Museums keep kids busy during vacation week

Gone are the days of boring winter school breaks filled with cabin fever. Parents and children will be able to enjoy a variety of activities next week, courtesy of our local museums and theaters.

Look heavenward

At the Schenectady Museum, children can look to the stars through a hands-on activity each day. The planetarium show with the new star projector will will let children enjoy the tour of The Story of Three Water Drops, a fascinating new photomicrograph exhibit.

"We are really excited about all of this year's programs during February break week," said Erin Breslin of the Schenectady Museum.

Breslin said to look for the Family Discovery Lab Telescopes Workshop on Saturday, Feb. 17. The lab gives guests a chance to build and learn how to currently use their own refractor telescope. The popular program costs $6 for the telescope kit, which is yours to keep.

Make the most of things

At the Troy Children's Museum of Science and Technology, or CMOST, a week of discovery and adventure will keep young minds content. The museum will offer a variety of programs each day of the week, ranging from a chemistry adventure with balloons and rockets, to a pinhole camera workshop. The activities are geared for ages 7 and up. Pre-registration is required for the "Ready Set Action" chemistry workshop as well as the camera program.

For younger kids, the museum will offer a "Clues That Tell You A Tale," animal hibernation and migration program. The session is limited to 20 participants and is best for ages 4 and up.

Another program, "Making it work for you-simple machine," focuses on investigating devices found around the house, school and on the playground. This session requires pre-registration required and is recommended for ages 6 and up.

"We have something for every age and expect a high amount of interest," said Laurie Miedema, director of member and guest relations for CMOST.

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