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Spring is finally here, bringing longer days, warmer temps, and yes, the much less desirable, return to backyard worm-digging with your children.  No matter how much you try to sway them, all your little ones want to do is dig for bugs and critters and hike through the forest.

Not exactly your version of “spring fever”?  Here are some pretty clean activities that can keep your kids’ desires to be the next Steve Irwin in check over the next few weeks:

The Lizards and Snakes Alive and Silk Road exhibits at the Museum of Natural History
Two great exhibits at one of the best museums around.

Lizards and Snakes: Come face to face with more than 60 different species of lizards and snakes- great for ages 3 and up.

The Silk Road:  take a journey along the greatest trading route in history.  Armed with a passport that you can “stamp” in each city you visit, you will witness live silkworms, their cocoons and the silk creation process.  Ages 8 and up.

American Museum of Natural History
Purchase tickets on the web before you go!

Stream Invertebrates at the Flat Rock Brook Nature Center
Join Martin “Butch” Rosenfeld as he identifies and interprets the hidden lives of invertebrates living in our streams. Their interesting life cycles largely go unnoticed, but are now used to monitor the water quality in our reservoirs. This is an opportunity to hike the trails of Greenbrook Sanctuary.

Sunday, March 28, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Registration required at 201 768-1360 Dress for wet conditions.
Flat Rock Brook Nature Center
443 Van Nostrand Avenue, Englewood

Fossil and Mineral Camp at the Ridgewood Stable
“See and touch” a large-scale museum-quality exhibit of cool dinosaur and fossil specimens.  Take home real specimens with hands-on activities:  break open crystal-filled geodes, pan for genuine gemstones like real emerald and rubies and excavate real fossils like dinosaur bone and shark teeth. For Grades: K-5

Friday, April 9th, 9am-12noon   $70
The Stable, 259 N. Maple Ave., Ridgewood, NJ 07450
Register in person, by mail or online at

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