Staycation ideas

A snowy egg hunt. (Provided photo — Diane Chase)

Though I love seeing other people’s holiday photos or having the opportunity to share my adventures, I also enjoy some quiet time where I can take advantage of local activities and events. There isn’t space for me to list everything, but I thought I’d list some reminders of things to do for that Staycation spring break.

The Paul Smith’s VIC has various events (518-327-6241), from “Late Night for the Planet” to “SAMfest.” Call to make sure trails are still open for skiing and snowshoeing. There are also plenty of free community trails. For art-related activities, check out Lake Placid Center for the Arts (518-523-2512), Saranac Lake’s BluSeed Studios (518-891-3799) and ADK ArtRise (adkartrise.com, 518-354-8089).

Storytime: Mondays at Tupper Lake Library (518-359-9421), Lake Placid Public Library (518-523-3200) on Fridays at 10:30 am, and Saranac Lake Public Library Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. (518-891-4190). Call each location for additional events, activities, free museum passes, and information for signing up for that free library card!

The Olympic Sites: Check out the Lake Placid Olympic Ski Jump Complex (518-302-5919) and Mt. Van Hoevenberg’s climbing wall (518-523-2811).

Indoor climbing walls: The Climbery at Lake Placid’s High Peaks Cyclery (518-523-3764), Willsboro’s The Crux (518-963-4646), Mt. Van Hoevenberg’s Climbing Center (518-523-2811).

Museums: The Lake Placid Olympic Museum (518-523-1655), Adirondack Carousel (518-891-9521), Saranac Lake Laboratory Museum (518-891-4606), and Charles Dickert Memorial Wildlife Museum (inside the Saranac Free Library).

Bowling centers: Tupper Lake’s Lakeview Lanes (518-359-2234), Saranac Lake’s Romano’s Saranac Lanes (518-891-8301), and Big Z’s Lake Placid Lanes (518-302-5245).

For anyone searching for easter egg hunts, here is a partial list:

— April 1 at noon: Erin’s Easter Egg Hunt, Tupper Lake LP Quinn Elementary School, free to all children up to fifth grade

— April 5 at 10 a.m.: Family Matters Easter Egg Hunt, Family Matters Resource Center, (bring a basket)

— April 8 at 11 a.m.: High Peaks Church Easter Egg Hunt, Saranac Lake

— April 9 at noon: Whiteface Easter Egg Hunt (weather and condition dependent) with two age groups (6 and under and 7 -12), plenty of eggs to find as well as a golden and silver egg prize.

There is even the upcoming Pink (full) Moon on April 5 if you need a reason to wander outside at night. Saranac Lake is hosting its First Friday event (April 7) with a downtown stroll. Maps are available at the Main Street Welcome Center. Remember to check out the other local brick-and-mortar shops and bookstores.

These events are an area sampling and can provide great entertainment for all ages. The weather may be anything from mud to ice during an Adirondack spring. Consider it part of the challenge. Keep exploring!


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