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By Alicia Dziak

Spring break is here, which means the kids are off, the Easter Bunny is coming, and if you’re not heading south, it’s time to enjoy your “staycation” right here in Springville and Western New York!

March 30 and 31, and April 1 are all about Easter. The Lenten season is a perfect excuse to grab a fish fry, and there are numerous options all around Springville.

Egg hunts, the bunny, religious celebrations and more await all over the area. Check out the article on page 13 for more details.

On Monday, April 2, celebrate Dyngus Day at the Broadway Market. The celebration includes Buffalo’s Best Kielbasa Tasting Contest at noon, Melody Line Performing on the Market Stage from 1 to 4 p.m. and Polish beer.

For those who want winter to last just a little bit longer, Holiday Valley will be open through April 8, weather permitting. For a real treat, ski and golf on the same day, as HV’s golf course is also set to open on April 8.

The break week is a great time to rediscover all the area’s museums and nature preserves.

Head to the Buffalo Botanical Gardens for their Spring Flower Exhibit and baby animals. This year’s exhibit will be dripping with color! Included with the exhibit is the 4-H Farm that will host baby bunnies, chicks, pigs, ducks and so much more. For more info, visit buffalogardens.com.

Head to Reinstein Woods, at 93 Honorine Drive in Depew, for some spring break activities! Come for one day or all week. Programs include: April 2 – Solar Solutions; April 3 – Nature Apps; April 4 – Birding; April 5 – Geocaching Egg Hunt; April 6 – Wind Power Challenge. Registration is required by calling (716) 683-5959. For more info, visit reinsteinwoods.org.

The Buffalo History Museum, at One Museum Court in Buffalo, will host Break Out! all week from 1 to 3 p.m. The program will include history-related activities and is free with museum admission. For more info, visit buffalohistory.org.

Head to the Buffalo Science Museum to see the digiPlaySpace, an interactive playground for kids and grown-ups alike where they can explore new media technologies, learning-centric games and hands-on installations. Guests will engage with 14 different interactive digital activities created by artists around the world. From large-scale interactive installations and fast-paced multiplayer video games, to immersive green-screen adventures and experimenting with robotics, digiPlaySpace offers guests of all ages exciting ways to explore our increasingly interconnected world. The Buffalo Museum of Science is only the third museum in the U.S. to host the exhibit, which runs through April 22.

On Friday, April 6, take advantage of free admission to the Albright Knox Art Gallery during their monthly First Friday. Held on the first Friday of every month — from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. — admission to part of the museum and select events are free for everyone. Admission to special exhibitions is Pay What You Wish. Make sure you bring the kids on the 11 a.m. Family Friendly Tour. On Sunday, April 8, museum admission for the entire family is just $5, and includes an array of programming for children and their families (stories, tours, projects, yoga, etc.). For more info, visit albrightknox.org.

How about a trip to the downtown library? Check out Buffalo Never Fails: The Queen City and World War I Exhibit at the Central Library. As part of the centennial commemoration of U.S. involvement in World War I, this exhibit highlights the Library’s graphic WWI poster collection. Through the help of books, letters, photographs and other artifacts, the story of the contributions to the war effort made by Buffalonians is showcased.

Shea’s Performing Arts Center will feature School of Rock April 3-8. Based on the hit film, this hilarious new musical follows Dewey Finn, a wannabe rock star posing as a substitute teacher who turns a class of straight-A students into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band. This high-octane smash features 14 new songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber, all the original songs from the movie and musical theatre’s first-ever kids rock band playing their instruments live on stage. For ticket info, visit sheas.org.

Spring break means 10 days to enjoy everything this area has to offer. Think sunshine and fun!

Easter Activities:

By Jennifer Weber

Easter is only days away, so it’s time to get out and enjoy the springtime fun that can only be had right now. Hop on over to one of many festive activities to celebrate!

Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by

Concord American Legion Post 431

March 31: Community Easter Egg Hunt, noon at Fiddler’s Green Park, followed by

a small party at the Concord Town Hall with refreshments. Sponsored by Concord American

Legion Post 431, Auxiliary and Sons of the Legion.

Adult Easter Egg Hunt

Saturday, March 31, 2018, 8 p.m.

Springville Moose Club

13080 Buffalo Rd, Springville

Who said Easter Egg hunts are just for children? Come join the fun and search for the winning eggs! $5 per person, includes an Adult Beverage and admission to the egg hunt. For more information call (716) 592-3806.

Around Western New York:

Seaster Egg Hunt

Saturday, March 24, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Aquarium of Niagara

701 Whirlpool Street, Niagara Falls

The Easter Bunny will be visiting the Aquarium of Niagara and leading kiddos with fun filled egg-periments and an Easter egg hunt. Admission to the Seater Egg Hunt is free with admission which also includes the brand new Penguin Coast exhibit and Rescue Harbor Seal Presentations and Sea Lion Shows. For more information visit www.aquariumofniagara.org or call (716) 285-3575.

Easter at the Botanical Gardens

Buffalo Botanical Gardens

2655 South Park Avenue, Lackawanna

Easter Egg Hunt

Saturday, March 24, 11 a.m.

The annual Easter Egg Hunt at the Botanical Gardens sells out every year so make sure to register as soon as possible! Children ages seven and under collect two eggs to exchange for a prize! The Hunt is outside so dress accordingly and bring a basket to collect eggs.

Easter Bunny Visit

Friday, March 30, 10 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Wegmans Family Day Spring Celebration

Saturday, March 31, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Easter Sunday

Sunday, April 1, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m

For more information, visit www.buffalogardens.com or call (716) 827-1584.

Spring Egg-stravaganza

Friday, March 30, 2018, 10 a.m., 12 p.m. and 2 p.m

Tifft Nature Preserve

1200 Fuhrmann Blvd, Buffalo

For something a little different why not attend the Tifft Annual Celebration of Animals that Hatch from Eggs. Guests will meet live animals, make some crafts, play some games, participate on guided hikes, do a little egg-dying and more. (Bring your own hard boiled eggs to participate in egg dying (maximum of 6), dye made using natural dyes from flowers and vegetables will be provided!) For more information visit  www.tifft.org or call (716) 825-6397.

Bunny Hop 5K

Saturday, March 31, 10:30 a.m – 3 p.m.

East Aurora Post 362 -The American Legion

1 Legion Drive, East Aurora

Registration is now open for the East Aurora Rotary Club’s annual Bunny Hop 5K! (Entrance fee before March 29th – $20, after March 29th – $30. The first 900 runners receive a special gift. Free food, beer and refreshments will be served post-race. For more information visit www.EArotary.org or call (716) 866-0136.

Easter Bunny Express

Saturday, March 31 10 a.m. – 5 p.m

Arcade & Attica Railroad Corporation

278 Main Street, Arcade

Enjoy a 2 hour and 20-minute round trip train ride to Curriers Station for a Easter Egg Hunt. Other festive activities and concessions are offered during the train ride. For more information visit www.aarailroad.com or call (585) 492-3100.

Adult Easter Egg Hunt

Saturday Mar. 31, 7 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.

Rolling Hills Asylum

11001 Bethany Center Road, East Bethany

The Rolling Hills Asylum’s Adult Easter Egg Hunt takes you through their 60,000 sq ft of buildings to find Easter eggs and redeem them for prizes. Following the egg hunt is a self guided ghost hunt! For more information visitwww.rollinghillsasylum.com or call (585) 502-4066.

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