It's school-break time again. Distract the little ones with several events going on next week to keep both kids and adults happy. Start off by heading out to Batavia for the Cool Kids Eco Fest, a fun and educational Earth Day event that aims to increase awareness of environmental issues. More than 40 booths will offer a look at exotic wildlife, fun activities, and opportunities to recycle unusual items. This year, Habitat for Humanity is calling for non-fabric, wood, or metal furniture including desks, tables, and dressers. Trailside Bikes of Orleans County will also be collecting old bikes and reusable bike parts. The Eco Fest takes place on Saturday, April 12, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Genesee Community College (1 College Road, Batavia). Admission is free. For more information, visit generationcool.biz or search "Cool Kids!" on Facebook.
Beginning Saturday, April 12 the Rochester Museum & Science Center (657 East Ave.) will present "Get Hands-on with Going Green," which introduces kids to fun and easy ways they can get involved in making our world a safer and greener place. The program will run until Saturday, April 19, and will focus on a different topic each day, including learning about green infrastructure and how to help maintain healthy water sources. The program will run noon-4 p.m. each day and is free with regular museum admission ($11 for children 3-18 and $13 for adults). For more information, visit rmsc.org.
Enjoy a trip down memory lane with animation sketches and movie cels from Disney classics including "Cinderella," "Beauty and the Beast," and "Fantasia" at the National Museum of Play (1 Manhattan Square) for its Animation School-Break Week. The event will allow you to make your own thaumatrope and test your knowledge of favorite cartoons. And make sure to stop by for the "Animation" exhibit, where families can explore the science behind the art of moving pictures. The exhibit runs through Sunday, April 27. Admission to the event is free with museum admission of $13.50 for ages 2 and up, and free for ages under 2 and members. The event will run during normal museum hours, Monday-Thursday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday-Saturday 10 a.m.-8 p.m., and Sunday noon-5 p.m. For more information, visit museumofplay.org or call 263-2700.