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Break cabin fever with a week of kids' activities

SnowshoeingReinstein Woods Nature Preserve in Depew gives children a chance to try out snowshoes. (Harry Scull Jr/The Buffalo News)

Presidents Day kicks off a holiday week for many area schools.

Check out this story or browse the breakdown below of special events this week, with ideas to keep kids busy and a list of deals during midwinter break:

Great Outdoors: Give snow shoes and cross country skis a try at the 292-acre Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve. The preserve's Environmental Education Center also runs daily programs geared toward children. The preserve, at 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, offers rentals from from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday. Rentals are $2 per person. Tifft Nature Preserve in Buffalo also offers snowshoe rentals.

NARNIAEXHIBITDay at the Museum: Try out a wooden catapult and check out real swords at the Buffalo Museum of Science, where the "The Chronicles of Narnia" is on display until May 8. The traveling exhibit is based on the popular movie series and books by C.S. Lewis. The museum, at 1020 Humboldt Parkway, is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday. The exhibit is $2 with general museum admission. Admission is $8 for adults and $6 for children. Read more about the exhibit in "Exhibit chronicles Narnia."

The "Chronicles of Narnia" gives children a chance to mix science with the popular C.S. Lewis series at the Buffalo Museum of Science. (Derek Gee / Buffalo News)

Hands on Art: Explore & More Children's Museum will offer special activities and extended hours this week. Crafts, breakdancing and more will be part of a lineup of activities for the museum's Colorful Arts Family Days. The museum, at 300 Gleed Ave., East Aurora, is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 21 to 26. Admission is $5 for adults and children over 1.

A Twist on SleddingColden Tubing Co. will offer extended hours for the holiday week. The tubing park, located next to Kissing Bridge North, will be open from noon to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday. Tubers must be 42 inches tall and at least 7 years old. Tickets are $15 for two-hour "flex" tow passes. 

RINK Skate Niagara: Ice skate with a view of Niagara Falls at the TD Rink at the Brink in Niagara Falls, Ont. The outdoor rink offers skating and rentals at the brink of the Horseshoe Falls near the Table Rock Welcome Centre, 6650 Niagara Parkway, Niagara Falls, Ont. The rink is open from noon to 9 p.m. Sunday and Monday; from noon to 5 p.m. and from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; and from noon to midnight on Fridays. Admission is $8 for adults and $6 for children. Skate rentals are $4.

Open-air skating while overlooking Niagara Falls at the TD Rink at the Brink in Niagara Falls, Ont. (Charles Lewis/Buffalo News)

If you have your own skates, take a spin on the American side of the falls. A pond-style skating rink is open this winter near Old Falls Street and Rainbow Boulevard in Niagara Falls.

Skate Buffalo: Skate closer to home at the Rotary Rink of Fountain Plaza in Buffalo. The open-air rink offers free skating from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays  and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays. The rink, at Main and Chippewa Street, offers rentals for $3 for adults and $2 for children.

Day Trip: Children and teens get in free at the Corning Glass Museum. See live hot glassmaking or take a shot at breaking glass during your visit. The museum, at 1 Museum Way, Corning, is about 130 miles from Buffalo. It is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Tickets are $14 for adults.

Winter Deals: Take advantage of winter rates at several area attractions. The Niagara Parks Commission in Niagara Falls, Ont., offers a discounted Winter Magic Pass online that gives visitors a chance to visit the Journey Behind the Falls, the Butterfly Conservatory and Niagara's Fury. The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens will offer $1 admission tickets on Monday, Feb. 21.

ShrekAt the Theater: Two area theater productions this week are geared toward children. "You're a Good Man Charlie Brown" will run through Sunday, Feb. 27, at the Lancaster Opera House. Tickets are $10. "Shrek the Musical" will run through Sunday, Feb. 27, at Shea's Performing Arts Center. Tickets range from $30 to $60.

"Shrek the Musical" will run through Sunday, Feb. 27, at Shea's Performing Arts Center. (handout)

And don't forget the favorite stops at the Buffalo Zoo, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, the Burchfield Penney Art Center, Old Fort Niagara, the Erie County Historical Society, the recently revamped Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site and the Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester.

--Denise Jewell Gee

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