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7 things to do in Western New York during winter break: February 20 - February 25

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Posted at 5:33 PM, Feb 17, 2023

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Many students across Western New York have the week off for winter break. If you're looking for something fun to do with the family, 7 News has got you covered.

Aquarium of Niagara
Starting February 18, the Aquarium of Niagara is offering discounted admission and special programs during the winter break. Some of these programs include scavenger hunts, activity tables, themed feedings, and presentations. The Aquarium of Niagara is expanding its hours to 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. for the break. You can find a full list of events and prices online here.

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Buffalo Museum of Science
"Engineering Week" at the Buffalo Museum of Science runs from February 19 through February 25. The theme is "Creating the Future." The museum told 7 Newsthat this week allows kids to explore different interests for their future. The Buffalo Museum of Science is open daily from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. You can find a full list of events and prices online here.

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Explore & More Children's Museum
"Break Week" at Explore & More Children's Museum is another opportunity to experience "all things engineering" during the winter break. The event runs from February 20 through February 24 and includes STEM-based activities and challenges. You can find more information online here.

Explore & More Museum

Buffalo Zoo
The Buffalo Zoo is offering discount admission for "Polar Bear Days." From February 20 through February 24 visitors can receive $5 off full-priced tickets. The zoo is open Friday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. You can find more information online here.


Lace up February 20 and head to Ice at Canalside for February Fun Skate. Admission and rentals, curling, bumper cars, hot chocolate and water are all free. Certain activities will be available on a first-come-first-serve basis. In addition, relive high school at “Prom Night” February 17 and welcome spring during “Hawaiian Night – The Last Luau” February 24. You can find a full list of events and prices online here.

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Buffalo RiverWorks
Buffalo RiverWorks, in partnership with Independent Health, is offering a variety of activities during the winter break including:

  • Free ice skating and roller skating from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. February 21 through February 23.
  • Discount skate rentals.
  • Discount ropes course.
  • Free giveaways on a first-come-first-serve basis.

You can find a full list of events and prices online here.

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716 Career Fair returns to Riverworks this week.

Buffalo Heritage Carousel
The solar powered Buffalo Heritage Carousel is set to re-open during the winter break. It will run from February 18 through February 26 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. In addition, Hot Chocolate Night is back on February 24 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The carousel is "freshened-up, sanded, painted, and polished" all for the re-opening event. Rides still cost just $1. You find more information online here.

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Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Events:
On Tuesday and Friday, you can have free gym classes at Rolly Pollies. Wednesday, KeyBank Center has free skating from 4 until 4:45 pm. On Thursday, head to East Aurora for class rink skating from 3 pm until 5and why not end with the Buy Black Buffalo event at the Broadway Market on Saturday.

Buffalo and Erie County Library:
From 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. every day, there is Crafting It Central, where kids can come in and craft. There is also a winter reading program, and you can even enjoy the Launchpad to make a video or audio recording and play with instruments.
You can actually save money by having a library card, such as 10 percent off membership at the Botanical Gardens.
Free general admission at the Buffalo History Museum.
A dollar off admission at the science museum.
And a year subscription to Buffalo Spree for 10 dollars.

You can find out how to save here.