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Patch Picks: Birmingham's Best Staycations

From birding at the Cranbrook Institute of Science to gallery hopping around town, there's plenty to do this spring break when you don't feel like going out of town.

Spring break begins next week, and while many Birmingham families will be packing the car for a quick vacation, sometimes a "staycation" is the best way to spend time with the family or your significant other while also saving money.

Unwind at The Townsend Hotel

One of Metro Detroit's premier hotels is right in our backyard, but you don't have to be a celebrity to enjoy the luxury accommodations and services. The Townsend has a variety of packages available, including a seasonal shopping and bed-and-breakfast package.

Gallery hop across town

Scattered through Birmingham's downtown and residential streets are more than half a dozen art galleries. So why go all the way to New York? Some of the area's best artists are represented at the , and galleries. Stop by the to complete your gallery-hopping experience.

Take the family to the Detroit Zoo

You don't have to go far to enjoy the wildlife at the . Located down Woodward in Royal Oak, the Detroit Zoo has a whole host of events and exhibits planned for the spring and summer.

Go birding at the Cranbrook Institute of Science

Celebrate spring break at the Cranbrook Institute of Science from 1-4 p.m. Monday-April 8. The institute will introduce beginning birders to special daily indoor activities, including learning about bird and beak adaptations, identifying birds using a field guide, binocular instruction and crafts. Special programs include live raptor shows in the auditorium Wednesday and a guided bird walk April 7.

Hit the links in Birmingham and across Oakland County

It may still be a bit chilly, but the golf course is open, as are all five Oakland County Parks and Recreation golf courses. Call ahead for a tee time and for a list of rates.

Matt @ Baldwin Library April 01, 2011 at 02:42 PM
Several family programs are scheduled for spring break at the Baldwin Public Library! Spring Into Science! Tuesday, April 5 at 10:30 a.m. Families and children ages 3 to 8. Register at http://host.evanced.info/baldwin/evanced/eventsignup.asp?ID=10349. Cranbrook educators and scientists Liz and Dexter Snyder make Spring come alive for children and their grown-ups. Poetry Improv Workshop with the Barefootpoet Wednesday, April 6 at 2:30 p.m. Grades 3 and up. Register http://host.evanced.info/baldwin/evanced/eventsignup.asp?ID=10350. Come celebrate National Poetry Month by participating in a poetry improv workshop with local poet Lauren Chiasson. Lauren has trained with Second City and will coach participants to create a poem on the spot and have fun in the process. Michigan Opera Theatre presents The Pied Piper of Hamlin Thursday, April 7 at 3 p.m. Register at http://host.evanced.info/baldwin/evanced/eventsignup.asp?ID=10351. Enjoy a unique musical experience as members of the Michigan Opera Theatre perform a delightful adaptation of this classic tale. All ages. Great family experience! http://www.baldwinlib.org/assets/Uploads/SPRING-BREAK-2011.gif for more information!

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