It’s winter break! Woo hoo!
You’ve got all the time in the world to lay around in your pajamas, build tent forts and watch bad TV.
Yeah, that will be fun for about two days before everyone starts climbing the walls.
Let me introduce you to a secret weapon every parent and grandparent should have in their arsenal: Fun4KidsinBuffalo.com.
This website pulls together every single family-friendly event in Western New York and puts it at your fingertips. You can search by location, by date or by holiday. There’s a calendar of events, a tab dedicated to indoor activities (a must in this climate), a “party places” tab, which lists dozens of fun places to host a birthday party, and a long list of mom-reviewed excursions. You can also sign up for email updates and a monthly newsletter to stay on top of all the region’s fun goings-on.
So, what’s there to do this week? Here are just a few options, according to Fun4KidsinBuffalo:
• Today: Is it winter break or spring break? Take your pick at Eastern Hills Mall’s free “Summer in February” party. Running through Sunday, the mall will create a man-made beach and provide pails, shovels and toys so kids 10 and younger can play in the sand. There’s plenty of seating so parents can watch comfortably from the sidelines. The fun takes place in the mall’s food court, 4545 Transit Road in Clarence. Call 633-1600.
• Tuesday: Go snowshoeing at Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve, 93 Honorine Drive in Depew. Watch for wildlife and learn how animals survive the cold. Snowshoe rental is $5 per person. Starts at 10:30 a.m. Register by calling 683-5959.
• Wednesday: Kids day at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave. in Buffalo. Kids 12 and younger get free admission. Take time to stop and smell the flowers in the beautiful gardens and displays. Be sure to check out the Wegmans Family Garden for cool activities. Call 827-1584.
• Thursday: Hear a “Talk on the Wild Side.” Hawk Creek Wildlife Center will bring live hawks, eagles, owls and falcons to present an educational program that will thrill the whole family. It’s all free and starts at 6:30 p.m. at Aurora Town Library, 550 Main St. in East Aurora. Call 652-4440.
• Friday: Visit the Buffalo History Museum at One Museum Court in Buffalo. Admission is free all day during regular business hours (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) as part of M&T’s Third Fridays. But come after the museum closes (still free, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.) to see the exhibits come to life. There will be costumed historical characters and other interactive activities, like crafts, artifact scavenger hunts and museum tours. Call 873-9644.
• Saturday: Shrug off the cold with a “Beach Party Bash” at Concord Public Library, 18 Chapel St. in Springville. Dave & Kathleen Jeffers of Creative Learning Productions will host an interactive, beach-themed magic show. Register by calling 592-7742.
• Sunday: “Despicable Me 2.” This PG-rated family movie stars Steve Carrell and features those lovable yellow minions. The movie will be screened at 2 p.m. at one of my favorite places, the Riviera Theatre and Performing Arts Center, 67 Webster St. in North Tonawanda. Tickets are $2.