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Spring Fever? Activities abound for students on break


There is a cure for spring fever.

From skating with the Easter bunny to creating polymers, parents have plenty of activities to take their children to throughout spring break.

n Roswell P. Flower Memorial Library, 229 Washington St. — Librarians invite young children and parents to “Hop into Spring” for its second annual spring family festival from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

“It works the same as our Appleumpkin festival,” children’s librarian Ashley J. Pickett said.

Children can get their faces painted, play games and do spring-themed crafts. Free refreshments will be provided.

Teens will have their turn for library activities on Wednesday. Those 12 to 18 years old can create a racetrack with cardboard tubes to race ping-pong balls from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Prizes will be given for fastest finish and most creative design.

“It sounds like a blast,” Mrs. Pickett said.

n New York State Zoo at Thompson Park — Children ages 5 to 8 can participate in the zoo’s Spring Zoofari Camp from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday to Friday. During the camp, children will interact with the animals, make craft projects and learn animal trivia.

Fees for nonmembers are $20 per day and $90 for the week. Members pay $15 per day and $70 for the week. Preregistration is required. Call 782-6180 to sign up.

The zoo is open all week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nonmember visitors will be charged $8 per adult and $5 per child.

n Sci-Tech Center of Northern New York, 154 Stone St. — The museum will be open extra hours starting Monday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Several special workshops are planned throughout the week. On Monday, children 10 and older can learn the “Mysteries of Letters and Numbers” through binary computer code and Morse code. The two-hour workshop, which begins at 10 a.m., is $3 for members and $6 for nonmembers.

Children 10 and older also can learn about thinking in two and three dimensions at a workshop that begins at 10 a.m. Tuesday. The workshop fees are the same as above.

Children ages 7 to 13 can learn about the importance of polymers at a workshop from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday. During the hands-on workshop, children will make their own polymer to take home. Workshop fees are the same as above.

To register for a workshop, call at 788-1340.

n Parks and Recreation Department — Today, children and adults alike can skate with spring’s unofficial mascot.

“The Easter bunny will be skating that day,” said Celia E. Cook, department program manager.

The festive public skate sessions will be from noon to 2:30 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Watertown Municipal Arena.

Additionally, Saturday from 1:15 to 3 p.m. is the last public skate of the season.

For more information, call the Parks and Recreation Department at 785-7775.

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