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Plenty for kids to do during winter break

Plenty for kids to do during winter break

There are two words that should not be heard during this year’s winter break: “I’m bored.”

There are two words that should not be heard during this year’s winter break:

“I’m bored.”

From a President’s Day party to snowshoeing adventures, area organizations have scheduled activities that should keep kids entertained all week long.

“Winter is a great time to get outdoors,” said Margo Bloom Olson, executive director of the Wilton Wildlife Preserve and Park. “The trees don’t have leaves on them, so you can see the birds and other animals moving around more easily, and you can see animal tracks in the snow.”

The preserve has planned daily winter break activities ranging from an early evening owl “hunt” to an animal tracking snowshoe hike.

Attending special events can be a great way to break up the week, said Ann Cocca, librarian assistant and public relations specialist for the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library.

“Parents are always looking for new things for their kids to do, and what better way to do that than to come to the library?” she said.

Activities for all ages will take place at the library this week, including a Scrabble Night and a snowflake-making workshop.

Here’s a listing of upcoming winter break activities and events:

MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY

WHAT: Indoor butterfly house

WHERE: miSci, 15 Nott Terrace Heights, Schenectady

WHEN: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

COST: Free with museum admission

Discover hundreds of brilliantly colored native butterflies at miSci’s new indoor butterfly house.

WHAT: Science Zone activities and challenges; nanotechnology demos; planetarium shows

WHERE: miSci, 15 Nott Terrace Heights, Schenectady

WHEN: Science Zone, noon to 3 p.m.; nanotech, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., planetarium show, 11 a.m., noon and 1 , 2 and 3 p.m.

COST: Activities, demos and exhibits free with admission; planetarium shows, $5 extra

WHAT: Downhill skiing and lessons

WHERE: Maple Ski Ridge, 2725 Mariaville Road, Rotterdam

WHEN: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Call 381-4700 for pricing and details.

TODAY

WHAT: President’s Day Party

WHERE: The Children’s Museum at Saratoga, 69 Caroline St., Saratoga Springs

WHEN: 10:30 a.m. to noon

COST: Free for members, $2 for non-members

AGES: Four and up

Drop in at any time to make President’s Day crafts, learn facts about the founding fathers and enjoy a patriotic snack. Come dressed in red, white and blue.

WHAT: Animal Tracking Snowshoe Hike

WHERE: Saratoga Springs Public Library, Susman Room, 49 Henry St., Saratoga Springs; and Congress Park

WHEN: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

AGES: 5 to 12, with an adult

Meet in the Crawshaw Story Room to receive footprint identification cards and loaner snowshoes, then walk to Congress Park to hunt for animal tracks in the snow or mud, then head back inside for footprint-related fun. Limited to 20 families or when the loaners run out. Bring snowshoes if you have them. Register by calling 584-7860, option 3.

WHAT: From Fashion to Film

WHERE: Creative Connections Arts Center, 305 E. Main St., Amsterdam

WHEN: 2 to 9 p.m.; call 841-4311 for schedule of events

AGES: 5 and up, with an adult

COST: $5 for individuals, $10 for families

Event will feature costume design, special effects makeup and a discussion with a film director.

WHAT: Nature photography event

WHERE: Albany Pine Bush Nature Preserve Discovery Center, 195 New Karner Road, Albany

WHEN: 1 to 3 p.m. Arrive at least 5 to 10 minutes before the start of the program to purchase tickets

COST: $3 per person, $5 per/family, children under 5 free.

Bring your digital camera to capture the uniqueness of the pine barrens, on a 21⁄2 mile hike. Pre-registration is required online or by calling 456-0655. Groups with eight or more people, call for special accommodations.

TUESDAY

WHAT: Cartooning and Comics Art with Nick

WHERE: Saratoga Springs Public Library, Glasby Room, 49 Henry St., Saratoga Springs

WHEN: 3:30 to 5 p.m.

AGES: Kids in grades 6-12

Local artist and illustrator Nick Biales will demonstrate tips and techniques to improve cartooning and comic art work. Registration is required by calling 584-7860, ext. 239.

WHAT: Tuesdays for Tots: Musical Instruments

WHERE: The Children’s Museum at Saratoga, 69 Caroline St., Saratoga Springs

WHEN: 10 a.m. to noon; 1 to 3 p.m. (Drop in program)

AGES: Preschoolers

COST: Free with museum admission

WHAT: Art Tells a Story

WHERE: The Wonder Room, 896 Saratoga Road, Ballston Lake

WHEN: 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

AGES: 5-10

COST: $10 for non-members, $8 for members

Participants will create an 8x10 canvas collage. Register by emailing thewonderroomny@gmail.com.

WHAT: We Hope You Dance

WHERE: Creative Connections Arts Center, 305 E. Main St., Amsterdam

WHEN: 2 to 6 p.m.; call 841-4311 for schedule of events

AGES: 5 and up, with an adult

COST: $5 for individuals, $10 for families

A day of dance including hip-hop, tap and jazz dancing.

WHAT: Preschool Movies Program

WHERE: Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library, 475 Moe Road, Clifton Park

WHEN: 10:15 a.m.

AGES: 3-6; siblings welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

No registration required.

WHAT: Make a Snowflake

WHERE: Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library, 475 Moe Road, Clifton Park

WHEN: 2 p.m.

AGES: Grades K–5, with an adult.

Craft snowflakes during this drop-in program.

WHAT: Skull Science

WHERE: Wilton Wildlife Preserve and Park, 80 Scout Road, Gansevoort

WHEN: 2 p.m.

AGES: 8 and up

Using real animal skulls, participants will discover how different animals have adapted to survive their habitats. Register by today by calling 450-0321.

WHAT: School's Out ... The Museum is In!

WHERE: The New York State Museum, 260 Madison Ave., Albany

WHEN: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

COST: Admission is free; donations are accepted

Explore the museum's exhibitions and participate in a variety of activities.

WHAT: Snowshoe Adventure

WHERE: Albany Pine Bush Nature Preserve Discovery Center, 195 New Karner Road, Albany

WHEN: 10:30 a.m. to noon. Arrive at least 5 to 10 minutes before the start of the program to purchase tickets

COST: $3 per person, $5. per family, children under 5 free.

Enjoy a one-mile hike on snowshoes to explore the Pine Barrens and learn the basics of snowshoeing. Snowshoes are provided. If there is not enough snow, participants will hike. Pre-registration is required online or by calling 456-0655. Groups with eight or more people, call for special accommodations.

WHAT: Make Your Own Pine Bush Puppet

WHERE: Albany Pine Bush Nature Preserve Discovery Center, 195 New Karner Road, Albany

WHEN: 1 to 2:30 p.m. Arrive at least 5 to 10 minutes before the start of the program to purchase tickets

COST: $3 per person, $5 per family, children under 5 free.

Take a short walk in the Pine Bush to gather inspiration, then come back to the Discovery Center, where a variety of materials will be available for creating different types of puppets. Pre-registration is required online or by calling 456-0655. Groups with eight or more people, call for special accommodations.

WEDNESDAY

WHAT: Construction in Action: Build a Cardboard Village

WHERE: The Wonder Room, 896 Saratoga Road, Ballston Lake

WHEN: 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

AGES: 5-10

COST: $10 for non-members, $8 for members

Make buildings from boxes and decorate them with a variety of materials. Registration is required. Email thewonderroomny@gmail.com.

WHAT: Snow Silliness

WHERE: Wilton Wildlife Preserve and Park, 80 Scout Road, Gansevoort

WHEN: 11 a.m.

COST: Snowshoe rentals free for members, $3 for nonmembers

Younger participants will play in the snow and make winter crafts. Older kids will take a guided snowshoe walk. Register by Tuesday by calling 450-0321.

WHAT: Owl Prowl

WHERE: Wilton Wildlife Preserve and Park, 80 Scout Road, Gansevoort

WHEN: 6:30 p.m.

AGES: 5 and up

Attend an indoor presentation to learn about area owls, then head outdoors to look for some. Preregister by today by calling the Saratoga Springs Public Library at 584-7860, option 3.

WHAT: Perler Bead Crafts

WHERE: Saratoga Springs Public Library, Glasby Room, 49 Henry St., Saratoga Springs

WHEN: 11 a.m. to noon

AGES: Kids in grades 4 -7

Create a Perler Bead craft. Space limited to 10 participants.

WHAT: Music to Your Ears

WHERE: Creative Connections Arts Center, 305 E. Main St., Amsterdam

WHEN: 2 to 6 p.m.; call 841-4311 for schedule of events

AGES: 5 and up, with an adult

COST: $5 for individuals, $10 for families

Program highlights drumming, how to record and market original songs and how to play bass guitar.

WHAT: Beads Galore!

WHERE: Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library, 475 Moe Road, Clifton Park

WHEN: 11 a.m.

AGES: Grades K–5

Make your own people, animals or jewelry with beads. No registration required.

WHAT: Alphabet Soup

WHERE: The Children’s Museum at Saratoga, 69 Caroline St., Saratoga Springs

WHEN: 10:30 to 11 a.m.

AGES: 3 and up

COST: Free with museum admission

Learn a new letter of the alphabet through crafts, games, stories, songs and more.

WHAT: Act of Kindness

WHERE: The Children’s Museum at Saratoga, 69 Caroline St., Saratoga Springs

WHEN: 11:30 a.m. to noon

AGES: 4 and up

COST: $1 per child

The group will read a story, create a take-home craft and choose a book to donate to families with premature babies. Registration required. Call 584-5540.

WHAT: Story Art

WHERE: The Children’s Museum at Saratoga, 69 Caroline St., Saratoga Springs

WHEN: 2 to 2:30 p.m.

COST: Free with museum admission

Listen to a story then use your imagination to create art projects using different media and styles.

WHAT: Tai Chi Workshop

WHERE: World Awareness Children's Museum, 89 Warren St., Glens Falls

WHEN: 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

AGES: 4 and up; ages 4-6 require parent/caregiver registration and participation. Ages 7 and older may participate alone.

COST: $10, which includes museum admission

Tai Chi is a form of Chinese martial arts performed in slow movements with specific breathing techniques. Registration required by today.

WHAT: Make Your Own Pine Bush Musical Instrument

WHERE: Albany Pine Bush Nature Preserve Discovery Center, 195 New Karner Road, Albany

WHEN: 1 to 2:30 p.m. Arrive at least 5 to 10 minutes before the start of the program to purchase tickets

COST: $3 per person, $5 per family, children under 5 free.

Start by taking a short walk in the Pine Bush to gather inspiration, then come back to the Discovery Center to make your own musical instrument with recycled materials. Pre-registration is required online or by calling 456-0655. Groups with eight or more people, call for special accommodations.

WHAT: Snowshoe Adventure

WHERE: Albany Pine Bush Nature Preserve Discovery Center, 195 New Karner Road, Albany

WHEN: 10:30 a.m. to noon. Arrive at least 5 to 10 minutes before the start of the program to purchase tickets

COST: $3 per person, $5 per family, children under 5 free.

Enjoy a one-mile hike on snowshoes to explore the Pine Barrens and learn the basics of snowshoeing. Snowshoes are provided. If there is not enough snow, participants will hike. Pre-registration is required online or by calling 456-0655. Groups with eight or more people, call for special accommodations.

WHAT: School's Out ... The Museum is in!

WHERE: The New York State Museum, 260 Madison Ave., Albany

WHEN: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

COST: Admission is free; donations are accepted

Explore the museum's exhibitions and participate in a variety of activities.

THURSDAY

WHAT: Winter Campfire Stories and Songs

WHERE: Saratoga Springs Public Library, H. Dutcher Community Room, 49 Henry St., Saratoga Springs

WHEN: 6:30 to 8 p.m.

AGES: 4-12, with an adult

Gather ’round the campfire for stories and songs, enjoy s’mores, build a sugar cube igloo and try a penguin bean bag toss.

WHAT: Silly Science: Reptiles

WHERE: The Children’s Museum at Saratoga, 69 Caroline St., Saratoga Springs

WHEN: 10:30 a.m. to noon

AGES: 3 and up

COST: Free with museum admission

WHAT: Hands-on Art

WHERE: The Tang Museum, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs

WHEN: 10:30 a.m. to noon

AGES: 6 and up, with an adult

The group will discuss the book “Henry’s Freedom Box” by Ellen Levine and work on a related art project. Participants should read the book in advance. Registration required by calling 580-8080.

WHAT: Kids can Create in the Kitchen: Chips and Dips

WHERE: The Wonder Room, 896 Saratoga Road, Ballston Lake

WHEN: 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

AGES: 5 -10

COST: $10 for non-members, $8 for members

Create sweet and savory dips. Registration required by emailing thewonderroomny@gmail.com

WHAT: The Firebird, presented by The Puppet People

WHERE: Schenectady County Public Library, McChesney Room, 99 Clinton St., Schenectady

WHEN: 2:30 p.m.

WHAT: Animal Tracking Snowshoe Walk

WHERE: Wilton Wildlife Preserve and Park, 80 Scout Road, Gansevoort

WHEN: 2 p.m.

COST: Snowshoe rentals free for members, $3 for non-members

Take a walk at Camp Saratoga North and look for animal tracks. Register by Wednesday by calling 450-0321.

WHAT: Start with Art

WHERE: Creative Connections Arts Center, 305 E. Main St., Amsterdam

WHEN: 2 to 5:45 p.m.; call 841-4311 for schedule of events

AGES: 5 and up, with an adult

COST: $5 for individuals, $10 for families

Program features artists demonstrating watercolor painting, cartooning, blow painting, graffiti art and more.

WHAT: Scrabble Night

WHERE: Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library, 475 Moe Road, Clifton Park

WHEN: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

AGES: 17 and up

Come out for an evening of word-building fun. Register by calling 371-8622.

WHAT: Tai Chi Workshop

WHERE: World Awareness Children's Museum, 89 Warren St., Glens Falls

WHEN: 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

AGES: 4 and up; ages 4-6 require parent/caregiver registration and participation. Ages 7 and older may participate alone.

COST: $10, which includes museum admission

Tai Chi is a form of Chinese martial arts performed in slow movements with specific breathing techniques. Registration required by today.

WHAT: Recycled Art

WHERE: Albany Pine Bush Nature Preserve Discovery Center, 195 New Karner Road, Albany

WHEN: 1 to 2:30 p.m. Arrive at least 5 to 10 minutes before the start of the program to purchase tickets

COST: $3 per person, $5 per family, children under 5 free.

Make crafts using provided recycled materials. Pre-registration is required online or by calling 456-0655. Groups with eight or more people, call for special accommodations.

WHAT: Snowshoe Adventure

WHERE: Albany Pine Bush Nature Preserve Discovery Center, 195 New Karner Road, Albany

WHEN: 10:30 to noon. Arrive at least 5 to 10 minutes before the start of the program to purchase tickets

COST: $3 per person, $5 per family, children under 5 free.

Enjoy a one-mile hike on snowshoes to explore the Pine Barrens and learn the basics of snowshoeing. Snowshoes are provided. If there is not enough snow, participants will hike. Pre-registration is required online or by calling 456-0655. Groups with eight or more people, call for special accommodations.

FRIDAY

WHAT: Button Crafts

WHERE: Saratoga Springs Public Library, Glasby Room, 49 Henry St., Saratoga Springs

WHEN: 11 a.m. to noon

AGES: Kids in grades 4-7

Make a craft with buttons. Limited to 10 participants.

WHAT: Wiggle and Giggle Bunny Hop

WHERE: The Children’s Museum at Saratoga, 69 Caroline St., Saratoga Springs

WHEN: 10 to 11:30 a.m.

COST: Free with museum admission

Younger children learn what they can do with their bodies through structured group activities and guided free play in this drop-in program.

WHAT: City by Design

WHERE: The Children’s Museum at Saratoga, 69 Caroline St., Saratoga Springs

WHEN: 1 to 2:30 p.m.

AGES: 6 and up

COST: Free with museum admission

Learn how cities are planned and design a building using recycled materials. Register by calling 584-5540.

WHAT: The Write Stuff: “Read, Enjoy and Discover” workshop

WHERE: Creative Connections Arts Center, 305 E. Main St., Amsterdam

WHEN: 2 to 5 p.m.; call 841-4311 for schedule of events

AGES: 5 and up, with an adult

COST: $5 for individuals, $10 for families

WHAT: Nature Picture Frames

WHERE: Wilton Wildlife Preserve and Park, 80 Scout Road, Gansevoort

WHEN: 11 a.m.

Decorate picture frames with items from nature. Registration required by Thursday by calling 450-0321.

WHAT: Tai Chi Workshop

WHERE: World Awareness Children's Museum, 89 Warren St., Glens Falls

WHEN: 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

AGES: 4 and up; ages 4-6 require parent/caregiver registration and participation. Ages 7 and older may participate alone.

COST: $10, which includes museum admission

Tai Chi is a form of Chinese martial arts performed in slow movements with specific breathing techniques. Registration required by today.

WHAT: Come Clay with Us!

WHERE: Albany Pine Bush Nature Preserve Discovery Center, 195 New Karner Road, Albany

WHEN: 1 to 2:30 p.m. Arrive at least 5 to 10 minutes before the start of the program to purchase tickets

COST: $3 per person, $5 per family, children under 5 free.

Take a short walk in the Pine Bush to gather inspiration, then create sculptures of Pine Bush animals using different materials.

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