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Activities ease spring break boredom

Published: Tuesday, April 2, 2013 12:32 p.m. CDT
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Cael Paullin, 7, left, and his sister Rachael Paullin, 5, both of South Elgin, listen to museum director Molly Trickey discuss Jade, the Chinese water dragon, at the Midwest Museum of Natural History in Sycamore, Ill. on Tuesday, March 26, 2013.
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Kathy Heffley of Cortland, left, helps her grandson Peyton Heffley, 6, of Sycamore braid a parachute cord bracelet during the fourth annual Bead-a-Thon at Sweet Earth Jewelry and Gifts in Sycamore, Ill. on Thursday, March 28, 2013.
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Whitney Holderness, volleyball coordinator at Kishwaukee Family YMCA, left, teaches Zoey Juarez, 7, of DeKalb how to serve a volleyball during a spring break volleyball clinic in DeKalb, Ill. on Thursday, March 26, 2013.
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Reagan Vander Bleek, 8, of DeKalb, reads "Animorphs" at DeKalb Public Library on Wednesday, March 27, 2013. "I like reading the White Giraffe series," the Lincoln Elementary student said. "I like to read a lot."

A number of businesses, libraries, and community organizations planned activities to keep area children busy during their spring breaks last week.

Victoria Rusin of Genoa took her stepson Will Gates, 10, to the Genoa Public Library to see the movie “Wreck-It Ralph” on Monday, March 25.

“We saw it on Facebook and came down,” Rusin said. Even on the first day of spring break, Will was looking for things to do.

“Just because I didn’t have anything to do and I decided to come here,” he said about his decision to attend the movie.

Students in the DeKalb, Sycamore and Genoa-Kingston school districts who had their spring breaks last week seemed anxious to find things do do, especially given the dreary weather that started the week.

Laura Heffley of Sycamore took her children, Peyton, 6, and Grace, 4, to Sweet Earth Jewelry and Gifts on Thursday so they could make parachute cord bracelets as part of the store’s fourth annual spring break “Bead-a-Thon.” Heffley also took her mother, Kathy Heffley of Cortland.

“Grandma wanted to do something special with you, didn’t she?” Kathy Heffley asked her grandchildren.

Many area libraries had activities during the day to entertain children. The Midwest Museum of Natural History in Sycamore had a craft activity and live animal visit each day, and the Kishwaukee Family YMCA held several sports camps, as well as its full-day “No School, No Problem” series of games, crafts, and sports.

“We want to keep kids active and moving, and we want to teach them new skills,” said Heather Eade, marketing and communications director at the Y. “Of course, we also want them to have fun.”

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