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.
Bounce Magic has inflatable fun at two locations (4090 Maple Road, Amherst and 4255 McKinley Pkwy., Hamburg; bouncemagic.com). Sensational Fun (2881 Southwestern Blvd., Orchard Park; sensationalfun.org) and We Rock the Spectrum (5427 Transit Road, Williamsville; werockthespectrumbuffalonorthtowns.com) are activity centers that are ideal for kids with special needs.