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9 things to do during school break with your kids

9 things to do during school break with your kids

("9 things to do during school break with your kids" orginally published at www.iloveny.com)

Midwinter school breaks can be a blast for the whole family - as long as you've got a solid plan in place. Avoid cabin fever this winter with a fabulous New York adventure. Check out some of these great ideas - we've got something for all ages - and start planning your winter break now.  It will be here before you know it.  

 

1. Go snow tubing

Snow Tubing-Hunter Mountain 57

 

Snow tubing is a perfect winter activity for everyone, and Hunter Mountain in the Catskills is an ideal spot for it. And it’s a great value: Just $20 gets you a two-hour session where a conveyor carries tubers to the top the hill (so no hiking!) for a thrilling 1,000-foot ride down. Kids must be at least 42 inches tall to ride solo, and kids 33 to 41 inches can ride with an adult in a “family tube” ($30). When you’re ready to warm up, hit the nearby fire pit and snack bar.

2. Visit an indoor water park

Greek Peak; Photograph: NYS Dept of Economic Dev

Cascades Indoor Water Park  is a 41,000-square foot indoor waterpark attached to the Hope Lake Lodge at Greek Peak Mountain Resort near Cortland. The facility has a 67,000-gallon wave pool, four water slides, and an interactive play structure that features a 500-gallon bucket, an area designed specifically for small children. Located just outside of the facility you’ll find the Northwoods pool and hot springs--a 35,000-gallon outdoor swimming pool that is heated and open year round.

3. Ice skate under an iconic skyline

Canalside

New York’s cities offer some extremely picturesque skating rinks. In addition to the beloved Rink at Rockefeller Center in New York City, families will love the Empire “Skate” Plaza Ice Rink in Albany, Canalside in Buffalo, Clinton Square Ice Rink in Syracuse, and Highland Park in Rochester..

4. Try snowshoeing

Snowshoeing

Looking to get outdoors this winter, but not looking to do any extreme sporting? Snowshoeing is affordable, easy to learn, and a great family activity. Some of New York’s top ’shoeing spots include Allegany State Park and Lapland Lake Nordic Vacation Center. Both offer rentals on site (but call ahead for scheduling and fees).

5. Learn about science!

Children's Museum of Science and Technology

The highly interactive Museum of Science and Technology (MOST) in downtown Syracuse has activities geared for children of all ages - plus an adjacent IMAX theater and planetarium offering daily shows.Other museums for kids who love science: Rochester Museum and Science Center, Children's Museum of Science and Technology in Troy, and the Ithaca Sciencenter

6. Visit the aquarium at Niagara Falls.

Aquarium of Niagara

Daily events at this aquarium include penguin feedings and a sea lion show. Consider booking one of the aquarium's exclusive interaction experiences for some one-on-one time with harbor seals and Humboldt penguins. Trainers will help visitors touch, feed and play with the marine mammals and get a behind-the-scenes look at their habitats.

7. See a Broadway Show

The Company of SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTSPhotograph: Joan Marcus

The theater isn’t just for grown ups - especially these days, with Broadway marquees bearing the likes of Aladdin, The Lion King, and SpongeBob Squarepants - plus, in February 2018, Frozen unleashes its force on the Great White Way. And you can even score a sweet deal to see some of these shows, thanks to Broadway Week, January 16 - February 4. (Check the website starting on January 5 for a list of participating shows.)

8. Go dog sledding in Lake Placid

Dog Sledding on Mirror Lake

Kids and grown-ups alike will love being pulled by a team of sled dogs on Mirror Lake. Whether you're going with friends or family, a dog-sled ride in Lake Placid is one Adirondack experience you’ll never forget.

9. Play indoors

Strong Museum

If your kids need to burn off some energy, the Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester offers so many amazing activities they’ll hardly know where to start. With exhibits including a re-creation of the Sesame Street set, a kid-size grocery store, and more classic toys, games, and puzzle than you can count, it’s easy to spend a whole day - or a whole weekend - exploring the Strong. Mom, dad and older siblings will love the Toy Hall of Fame, spotlighting iconic playthings, and the playable vintage video games and pinball machines.

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("9 things to do during school break with your kids" orginally published at www.iloveny.com)

 


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This place is beautiful and service is outstanding. From check in to check out we were extremely satisfied with our weakend stay at the lodge. The Staff really goes out of... Read More

Heather B, Glenville, NY

Had a phenomenal few days at this lovely, well run, friendly winter lodge. Skiing and waterpark were both a huge hit with our kids, and they are dying to... Read More

Andrew H

A beautiful resort with amazing views. The staff is friendly, helpful and courteous. The rooms are clean and spacious. We enjoyed the water park and especially the in/out door... Read More

NievesFam, Haddonfield, New Jersey

Last week we enjoyed a stay at Hope Lake Lodge. We were there from Saturday to Friday and enjoyed every moment. We do not ski but were still able to enjoy the Lodge to its fullest. The staff was the friendliest of any of the places we have ever stayed. Our children enjoyed the activities and... Read More

Richard P, Pennsylvania

This is the second visit and can't wait to go again. We spent New Years here and it was fantastic. The room was spacious with a fireplace and a full kitchen. The waterpark is small but perfect for our family. the outdoor hot tub and heated pool overlooking the mountain is AMAZING. On New Years... Read More

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