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Keep the Kids Busy During April Break in Westport

It's that time again in Westport — April vacation. But if you and your family are staying put, don't worry about keeping the kids occupied. Here's a list of activities and programs happening around town next week.

• For children with a sense of adventure, Earthplace — Westport's nature discovery center — is offering outdoor- and nature-related activities led by naturalists from Tuesday through Thursday. Drop in with your child and enjoy a trail walk, participate in story time, explore ponds for wildlife, meet a critter or make crafts. Two activities are planned each day, one at 10 a.m. and one at 2:30 p.m. These activities are included with regular admission and are free for members. To see a schedule of activities, visit the Earthplace website .

Earthplace is also offering drop-off programs for younger children in pre-k through first-grade on Tuesday and Wednesday. From 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., children will be visited by one a live animal, go on a trail hike, participate in art and other hands-on activities and explore insects and flowers. These programs are led by educators and naturalists trained in first aid, CPR and epi-pens. The cost is $40 a day for members and $50 for nonmembers. Snacks are provided, and registration is required. For more information or to register, visit Earthplace online or contact Becky Newman at 203-227-7253, Ext. 107.

• For children who like to be on the move, the Westport Weston Family Y is offering special programs open to members and nonmembers. There's a Vacation Gymnastics program open to boys and girls ages 6 and up from noon to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Kids can learn and improve their gymnastics skills. Free swim is also included, but children must be able to swim without a floatation device. This program costs $40 a day or $165 for the whole week. Children must bring a snack, a drink and a bathing suit.

For younger children, there's the Adventure Gym open play program, which is offered every day except Tuesday from 9 to 11 a.m. This program is designed for children 6 months to 5 years and costs $10 a day. All children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver. For more information on either gymnastics or Adventure Gym, contact Sally Silverstein at 203-226-8981, Ext. 118, or by email .

Children from first through fifth grade can sign up for the Vacation Special Program, which runs from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and includes games, gym time, swimming, day trips, movies and snacks. The cost is $80 a day. Contact Latasha Dennison at 203-226-8981, Ext. 113, or by email for details.

• The Westport Historical Society is hosting a Creation-Station program Monday through Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. For children from kindergarten through fifth-grade, it focuses on hand-on activities and is led by local artist Elizabeth DeVoll. Each day, children will participate in activities, including cartooning, painting, sewing and sculpting. Snack and supplies are provided but participants should bring their own bag lunch. For members, the cost is $45 per day or $180 for the full program. Nonmembers pay $50 per day or $200 for the full program. Call 203-222-1424 to register.

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