’t start it off with prom. Put yourself out there! They will be excited about a new acquaintance that cares about things other than the big dance, and you will be fresh on their mind when they think about who they want to take.

The Girlfriend Card

Your friends are there for a reason. If (and ONLY if) they are mutual friends with the person you have an eye on, have them put in a good word. Your potential date may not even know, or have picked up on the fact that you are interested. Sometimes all it takes is a little name drop from your friends to get the ball rolling. You could even ask them to post a link to ME’s stellar prom ask outs on their Facebook wall! This can only be used once, however, seeing as you don’t want to freak him/her out or overwhelm them.

It’s the Little Things
Talk, but not constantly, about your prom details. Make it blatantly obvious that you are dateless, and ask if they are excited.  Talk about how much fun it’s going to be, but then change the subject after awhile. Make sure you’re pre-date conversations are comfortable so that the other person can think about asking you without nerves getting in the way.

Sneak Attack
Go out on a pre-date before prom! Ask if they want to see a movie or go to the school baseball game that weekend. Don’t come right out and say it’s a date, that way if you both have fun it will definitely get them thinking about how awesome it would be to go to the dance together. They may even think it was their idea in the first place! And, on the plus side, if things are awkward you’ll realize that it wasn’t worth it and will still have time to look for a new prom prospect.

Don’t Seem Desperate
You don’t want that special someone to think you are drooling over them. When you ask who they are taking, they will most likely ask you the same question in return. Say you have a few options, but there’s someone that hasn’t asked that you’ve got an eye on. This puts you more in control, but also signals to him/her that you’re a bit mysterious. This way you’ll be on their mind until they break down and ask you.

Friends are Key
If you have mutual friends, talk to them and try to get some insider info. They won’t be alarmed, and will most likely have the answer. However, be aware that the fact you asked will probably get back to him/her. This is a plus because it means that they will know you are interested. And if they already have a date they will still think it’s sweet you thought of them.

Come Out and Say it!
If all else fails, tell him/her you want to be their date! Say how excited you are for prom and mention you’d love to go with them. Although this may be scary at first, remember to be confident. People respond well to those who aren’t afraid to say what they think. Either way, you’ll feel great about the fact that you said what you needed to say and didn’t beat around the bush.
-Megan Stein

Just Smile

 Prom. Just the thought of the word scrambles nerves and sets your brain spiraling, thinking about the perfect dress, renting a tux or getting the dream girl/guy to agree to go with you. Asking someone tothe big dance can be stressful, especially if the person you want to ask is completely oblivious to your maybe not-so-subtle hints (don’t worry, we have awesoME tips for that, too). For all of you bold girls and guys who need a little direction, let ME help you out with these creative takes on some classic ask outs that will wow your date-to-be and make it absolutely impossible to say no!

The Element of Surprise
This one is usually foolproof for girls. Ask her to get lunch with you, or if you hang with her often, offer to be the driver for the day. Tell her she has something on her face and to look in the mirror. Once she pulls it open, have “Prom?” written on the mirror in lipstick or something else that is a bright color and can be easily removed. She’ll be so taken aback that she’ll have to say yes!


 Cute and Cuddly  
Take a quick trip to Build-a-Bear Workshop, or a similar store where you can create stuffed animals, and pick him/her out a furry new friend. Record a message asking them to the dance and stuff it in the bear. Your prospective date will love that you went out of your way to make something especially for them! Also, get creative with the animal. Sometimes unconventional is better, so look at the funny choices, like dinosaurs or elephants, too.

Let the Fish Do the Talking
The classic “Laguna Beach”
Homecoming scenario may seem a bit overdone, but it’s a crowd pleaser. Go to a store, such as Wal-Mart, and buy a goldfish and bowl. Put it in his/her room (after getting permission from the parentals first). Add a sign that says, “Of all the fish in the sea, you are the one for me. Prom?” This can also work if you hint by trailing goldfish crackers around places they usually go, such as a locker or a classroom seat, so that your potential date will be confused and looking for an answer. If you need tips on how to strategically place a hint, ME’s got you covered on that, too. 

Make a Statement
If you are in with the student administration, ask if you can make a special request over the intercom whenever your
 particular school does announcements during the day. Have the principal announce you, and then ask him/her for everyone to hear! This one is pretty gutsy, but it will get people talking about it-and your date won’t be able to stop thinking about your fearless attitude.

Trouble with the Law
This one would be better for the guys. Find an old parking ticket envelope or a good substitute, such as a brown envelope you can find in your school office. Place it on his car windshield with a note inside that resembles a parking ticket. Fill in the proper spaces, such as where the line says, “Violation” write “Prom?” For the date, enter in the date of the dance and then write two separate check boxes saying yes or no. He’ll love that you freaked him out for a bit and will laugh at your familiarity with the law.


‘X’ Marks the Spot
 Make a treasure map that serves as a scavenger hunt for him/her. Leave the map on their doorstep on a weekend afternoon (talk to a friend first to make sure they are available and have someone to help them out) and ring the doorbell. Leave clues around your favorite places in town so that they start to pick up on who it may be. At the end of the hunt, have a sign that says, “Taking you to Prom would be the best treasure of all,” right before the entrance to the final spot where you will be standing. Not only will they get a fun day out of it, but also they’ll love the extra effort you put into your invitation.

Parking Block
At the end of the school day, rush out to your car where you will have “Prom?” decorated on the windshield. Go to his/her usual parking space and block them in. After they get frustrated for not being able to leave they’ll turn around and see you in your car and laugh at your cleverness. It also works to decorate their car before they get out for the day, but make sure not to do any permanent damage!

Up, Up and Away
Fill up his/her entire room with balloons and stick a note in one of them that says,  “
Prom? with your name and a yes/no check box. Put as many balloons inside as possible, after getting permission first, and put a sign outside their bedroom door that says, “Start popping, but be careful. There’s a message in one.” Though it’s a bit obnoxious, it’ll be fun for the person and once they find your note they’ll laugh about the whole scenario and be dying be your date.

Working Class
If you know that they work at a low-key job and get alone well with their managers, or if you work with the date-to-be, this one is great. Pull up to their place of employment with a huge sign asking them
to Prom. Have a friend drive and use a megaphone to start a bit of a scene. Once your date comes out, they will be so surprised and humored at this display that they’ll have to say yes.

Starry, Starry Night
Buy some glow-in-the-dark sticky stars to put on their ceiling. While they are away, sneak into their room and write, “
Prom?” with your phone number underneath it above where their pillow is. When they turn their light off to go to sleep they will look up and see your invitation in the stars. They’ll text you right away and tell you yes!

A Floral Invitation
Fill her locker with flower pedals for the first hint. When she goes out to her car, have flower pedals all over the top and on the windshield. Be ready for when she gets home from school and be waiting with a huge bouquet of the same flowers and just come out and ask her! It may be less creative, but what girl doesn’t love flowers?
—Megan Stein