Museums, Outdoor Activities, Ballet, More: Ideas for Things to Do with Your Kids During CNY February Break

School is out for the week! If you’re wondering what to do with all that free time, the Syracuse area libraries, museums and nature centers have you covered. There’s plenty to do with the family or just for the kids, like ballet performances at the Everson Museum of Art, arthropod tours at the Earth Museum, snowshoe and nature walks at the Beaver Lake Nature Center in Baldwinsville, card games, story time, cartoons and more. All libraries and museums have prepared for this week. Now go have fun!

(And a pro tip for parents: if you need a midweek wine party but can’t nab a babysitter, there’s a virtual wine tasting with your name on it.)

Landon Bennett, 8, and his aunt Cissy Bennett fear their reflexes during an exhibition at MOST Dennis Nett | [email protected]RSY

Museum events

The Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science and Technology in Syracuse will be open daily this week, and their schedule is jam-packed with kid-friendly events like STEM story time, nebula art flight simulations and more. again. Go to their events calendar on for more information.

The Earth Museum in Ithaca will also be open every day this week, and it will offer a 30-minute tour on the history of arthropods on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 11 a.m. They also have a few other tours and a series of science videos on their website for kids, with short films on solar power, reusable clothing, snowflakes and more. Go to their website at for more information about the tour and to access the videos.

To do during the break

Madeline Schubert (7) pushes snow as she digs a snow cave during Winter Wonderland Week at the Beaver Lake Nature Center, Friday, Feb. 20, 2015. She and her sister are the daughters of one of The centre’s naturalists, Dave Schubert and are lending a hand during the February school holidays. David Lasmann | [email protected]

outdoor adventures

If you’re starting to feel trapped indoors, head to the great outdoors. Many week-long outdoor camps at local nature centers are all fully booked, but the Beaver Lake Nature Center in Baldwinsville offers daily guided snowshoe walks and creature talks for families that you can sign up for at 8 hours on the day of the event by calling the nature center at (315) 638-2519. Learn about beavers, turtles, owls and other wildlife, or try snowshoeing, snow sculpting or hiking. There is an event every day, check for the full list.

The Sterling Nature Center still has room in its free events – they have wildlife viewing hikes on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 1 p.m. and outdoor botanical explorations on Fridays and Saturdays at 1 p.m. Email [email protected] to register and call (315) 947-6143 for more information. There’s also citizen science birding at Rice Creek Field Station in Oswego on Tuesday at 9 a.m. if you’re up for a bit of a drive. More information about this event can be found at

things to do during the break

Sisters-in-law Karen McPeak (left), of Syracuse, with her daughter Lizzy, 4, and Emily McPeak, of Onondaga Hill, with her son Benji, 5, playing in the picture book area of ​​the library free from Onondaga. Stone Chen | The Post Standard.

Card games, crafts and STEM in libraries

Onondaga County Public Libraries are closed Monday for President’s Day, but have big events planned for the rest of the week. Sign your children up for ‘How to Talk Doggie’ at Liverpool Library on Monday so they can learn how to approach and recognize a happy dog ​​with Helping Hounds Dog Rescue.

On Tuesday, head to the Beauchamp branch library to make a Ghanaian Sankofa bird out of cellophane and tissue paper. There’s a Teen Card Game Night at Liverpool Library on Wednesdays at 6pm and ‘Tween Scene’ at the same time for younger kids (this event requires registration). On Thursday, stop by the Little Library and make a red paper fish for Lunar New Year or check out the “Boredom Busters” STEM kits.

There’s also storytelling at the Liverpool Library every weekday at 10 a.m., then a Swiss-style chess tournament for the under-18s on Saturdays at 1 p.m. In-person registration is required for the tournament. Many activities are planned throughout the week in the libraries. Check the library calendar on for more information.

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cartoon madness

Rome’s Capitoline Theater will host its annual “Cartoon Madness” shows during the break. The theater will screen a dozen short films featuring popular Looney Tunes and Merry Melodies characters like Bugs Bunny, Elmer Fudd, the Roadrunner, Tweety Bird and more. This year’s theme is “Daffy Deep Dive”, so Daffy Duck will make frequent appearances. All cartoons are rated “G” and are suitable for families. Performances are Monday through Friday at 3 p.m. and Saturday at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Visit for tickets and more information.

blue man group

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blue man group

End the week with tickets to Blue Man Group at the Landmark Theater downtown. It’s a big kid-friendly event with goofy comedy, splashy drum performances and the blue men themselves. More than 35 million people around the world have seen the Blue Man Group in action, and now they’re arriving in Syracuse a month ahead of schedule, just in time for February vacation. Tickets cost between $35 and $59 per person. The show will start at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday and at 1 p.m. on Sunday. Visit for more information and to purchase tickets. Proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID test is required for ages 12 and up. The show is not recommended for children under 3 years old.


Always looking for more to do? Go out and hunt for the Post-Standard medallion, hidden somewhere in public in Onondaga County. Whoever finds it will win a prize of $2,000.

You can browse the list of clues here.

Jules Struck writes about life and culture in and around Syracuse. Contact her anytime at [email protected] or on Instagram at julesstruck.journo.

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