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10 ways to enjoy winter break with kids

We all know the winter-break is much needed for the kids - and it's usually a pretty fun week - as long as we keep them occupied. Otherwise, they're bored and on our nerves. My plan was to do a mixed list of indoor/outdoor fun. Well, Mother Nature foiled that plan. So, with warm temps continuing - here's a list of 10 fun things to do without snow.

Let's start with inside. Some local family friendly business have expanded hours all week long.

Bounce Magic, 4090 Maple Road, Amherst and 4255 McKinley Parkway, Hamburg

  • Open at 10 a.m. Monday through Friday (no mini bounce session).
  • Open play all day for $12.
  • Parents are admitted free.
  • Snack bar with pizza, soda and coffee.

Explore and More, 300 Gleed St., East Aurora

  • Open at 10 a.m. Monday through Friday.
  • Special activities everyday (free with admission).
  • Cost is $7 for adults and kids ages 1 and older.
  • Bring a lunch and eat in the cafeteria.

Herschell Carousel Factory, 180 Thompson St., North Tonawanda

  • Open noon to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
  • Cost is $6 adults, $3 for ages 2 to 16; ages younger than 2 admitted free. Admission includes one ride token. Extra tokens are 50 cents.
  • Activities include ice cream making, magnet mazes and paper airplane making.

The Aquarium of Niagara, 701 Whirlpool St., Niagara Falls

  • Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday.
  • Cost is $13 for adults, $9 for ages 3 to 12. Ages 2 and younger are admitted free.

Rolly Pollies, 9630 Transit Road, East Amherst and 4058 North Buffalo Road, Orchard Park

  • Special Ninja Warrior Camp for ages 5-12 is held from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Thursday; $200 (discounts for multiple kids).
  • Open Play is 1 to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday; $10 first hour, $5 each additional hour.
  • Reservations encouraged.
  • Closed Friday.

If outdoor fun is more your style - here you go.

Skating at Canalside, 44 Prime St.

  • Cost is $6 for ages 13 and older; $4 for ages 6 to 12; ages 5 and younger are admitted free.
  • Skate rental is $4.
  • Open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday.
  • Wear red, white and blue for discounted skating on Monday;  $8 for admission and skate rental.
  • Call to check on ice conditions.

Tifft Nature Preserve, 1200 Fuhrmann Blvd.

  • Trails open daily dawn until dusk.
  • Walk, or snow shoe the beautiful trails for free.
  • Enjoy nature in all its glory.

The Buffalo Zoo, 300 Parkside Ave.

  • Cost is $5 per person through the end of February
  • Open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.
  • Plenty of fun with the ever-popular polar bears, the baby ocelot, and many more adorable animals.

Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave.

  • Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily
  • Cost is $11 adults, $6 ages 3 to 12; ages 2 and younger are admitted free.
  • Monday is kids day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with ages 12 and younger admitted free.

Kissing Bridge, 10296 State Road, Glenwood

  • Open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday and Friday.
  • Prices vary depending on day/time pass. Ages 6 and younger always free with purchasing adult.
  • KB Cruiser Lessons (ages 4-12) includes one two-hour session with ski and boot rental; $80. Call 592-4963.
  • Check snow conditions as they are making snow.



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