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Have fun in town during spring break

I remember spending one spring break watching a video (on VHS!) of "High School U.S.A." so many times that my sister and I memorized nearly every line in the movie. Each night, my poor parents were forced to watch their daughters "perform" various scenes from the Michael J. Fox and Nancy McKeon flick.

Save your kids -- and yourself -- this fate and check out some of these spring break activities.

Columbus Museum

Today from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. the museum hosts a free Rockin' Spring Break Bash. Expect art stations, games, door prizes, story time, performances by the Morningside Musicians and a movie.

Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. Holly Stevenson shares the world of Beatrix Potter in "Over the Garden Wall." Kids will explore the whimsical world of Hunca Munca Mouse, Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddle-Duck and Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle. The free program mixes biographical facts with excerpts from Potter's tales, told with puppets, songs and mischief. Kids can create a take-home art project after the show.

Thursday from 2 to 4 p.m., kids in kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to make decoupage boxes. This one's free, too.

Phone: 706-748-2562.

Watch IMAX films

The IMAX theater at Patriot Park, National Infantry Museum hosts the Spring Fling film series next week. Screenings are free, and promise to be better than "High School U.S.A." Tuesday's films are "How To Train Your Dragon" at 9:15 a.m. and "Howl's Moving Castle" at 11:15 a.m.

On Wednesday, "Despicable Me" screens at 9:15 a.m. and "Howl's Moving Castle is at 11:15 a.m.

Thursday's films are "James and the Giant Peach" at 9:15 a.m. and "The NeverEnding Story" at 11:15 a.m.

Phone: 706-685-5800.

Ice skating

The Columbus Ice Rink has extended public skating hours during spring break. Times are 1-7 p.m. Monday, 1:30-7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday and 4-9 p.m. Friday-April 8. Cost is $7, $5 for children 10 and younger; $3 skate rentals.

Phone: 706-225-4500.

Week-long camp

Columbus State University's Spring Break Activ8 Camp has a session for kids ages 4-7 and another for ages 8-12. Fun enrichment programs will be held from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday. Cost is $159. Camp is at Elizabeth Bradley Turner Center for Continuing Education.

Phone: 706-507-8070.

Dawn Minty can be reached at 706-571-8512 and

Save the date

"Hell and Back Again:" Columbus premiere for the 2012 Academy Award nominee for Best Feature Documentary. 7 p.m. April 5. Columbus Public Library, 3000 Macon Road. Free. A post-film panel discussion will feature staff from the Pastoral Institute. Photojournalist and filmmaker Danfung Dennis follows Marine Sergeant Nathan Harris from the battlefields of Afghanistan to his home in North Carolina. Harris was severely injured in Afghanistan in 2009. The film provides a glimpse into Harris's life in the aftermath of his military service and the physical and emotional challenges he faces as his injuries heal. Moving back and forth between scenes of Harris's current life and dramatic footage of his company's activities in Afghanistan, the film reveals a dedicated Marine who must come to grips with major changes in his life. and 706-243-2669. The film is Not Rated. It does contain very intense scenes of combat footage which may be upsetting to some.