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Balance your childrens screen time with some out-and-about adventures

The first day of spring is just a week away. That means Oregon’s Spring Break can’t be far behind.

Although we can’t make any promises about the weather, plenty of available activities — indoor and outdoor — promise to make March 25-29 an adventure.

Here are a few ideas to get the kids off the couch and out and about:

• Passport to the Past

Washington County Museum offers a week of hands-on activities for children 8-12 to learn about Washington County’s history, including the Native Americans, mountain men and pioneers who called this place home. Daily from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., March 25-29 at the museum, 120 E. Main St., Hillsboro. Cost is $5 per child per session or $20 for the week. Parents must accompany their children. washingtoncountymuseum.org

• “Survivor” Musical Theater Camp

Journey Theater Arts Group asks children ages 6-12 to “outwit, outlast and outplay” cast mates in this musical variation of the hit reality TV show. The camp challenges students with singing, dancing, acting and friendly team competitions. March 25-28, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at St. Andrew Lutheran Church, 12405 S.W. Butner Road, Beaverton. Cost is $165 per camper; $125 for first time campers. journeytheater.org

• Take a dip

The Forest Grove Aquatic Center will add an extra open swim session from 1-3 p.m. each day of Spring Break, March 25-29. Make a splash during Spring Break at the midday swim or at regular open swim times, 7:30-8:45 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 2-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and Family Swim from 7:30-8:45 p.m. Thursday. The center is closed on Easter, March 31. forestgrove-or.gov

• Be dramatic

STAGES Performing Arts Youth Academy offers “Take the Stage!” Spring Break Camp for children ages 6-12. The camp encourages children to build acting skills, as well as have fun with dance and creative movement, improvisation and games. March 25-28, Element Dance Studio, 2950 S.W. Cornelius Pass Road, Hillsboro. Cost is $100. stagesyouth.org

• MAD Science

Get a mini course on outer space during a three-day mini-camp. Build a rocket, learn about flight and learn how astronauts live. You’ll be a rocket scientist in no time. 9 a.m. to noon, March 26-28 at the River House at Rood Bridge Park. To dive deeper into science, learn about the building blocks of science, from atoms and molecules to electricity and light. 1-4 p.m., March 26-28. For more information or to register, call Hillsboro Parks and Recreation at 503-681-5397.


• Get a little wild

Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge offers free Spring Break Exploration Days March 26-29 from 1-3 p.m. Hands-on nature activities and crafts for all ages, with a different theme each day. One of only a handful of urban nation wildlife refuges in the country, the refuge is home to 200 bird, 50 mammal and 25 reptile and amphibian species. The main entrance is located at 19255 S.W. Pacific Hwy. in Sherwood. No pre-registration is required. Call 503-625-5944 for information.


• Nature parks abound closer to home. Take the time to find your favorite. Count birds at Fernhill Wetlands in Forest Grove or listen for frogs at Jackson Bottom Wetlands in Hillsboro. Stroll through the trees at Noble Woods or check for rhododendrons ready to bloom at Rood Bridge Park in Hillsboro.

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