Keep idle hands busy with spring break activities, camps

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Spring-Break-ActivitesSpring break brings many idle hours, but many local organizations are offering opportunities for learning and recreation during the break.

Here are a few:

Multi-day

The Kroc Center is offering five-day camps with a variety of themes including cooking, sports, fashion, musical theater, art, science and crafting. Cost ranges from $100 to $235 depending on Kroc membership status and camp preference. For more details visit kroc.salvationarmysalem.org.

Keizer Soccer Club is offering a spring break camp March 24 through 27, from 9 a.m. to noon each day, at Whiteaker Middle School. Aaron Lewis, Corban University’s men’s head coach, will be conducting the camp with KSC coaches and parents. Camp sign up information is available at keizersoccerclub.org.

Stick to Joystick: The Archaeology of Toys at A.C. Gilbert’s Discovery Village.  March 25-26. Travel back in time with Alfred Carlton Gilbert and explore the evolution of play. Join in hunter-gather games, make handmade pioneer toys on the frontier, experience the toys from past decades, and design the toys of the future. Register at gilberthouses.org.

Superhero Science at A.C. Gilbert’s Discovery Village. March 25-26. Discover the science behind your favorite superpowers. Budding superheroes will learn the secrets of immortality, flight, invisibility, nd more. Register at gilberthouses.org.

Mini Maker Camp at A.C. Gilbert’s Discovery Village.  March 27-28.  Create buttons using LED lights, making bristle-bots from toothbrushes, and exploring how play-dough can conduct electricity. Register at gilberthouses.org.

Eco-Camp at A.C. Gilbert’s Discovery Village. March 27-28. Hike along the river, play in the village garden, and make wildflower seedballs to take home. Don’t forget to bring your boots and raincoat. Register at gilberthouses.org.

Tuesday, March 25

Garden crafts at Salem Public Library 2 p.m. in the Anderson Rooms. 585 Liberty Street S.E.

Taiko Drumming workshop and performance at Salem Public Library. Middle and high school students will learn traditional Japanese drumming from Portland Taiko, one of America’s premiere Taiko troops. After a break, the public will be invited in for a free performance showing off what the students have learned. Limited to just 20 students Workshop 2:30 to 5 p.m. Performance 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, March 26

Karate for Kids at Salem Public Library. 2 to 3 p.m. in the Anderson Rooms. Elementary and middle school-aged kids are invited to explore karate moves with instructors from Karate for Kids.

Mini-movie Madness at Salem Public Library. 3 to 5 p.m. Two Flip cameras, a group of middle and high school students, one teacher, and a lot of imagination will blend to create a memorable afternoon of movie making. Teens are invited to learn about the basics of film-making and storyboarding before launching into creating compelling 60-second films.

Thursday, March 27

Colors of the Jungle: An Educational Avian Adventure at Salem Public Library. 2 to 3 p.m. in the Loucks Auditorium. Zoologist and Wildlife Educator Karl Anderson will bring along feathered friends representing four continents.

Divergent: Which Faction are You? Salem Public Library. 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Divergent fans and curious teens will be put to the test, taking on a series of challenges that will reveal their true faction allegiance. Once everyone has found their people, teams will enjoy snacks and a quick trivia game pitting faction against faction.

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