Activities abound to fill spring break downtime

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SPRING-BREAK

Several local organizations have lined up a week’s worth of activities to keep idle hands busy during the week of spring break, March 25-29.

All events are free unless otherwise noted.

 

Monday, March 25

• Spring Break Family Learning at A.C. Gilbert Discovery Village, 116 Marion Street N.E., in Salem. 1 to 4 p.m. An afternoon of free family learning experiences in village exhibits. Test out a marble race track, make shadow puppets and participate in a lively scavenger hunt. Free with admission.

 

Tuesday, March 26

• Pioneer Playground at Mission Mill, 1313 Mill Street S.E., 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Come play and find out what was fun in 1840. Try out some toys and play some games from long ago. See what you can create with simple supplies and make a pioneer toy to take home. $3 per person, includes program and museum admission.

• Spring Break Family Learning at A.C. Gilbert Discovery Village, 1 to 4 p.m. An afternoon of free family learning experiences in village exhibits. Test out a marble race track, make shadow puppets and participate in a lively scavenger hunt. Free with admission.

• Turn some dirt and make a boot-iful shoe garden during Salem Public Library’s Dig It: Gardening for kids at 2 p.m. Everyone should bring an old shoe or boot The library is located at  585 Liberty Street S.E., in Salem.

• Angry Bird Live Rematch at Salem Public Library. Middle- and high school-aged students will create customized birds from puffballs and foam then launch them at hand-crafted structures to vanquish the puff-ball pigs inside. Pre-registration is suggested by calling 503-588-6364.

• Create artist trading cards at Salem Public Library. Everyone is invited to roll up their sleeves to create one of a kind Artist Trading Cards with upcycled papers, stamps, and paint. 6 to 8 p.m.

 

Wednesday, March 27

• Power Up at Mission Mill, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Water power built Salem and we still depend on it today. Try some water power experiments and learn how to be good water stewards. Be prepared to get wet.$3 per person, includes program and museum admission.

• Spring Break Family Learning at A.C. Gilbert Discovery Village, 1 to 4 p.m. An afternoon of free family learning experiences in village exhibits. Test out a marble race track, make shadow puppets and participate in a lively scavenger hunt. Free with admission.

•Karate for Kids at Salem Public Library, 2 p.m. Instructors from Karate for Kids lead this exploration of karate moves.

• Free screening of The Dark Knight Rises at 4 p.m.

 

Thursday, March 28

•Mr. Townsend’s Adventures at Mission Mill, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Naturalist John Townsend came to Oregon in 1834 and many of the birds we know today were identified by him. Be a naturalist yourself as you make feeders and nesting supplies for neighborhood birds and learn about Townsend’s adventures around Oregon. $3 per person, includes program and museum admission.

• Surf’s Up Beach party at Salem Public Library. Join the Youth Services staff for the limbo, beach ball tossing and some sandy crafts. 2 p.m.

• Library Island at Salem Public Library, 6:30 p.m. Players will put to the test their speed, aim, stomachs, memories and puzzle-solving skills to gain points and win prizes. Pre-registration is suggested by calling 503-588-6364.

 

Friday, March 29

• Free screening of Wreck-it Ralph at Salem Public Library. 2 p.m. In the film a video game villain sets out to change his lot in life and become a hero. Doors open at 1:45 p.m.

• Teen Scene Scavenger Hunt at Salem Public Library, 3 to 6 p.m. Visitors are invited to grab a scavenger hunt sheet and win a prize by showing what they know and what they can find in our library’s Teen Scene area. The hunt takes about 10-15 minutes.

 

Minicamps at A.C. Gilbert

All camps are Thursday and Friday, March 28-29. Cost is $25 for members and $30 for non-members.

• The Magical World of Fairies, 9 a.m. to noon. Create a fairy garden, go on a fairy quest and make your own fairy magic. Kids will explore botany, natural history and our environment in this delightful mini camp. Ages 5-7.

• A Day in the Life of a Caveman, 1 to 4 p.m. Discover what cavemen looked like, learn what animals lived at the same time as cavemen and view real fossils from that era. Kids will learn about world history, geologic time and our ancient ancestors through creative games and activities. Ages 5-7.

• Play with Your pHood, 9 a.m. to noon. Explore the science of food through creative cookery. Try out molecular gastronomy, Kawaii cooking and other quirky kitchen science techniques. Grab a lab coat and goggles get ready for a pHood adventure. Ages 8-12.

• It’s Gonna Blow, 1 to 4 p.m. Make things move, shake and explode while learning about chemistry, physics and geology. Activities will test how high a soda fountain and stomp rocket can go. Kids will also learn how to build a better volcano. Ages 8-12.

 

Ongoing

• The Boys and Girls Club will be open 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. all week during Spring Break. $5 one-time membership fee or day pass for 10 cents. Lunch served. 4840 Noren Avenue NE. 503-304-1313.

• The Salem Kroc Center features swimming, rock climbing, a full-sized gym, a library and media center, wireless Internet throughout the building and more. 1865 Bill Frey Drive NE. Hours are 5:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. all week during spring break. Admission is $5 day for youth and seniors or $7 for adults; monthly memberships also available.

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