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The Savanna Wetlands is just one area to explore at Gabis Arboretum.

Is it just me or does this seem like it has been the longest winter ever? Life is still far from what we knew before “coronavirus” became a normal part of our vocabulary. Even if your kids are doing in-person school full time and are back to doing some school sports, chances are they’re still spending a bit more time at home than they did in the days before COVID-19. So some time out of the house is in order, whether that means a day in the great outdoors or some time inside being crafty and creative.

Maple Syrup Time at Deep River

SATURDAY, MARCH 13 and 20 and SUNDAY, MARCH 24 and 21, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Deep River County Park, 9410 Old Lincoln Highway, Hobart. 219.947.1958. lakecountyparks.com. Maple syrup time is coming! Maple syrup can only be produced in certain parts of the U.S. and Canada and we happen to be in one of those prime locations. Learn about tree tapping and how the sap is turned into pure maple syrup fit for the breakfast table.

Pokémon Painting Class

SATURDAY, MARCH 27, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Schererville Community Center, 500 E. Joliet St., Schererville. 219.865.5530. schererville.org. Got a kid who loves catching Pokémon? Register them for this all-ages class where they can choose to paint either Gengar or Pikachu. Cost is $30 for residents and $36 for non-residents.

Challenger Learning Center Planetarium Program

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 31, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Challenger Learning Center at Purdue University Northwest, 2300 173rd St., Hammond. 219.989.3250. clcnwi.com. This Spring Break Pop Up will feature a planetarium show geared toward school-aged children. This program is $10 per person and includes a “Guide to the Sky” discussion, “Earth, Moon and Sun” movie and a spring star-gazing film.

The Art of Comic Book Storytelling

ONGOING, Starts MARCH 24, 4:30 p.m. Lubeznik Center for the Arts, 101 W. Second St., Michigan City. 219.974.4900. lubeznickcenter.org. The Lubeznik Center for the Arts invites young artists to create easy-to-follow and visually striking stories in this weekly class with Eric Edson. Other spring art classes also are beginning for youths — including Painting for Young Artists and Art Journaling.

Gabis Arboretum at Purdue Northwest

ONGOING, open daily 8 a.m.-4 p.m. with admission free during March. Gabis Arboretum at Purdue Northwest, 450 W. 100 North, Valparaiso. 219.462.0025, www.pnw.edu/gabis-arboretum. Take a stroll through the 300-acre site of formal gardens and woodlands with the family pooch (it’s dog-friendly). Enjoy the mild spring weather and set out to spend a little time outside — take a notebook and record how many species of wildlife and plant life you come across.

Bring on

spring and sunshine

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