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3. Visit Greenburgh Nature Center: Whether you head to this Scarsdale destination to celebrate Earth Day, feed the animals, play on the Nature's Discovery Playground or watch a puppet show, there’s always something fun happening at Greenburgh Nature Center, a 33-acre nature preserve open daily from dawn to dusk. >>See Greenburgh Nature Center’s events calendar

21 things to do this spring in the Hudson Valley

We're all ready for spring, the season where flowers bloom, the sun shines and the winter chill finally lets up. Although spring officially lasts from March 20 until June 21, we think of the season as running until Memorial Day, so here are 21 things you can do in the Hudson Valley until then.

1. Play at Legoland: A brand-new, 32,300-square-foot Legoland
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1. Play at Legoland: A brand-new, 32,300-square-foot Legoland Discovery Center opened in Westchester's Ridge Hill in Yonkers on March 27, the first Legoland operation in New York State and the fifth to open nationwide since 2008. The indoor amusement park features two rides, a miniature city, a 4-D theater and a play zone that's buzzing with Lego-themed activities. Mark Gidney, 8, of White Plains, is pictured looking at a scene from Miniland. >>Read more on the new Legoland Discovery Center

2. Watch flowers bloom at an area garden:
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2. Watch flowers bloom at an area garden: As the weather warms, area gardens are starting to reopen for visitors to enjoy the spring blooms. Stonecrop Gardens in Cold Spring (pictured), which served as a private garden for Anne and Frank Cabot until 1992, includes 12 acres of display gardens overlooking the Hudson Highands. The gardens at Katonah's Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, which are open year-round, are another another option. >>See photos from Caramoor

3. Visit Greenburgh Nature Center: Whether you head
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3. Visit Greenburgh Nature Center: Whether you head to this Scarsdale destination to celebrate Earth Day, feed the animals, play on the Nature's Discovery Playground or watch a puppet show, there’s always something fun happening at Greenburgh Nature Center, a 33-acre nature preserve open daily from dawn to dusk. >>See Greenburgh Nature Center’s events calendar

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4. Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at a Mexican
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4. Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at a Mexican eatery: Cinco de Mayo is smack in the middle of spring, when al fresco dining is possible and preferred by many. But you don't need an occasion (or even warm weather) to have a margarita and some chips and guac, do you? Whether you try the two-bite soft tacos and a rosita at bartaco in Port Chester (pictured) or opt for quesadillas with a side of live music at Casa del Sol in Nyack, you can't go wrong. >>Find our picks for Mexican restaurants

5. Treat the kids to a simulated space
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5. Treat the kids to a simulated space mission: Have an aspiring astronaut? The Town of Ramapo Challenger Learning Center in Airmont offers planetarium programs and simulated space missions on the second and third Sunday of every month, respectively. These hands-on experiences are just $10 for adults and kids ages 9 and up, and $5 for children under 9 (with a ticketed adult). Paige Gilhooly, 11, of Suffern, is pictured working with educator Jasmine Winbush at the center. >>See photos from a recent school trip to the Challenger Learning Center

6. Go for that beach body before summer
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6. Go for that beach body before summer hits: You still have a couple of months left to slim down and tone up before swimsuit season. Luckily, there are a variety of trendy fitness classes offered throughout the region, including zumba at Z8 Fitness in White Plains and spinning at SoulCycle in Scarsdale. A Manhattan SoulCycle class is pictured. >>Find more area fitness classes

7. Spend some time with musical royalty: Queen
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7. Spend some time with musical royalty: Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin plays the Westchester County Center in White Plains on March 27 and B.B. King, pictured, plays The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester on April 11. They're just two of the top dozen acts headlining area venues this spring. >>Find the full list of must-see shows

8. Play some disk golf: A cross between
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8. Play some disk golf: A cross between Frisbee and golf, disk golf can be played at courses at Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park in Yorktown Heights, Leonard Park in Mount Kisco, the University Settlement Camp in Beacon (called Beacon Glades) and the Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz, among other locations. The courses are generally 18 holes, and all you need to play is the disk and a scorecard. >>See photos from a recent disk golf tournament

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9. Have some
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9. Have some "Mad Men"-inspired fun locally: AMC's "Mad Men" returns for season six April 7. If you want to have some "Mad Men"-inspired fun in the region, we know where to go. Think classic cocktails, like those served at Stissing House in Pine Plains (a bourbon smash is pictured), and a cool, retro vibe, like what you might find at Boitson's in Kingston. >>Find more places to live like a "Mad Men" character

10. Root for a local baseball team: The
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10. Root for a local baseball team: The Rockland Boulders kick off their third season of minor-league play at Pomona's Provident Bank Park on Thursday, May 16. There a lots of activities for the little ones, who can often run the bases after the games, pal around with team mascot Boulder Bird and run wild through BoulderBerg, an outdoor playground complete with slides, swings, climbing walls and a jungle gym. The summer concert series includes Darius Rucker (July 12), The Beach Boys, 14) and Charlie Daniels band (Aug. 28). >See the Rockland Boulders' schedule

11. Let kids explore their senses at WeeZee:
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11. Let kids explore their senses at WeeZee: On rainy days or those best spent indoors, WeeZee, a health club and sensory playground in Chappaqua, will keep kids ages 12 months to 12 years engaged and entertained. As the little ones experience a jittering train in the vibration station or sniff yummy scents such as vanilla and cinnamon in an oxygen bar, parents can relax in the Zen Den, which has massage chairs and iPads at the ready. >>Find more indoor places for kids to play

12. Linger over a glass of wine or
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12. Linger over a glass of wine or whiskey: The small-plates craze in the Hudson Valley has spawned another form of recreational grazing: wine bars. You can indulge in a flight of wines from the extensive list at the year-old Crush Wine Bar in Larchmont, sample one of about 120 types of whiskey offered at the recently opened Bar'Lees in Mamaroneck, enjoy a glass of Prosecco on the charming Victorian porch at Pour in Mount Kisco or sip an international glass of white or red at the Gnarly Vine in New Rochelle (pictured). >>Find more area wine bars

13. Cheer for a local roller derby team:
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13. Cheer for a local roller derby team: Westchester's Suburbia Roller Derby League is made up of about 60 local women who face off regularly against other regional teams in full-contact matches. "There's more to suburbia than white picket fences and housewives," said Aileen Walsh, a 34-year-old player from Stony Point. Want to see for yourself? They meet for bouts regularly in Yonkers. >>Read more (and watch a video) on the Suburbia Roller Derby League

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14. Commemorate Levon Helm at a Midnight Ramble:
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14. Commemorate Levon Helm at a Midnight Ramble: Although Levon Helm, the renowned drummer of The Band, died on April 19, 2012, the regular Midnight Ramble concerts continue at his Woodstock barn. What better way to remember the music legend than by attending one of the historic hoedowns? They generally take place once a month. >>Read more on the Midnight Rambles

15. Nosh on ribs, brisket and more barbecue:
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15. Nosh on ribs, brisket and more barbecue: Barbecue lovers are like those obsessed with golf: They are passionate, opinionated, optimistic and will do anything to satisfy their cravings. And in the Hudson Valley, such connoisseurs have quite a few options for the good stuff, although they may need to travel a bit to get their fix. From Big W's in Wingdale to Max's Memphis in Red Hook to Q Restaurant in Port Chester (pictured), we've got picks for barbecue nirvana. >>Find 5 picks for local barbecue

16. Hone your culinary prowess at a cooking
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16. Hone your culinary prowess at a cooking class: Whether you want to perfect your paella or master knife skills and other basics, places from kitchen supply stores to Italian eateries are offering cooking classes geared toward all skill levels in Westchester, Rockland and the Hudson Valley. >>Find more on area cooking classes

17. Join a film club: If your interest
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17. Join a film club: If your interest in cinema goes beyond box-office blockbusters and Oscar-nominated movies, you're the perfect candidate to join a film club. Luckily for you, there are a number in the Hudson Valley, including Talk Cinema in Purchase (pictured) and Friday Night Films, a teen-centric club at the Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville. >>Find more on local film clubs

18. Treat mom to a Mother's Day brunch:
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18. Treat mom to a Mother's Day brunch: Whether you consider Mother's Day (Sunday, May 12) a fuzzy occasion for gratitude and family bonding or a crass commercial ritual perpetrated by Hallmark Cards and the flower industry, it's a great excuse for dining out. Top area restaurants like Crabtree's Kittle House in Chappaqua (pictured) and The Tavern at Beekman Arms in Rhinebeck often offer a special brunch that day, so reserve early and treat your mom to a meal she won't forget. >>Find more area restaurants

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19. Start summer movie season early: The summer
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19. Start summer movie season early: The summer movie season kicks off early this year, with the highly anticipated "Iron Man 3" opening in theaters nationwide May 3. Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow return, and the movie also features a local connection: James Badge Dale, who attended Manhattanville College in Purchase, is an addition to the all-star cast. >>Watch the "Iron Man 3" trailer

20. Visit the Neuberger Museum of Art: Located
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20. Visit the Neuberger Museum of Art: Located on Purchase College's campus, the Neuberger Museum of Art is reopening April 28 after a $11 million renovation. Featuring more than 6,000 works of fine art, the museum is the nation's 10th-largest university-based art institution and is worth a visit, if not for the new exhibition it will open with, "Pre-Columbian Remix," then for one of the many events scheduled in the upcoming year. Paola Morsiani, the director of the museum, is pictured. >>Read more on the Neuberger Museum’s makeover

21. Eat a cupcake (or a dozen): Now
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21. Eat a cupcake (or a dozen): Now in its fifth year, the Gardiner Cupcake Festival is returning to Ulster County on Saturday, May 18, with a cupcake competition, a cupcake-eating contest, the inaugural Cupcake Classic 5-kilometer run and thousands of sweet treats on sale for all to enjoy. Past vendors included Deising's Bakery in Kingston; Moxie Cupcake in New Paltz; and Peace, Love and Cupcakes in Woodstock (pictured). Yum. >>Read more on last year's Cupcake Festival

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