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Museums keep kids busy during vacation week

On the last day of vacation, CMOST will hold a liquid nitrogen ice cream workshop that is sure to be popular. Children will be able to make their own ice cream after exploring the properties of liquid nitrogen and seeing firsthand what happens to molecules as they experience changes in temperature.

Sing and smile

New York State Museum's illustrator for the cultural education center, Patricia Kernan, said the state museum would be bringing in special music and art programs.

On Sunday, Feb. 18, families can receive a free early 20th-century style complimentary photo to take home. The museum says the only requirement is a happy face.

"Music Jams" is held every Thursday, including over break, as an opportunity for all ages to listen to live music including that inspired by jigs, waltzes, hornpipes and marches.

Other state museum "School's Out" programs will include a magnetic bookmark making workshop and a collage art chow. Kids can get a taste of spring with "Flowers and Fossils" programs with local artist Randi Bentley. Another favorite is the Iroquois beading exhibit, which will allow children to be interactive and hands-on while creating beaded objects.

To unleash a little energy, kids can check out the highly acclaimed "Time Tunnel Camp". This recreational day camp is for children grades first through seventh and is a combination of entertainment and recreation. Sessions meet weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

"There is tons of stuff, " said Albert Gnidica of the state museum.

There are many more programs during February break week, and your best bet is to contact the museums for registration information including dates times for programs. Many sessions are limited, although the museums will have all of their regular exhibits open.

How to reach them

The Schenectady Museum, 15 Nott Terrace Heights, Schenectady, 382-7890 or www.schenectadymuseum.org

State Museum, Empire State Plaza, Madison Avenue, Albany, 474-5877, www.nysm.nysed.gov

CMOST, 250 Jordan Road, Rensselaer Technology Park, Troy, 235-2120 or www.CMOST.org ""

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