Books, puppets, crafts and more fun things to do over spring break

Discovery Center Scavenger Hunt

Looking for a fun family activity during spring break? Come to the Discovery Center: Kids get in free with paid adult admission during Oregon and Washington spring break, March 22 through April 13.

Enjoy a fun scavenger hunt, kid craft activities, a special kid’s menu in the café, and live raptor shows daily.

The Discovery Center is located off I-84 at exit 82, 5000 Discovery Drive, The Dalles, and is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Adult admission is $9, seniors $7, admission for kids during spring break is free with paid adult. For more information, call 541-296-8600, ext. 201, or visit gorgediscovery.org.

Spring Extravaganza at The History Museum

Looking for something exciting to do over Spring Break? Dive into history at the The History Museum’s Exploration Space. This hands-on learning space at the museum is always filled with fun activities that teach kids of all ages about history, and the museum is celebrating spring with brand-new activities.

Explore the museum, create your own puppet, learn to weave on a hula hoop, and much more.

Admission is always free for kids 10 and under, currently serving military members and family, and museum members.

Museum hours are Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 541-386-6772 or visit co.hood-river.or.us/museum or.

Thomas, more at the Hood River Library

While your family is enjoying some spring break time, why not stop by the library for a bit of fun? The Hood River Library has some special events planned for March 25-29, including crafts, storytimes, movies, and Thomas the Train.

Spring break events at the Library include:

n Tuesday, March 25, 2 p.m. — Birdfeeder craft. Come make a feeder out of recycled materials for the newly returning birds.

n Wednesday and Thursday, March 26-27, 10:30 a.m. — Spring-themed storytime. Enjoy some special spring-themed stories, songs, and games during our regular weekly storytimes.

n Thursday, March 27, 2 p.m. — Thomas the Tank Engine movie and play time. Come play with the great new Thomas play set donated to the library by G. Williker’s Toy Shoppe, and watch some Thomas films afterward.

n Saturday, March 29, 2 p.m. — Hayao Miyazaki movie. Come see Miyazaki’s (My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away) beautiful retelling of “The Borrowers.”

These programs are free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Library District at 541-386-2535 or info@hoodriverlibrary.org, or visit hoodriverlibrary.org.

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Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge



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