With school officials across the area dismissing classes next week for spring break, many parents may be wondering what to do with their children.

Officials with the Bernice Nature Center, Har-Ber Village and Grove Public Library may provide the answer.

Each facility will offer a slate of activities during the week of March 18 to 22. All designed to provide student with something to do during the week-long holiday.

For Amanda Wiley with the Bernice Nature Center at Grand Lake State Park-Bernice, the activities give her a chance to watch people of all ages learn something new about science.

This is the 11th year for her Spring Break OUT event.

"This event is like the 'Welcome Back Weekend' events you see hosted around the lake for me," Wiley said. "This event itself marks when I start seeing more visitors coming into the Nature Center to learn about what Grand Lake's ecosystem."

Wiley said she hopes she can "spark" a small love of science and nature in all of her visitors next week, regardless of age.

"I hope they take a way a desire to come back and see me so they can learn more fun science things," Wiley said. "After all as Baba Dium said, 'In the end we will conserve only what we love; we will love only what we understand; and we will understand only what we are taught,' Baba Dioum.

"I had someone spark that fire for me and look, it's still burning today."

This weekend, officials at Har-Ber Village Museum opens the facility for it's 51st year of operation.

The weekend schedule is set for 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Saturday to Monday, March 16 to 18.

The pioneer-era village comes complete with a Visitor Center, The Country Store gift shop, a Nature Trail, the Picnic Pavilion and an Event Tent.

The facility is designed to allow guests a chance to experience the area’s history and ecology as well as view collections of antiques and memorabilia.

The Café at Har-Ber Village will also open on March 16, and continue open the same days as the museum, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Executive Director Amelia Chamberlain said the facility's staff is continuing its focus on families, with activities for children including new hands-on stations for families with children to explore.

The spring break events include making a beaded gecko, creating an Ojo de Dios, and a pioneer hearth cooking activity in the living history cabin.

All activities are included with admission, which is $10 for adults, $7.50 for seniors, and $5 for children ages 6 to 13. Children under 6 and members are free.

Shelly Cook, youth librarian at the Grove Public Library, said an assortment of activities are planned for youth of all ages next week at the library.

The activities include a hula hoop making/hooping contest, a teen tech event with a 3-D pen, a movie (still being determined) and an art club.

All of the events are free. While there's no pre-registration, the activities are on a first-come, first-served basis.

Cook said students do not need a library card to participate. She said library staff will be on hand to help children get their library cards. w

"Hopefully the activities will get kids in the library and keep them reading while they are out of school," Cook said. "We're doing this to provide the kids fun stuff to do, and a place to go while they are out of school."

Bernice Nature Center 

Wednesday, March 20

10 a.m. - Bartholomew & the Oobleck

1 p.m. - Magic Mud & Could Dough

Thursday, March 21

10 a.m. - Art in the Kitchen

1 p.m. - Cooking on a Stick

Friday, March 22

10 a.m. - Slime-YAY!

1 p.m. - The Stink About Slime

Saturday, March 23

10 a.m. - Edible Spheres

1 p.m. - The Wild Eats!

The Bernice Nature Center is located at 54101 Highway 85A, Bernice. For more information, persons interested may contact Amanda Wiley, park naturalist, at 918-257-8330, email amanda.wiley@travelok.com or visit www.travelok.com.

Up to date information about the events will be posted on the center's Facebook page, which can be found by searching "Grand-Lake-State-Park-Bernice-Area."

Har-Ber Village

The spring break activities at Har-Ber Village are set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday, March 18, and Thursday, March 21 to Saturday, March 23 at the village. The activities are free with admission.

Monday, March 18

Hands-on Science activities and create a beaded gecko.

Thursday, March 21

Explore ecology and create an Ojo de Dîos.

Friday, March 22

Celebrate National Water Day by exploring water cycles and making wooden peace signs.

Saturday, March 23

Explore the living history cabin and hearth cooking with Tim and Ruth Field, along with hands-on activities from the Grand Lake Audubon Society members in the Nature Activity Room.

Har-Ber Village Museum hours are 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Thursday to Monday. Admission is $10 (ages 14 to 62), $7.50 (seniors 62 and above), $5 (ages 6 to 13), and free for children under 6 years and Har-Ber Village Museum members.

Har-Ber Village is located at 4404 West 20th St., in Grove. For more information persons interested may call 918-786-6446 or visit har-bervillage.com.

Grove Public Library

Monday, March 18

DIY Hulu Hoops & Hooping Contest for students will take place at 1 p.m., Monday, March 18.

Tuesday, March 19

A Teen Tech gathering will take place at 1 p.m., Tuesday, March 19. During the event teens will create “cool stuff” using a 3-D pen.

Wednesday, March 20

Kids’ movie at the Library at 1 p.m., Wednesday, March 20. It's free and includes popcorn.

Thursday, March 21

An art club for children 6 to 11, will take place at 4 p.m., Thursday, March 21.

The library is located at 1140 NEO Loop, Grove. For more information, persons interested may call 918-786-2945.