Staycation Activities for Spring Break | News

CADILLAC — As students and their families enjoy spring break, many local organizations are offering activities for those who wish to stay home.

At the Cadillac YMCA, Membership and Marketing Director Bob Reddick said they have a host of activities for people to do during the holidays.

“As always, we have our pool available and a hot tub,” Reddick said. “We have our basketball hall. We have our wellness center where all our training equipment is located.

For students in grades six through twelfth, Reddick said they have a teen center. Open Monday through Friday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., he said students enjoy snacks, board games, ping pong and other activities.

In addition to the center, Reddick said the YMCA hosts a few teen events during the week.

“We have a teen night on Wednesday, 7-9 p.m.,” Reddick said. “It’s a Nerf battle and it’s for grades 6-12.”

“Then we also have another teen event that runs on Fridays from 3-7pm called Paint the Y. That’s where the kids come in and they can paint ceiling tiles for our teen center.”

For these events, Reddick said registration is $5 for members and $10 for non-members.

Down the street at the Wexford Civic Centre, facilities manager Andrew Lobos-Nordman said the civic center is holding its last open skates of the year. He said the open skates will take place Wednesday and Thursday from 1 to 3 p.m.

On Friday, Lobos-Nordman said they are having a light skate from 6-8 p.m.

“It’s $3 for everyone, including rentals,” Lobos-Nordman said.

Throughout the week, he said people are also welcome to play pickleball from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. or join the indoor walk from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

On Saturday, Lobos-Nordman said they were hosting Pop Culture Con in the auditorium. With free entry for everyone, he said there would be comic book vendors, Yu-Gi-Oh and Magic tournaments, and a costume contest. The Cherryland Ghostbusters cosplay group will also be present.

Area libraries also host a variety of events. At the Cadillac Wexford Public Library, teen librarian and programming coordinator Emily Thompson said she had a week full of spring break events.

Thompson said the week started with their collaborative artwork. Throughout the week, she said people are welcome to visit and contribute to the play anytime during spring break.

“No artistic skill is necessary,” Thompson said.

Thompson said they have also started distributing take-home seed planting kits to children while supplies last. With these free kits, she said, instructions will be provided on how to start your own mineral seed garden.

On Wednesday, Thompson said they were hosting a QR Code Trivia scavenger hunt. Along with the hunt, she said contestants will use their trivia skills to locate different QR codes throughout the library.

“Participating puts you in a raffle for a gift card for a downtown business such as G and D or Horizon Books,” Thompson said. “There are a couple to choose from.”

On Thursday, Thompson said they are having a craft event from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. With this event, she said people could come and craft with Perler beads and retractable dinks.

On Friday, Thompson said the library had its big taste of Oreo. Anytime between 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., she said the kids could stop and enjoy a bag full of Oreos.

“Kids will get a bag full of random Oreos and a sheet with all the flavors,” Thompson said. “And they’re going to try to match which are which.”

For the library’s latest spring break event, Thompson said they’re hosting a photo scavenger hunt, where kids will take pictures of different items around town and post them to social media using the hashtag #cwplspringbreak .

For students age 10 and under, many libraries hold story hour events. At the Cadillac library, Thompson said theirs was Thursday, March 31 at 11 a.m. At the Reed City District Library, their story hour will take place on Wednesday, March 30 at 11:30 a.m. According to the library’s website, this week’s theme is Flowers and Rain.

At the Missaukee Ardis District Library, Library Manager Laura Marion said the library is hosting its weekly read-aloud this Friday at 10:30 a.m.

With this week’s theme being colors, Marion said the day would consist of snacks, stories and activities for children.

“If older children come, we also have activities we can do with them,” Marion said. “So it’s definitely open to everyone.”

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Richard V. Johnson