Spring break is the time where kids put down the books and pick up the sunscreen.
Families go on vacation and travel, while others choose to stay in their hometown. Families that stay at home face the problem of keeping their kids entertained.
The East Lansing Public Library has helped families in need of spring break plans by conducting different family-oriented events for the area.
“I’ve done this every year that I’ve been here and this is my third spring break,” said librarian Eva Weihl.
For the week, the library hosts different events including movie nights, arts & crafts and games and puzzles. All events take place from 1-3 p.m. to work with parents and their schedules.
“The more we can offer families, the more choice they have, the better chances they’re going to find something that works well for them,” said Weihl.
Anna Montgomery said the library program s is an opportunity to spend time with her children that she usually doesn’t have because of school.
Montgomery said there could be more local events since all the schools are on spring break.
“It doesn’t have to be stuff where it’s unsupervised, like where we can just send our kids away and we don’t have to go, we’re fine if we’re accompanying them,” Montgomery said. “Otherwise we’re just sitting at home.”
Weihl said that East Lansing does a good job of having events, but still thinks there is always room for more.
“I think all-year round having something that’s going to be safe, fun, free and sometimes educational for families is what really makes a community strong and valuable,” Weihl said.