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How to Keep Kids Busy Over Winter Break in The Buffalo News

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

There are certain questions that strike fear in the hearts of parents and grandparents: “Can I get a toy?” “Can we listen to KidzBop?” “What else is for dinner?” And, of course, there’s this pearl: “What are we doing over mid-winter break?”

Mid-winter break is a far trickier proposition than spring break, which for most schools will run from the end of March into early April. A February recess means questionable weather and bitter cold. It also comes in the wake of the expensive and exhausting December and January holiday break.

However, there are options -- plentiful options, in fact. It might be too late to book spots in most camps, and space is limited for anything requiring pre-registration. Here are some ideas to get you  started, many of them focusing on the week most school districts are off this month: Feb. 19-23. Remember to check your town or city’s recreation department website, and perhaps even your school district’s calendar of events. Your kids will thank you, and perhaps avoid driving you batty for an hour or two.

Educational activities
Children’s Book Club, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 25 at the Burchfield Penney Art Center, 1300 Elmwood Ave.;
Unlike many grown-up book clubs, the fourth-Sunday club at the Burchfield Penney is focused on the book -- a novel concept. The selected book for this month is “Suzette and the Puppy: A Story About Mary Cassatt” by Joan Sweeney. Cost is $20 per child (including the book) for members and $25 for non-members. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged. 
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