AprilfunBy Alicia Dziak

Happy spring break! This school break is the perfect opportunity to explore all the wonderful hidden or not-so- hidden gems in the Enchanted Mountains.

Head to Allegany State Park and enjoy miles of hiking and biking trails. Grab a tasty Friday night Fish Fry at the Park Restaurant, stroll around the lake or check out some easy-to- get-to destinations, such as the Stone Tower or the Fire Tower. Better yet, go to www.reserveamerica.com and reserve one of the hundreds of cabins and cottages for a couple nights and make it a mini-getaway.

If you need another excuse to visit the park, celebrate Earth Day/Arbor Day at Allegany State Park April 15. This family-friendly event takes place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Red House Administration building and includes a treasure hike, kids’ activities and more. For more information, contact the Environmental Education/Recreation Department at (716) 354-9101 ext. 236 or check out the Allegany State Park Facebook page.

Easter will be here soon, which means lots of fun activities to be had. Check out the article below to see everything planned in the area.

Why not take this break to give back? Organize a food or clothing drive. Pick up trash at a local park. Clear brush at a nature preserve. Make Easter decorations for a nursing home. There are so many ways to help out and even small children can get involved. Do some research to find something that interests you or visit www.volunteermatch.com for some ideas.

The Banff Mountain Film Festival is the most prestigious mountain festival in the world. Right after the festival, held every fall in Banff, Alberta, the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour starts to travel the globe with stops in about 450 communities and 40 countries. Join the Roger Tory Peterson Institute when the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour brings the spirit of outdoor adventure to Jamestown, at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts on Wednesday, April 12 at 7 p.m. For tickets and information contact the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts at (716) 484-7070 or www.reglenna.com. This stop on the World Tour is hosted by the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History and sponsored by Jamestown Up Close.

On April 8, head to the Hamburg Fairgrounds for Kidabaloo, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 2 to 5 p.m.

Kidabaloo is a great Family outing with all kinds of games & activities for the kids! Come see your favorite super heroes, princesses, cartoon and storybook characters, live shows, crafts, face painting, balloon animals, bounce houses and more! Bounce through a castle, join a hula hoop contest, take a goofy photo with a clown, and leave with a smile and a prize or two! For more info, visit www.the-fairgrounds.com.

No matter the weather outside, it always feels like spring inside at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens. Don’t miss a WNY’s favorite Easter tradition—the Spring Flower Exhibit, now through April 23. This year’s exhibit will be dripping with color. Included with the exhibit is the 4-H Farm that will host baby bunnies, chicks, pigs, ducks and much more.

Spring break is a perfect time to rediscover everything there is to see in Ellicottville. Score some end- of-season deals at the Village shops, grab a bite at one of the many restaurants, get in some bowling or just get outside on foot or on bike and enjoy the natural beauty of the state forest and area trails.

Spring break means time to get some fresh air and spend time with family and friends. Enjoy some time off and fall in love with Ellicottville all over again!