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Parents, Students Find Ways to Fill School Break

SCARSDALE, N.Y. – This week is spring recess week for Scarsdale Public Schools.

Now what?

While many families take advantage of the break and the spring weather to head off on vacation, others remain in Scarsdale. Scarsdale High freshman Erin McGovern is sticking close to home during vacation. "I'm going spend time hanging out with my friends," she said as she dashed into Starbucks on East Parkway.

Erin produced a quick list of eight things to do on vacation:

  • Play with my dog
  • Hang out with friends
  • See a new movie
  • Help out at my grandparents' office
  • Hang out in the village
  • Hang out with kids from school at Starbucks
  • Me and my friend Lynnie bake stuff
  • Have a sleep-over at Lynnie's

Scarsdale freshmen Melissa Polin and Dana Maroney said they were planning on "just hanging out" this week as well, with no special activities planned.

For parents looking for structured activities, there are still some options.

The Weinberg Nature Center has a spring detectives program planned for 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. through Thursday this week for children ages 4 to 10. The fee is $55 a day or $200 for the week. Children will explore woods and meadows to discover the activities of animals and plants. There will be games, stories, eco-dramas, crafts and visits with Weinberg's collection of animals.

Children should bring a lunch and dress for the weather.

Contact the center at 455 Mamaroneck Road at (914) 722-1289.

Scarsdale Parks and Recreation has several programs running throughout the week. There's a trio of Mad Science Mini Camps – Shock it To Me, Planet Rock and Junior Rocket Academy – Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings. All are at the Girl Scout House on Waverly Road.

There are morning and afternoon sessions through Thursday for Multi-Sports Camps and Sports Squirts Camp for 3-to-5-year-olds, all at the Scarsdale Middle School gym. Check with the recreation department at village hall or call (914) 722-1160 to see if there are last-minute openings.

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