Winter Family Fun Round-Up
Tuesday, February 4, 2020 4:00 PM by Mary Kate Harrigan
It's time to get the family out of the house this winter and dive into all the fun options that the region offers. This is your official round-up for family fun activities that'll have you taking advantage of our winter weather whether you opt to stay indoors or outdoors. Check out these options for winter break ideas or just a weekend away:
1. Destiny USA
Check out the Winter Fun Pass for a weekend worth of fun at Destiny USA. Take the kids through an escape room, test your balance on the world's largest indoor suspended ropes course or check out what's going on inside Wonder Works. The Winter Fun Pass also includes coupons to other area attractions including The MOST, the Everson and the Syracuse Crunch, for a deal you can't pass up. This year's pass is good anytime from January 6th - March 16th, 2020.
2. County Parks
The Syracuse region is in close proximity to several county parks that have calendars jam packed with activities for the whole family. Try out snowshoeing at Beaver Lake Nature Center or search for critters on a nature walk at Baltimore Woods Nature Center. This is the perfect opportunity to get the kids outside even in the colder months.
3. The Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science and Technology (The MOST)
Head to the The MOST for a day so fun that your kids won't even notice they're learning. Catch a show in their IMAX theatre, learn about fossils and geography or star gaze in the planetarium. If you haven't visited since last winter, the kiddos will amazed by the newer permanent Dino Zone! exhibit, featuring life-sized and lifelike dinosaurs. We promise they won't want to leave!
4. Rosamond Gifford Zoo
The Rosamond Gifford Zoo gives you the option to visit with animals indoors or step outside to see those that thrive in the cold climate. Highlights include a tropical birds room, a wing of primates and an enclosure home to winter loving snow leopards. You won't be disappointed no matter what time of year you visit. Need to keep the family occupied throughout the Winter Break? Drop them off for one day or even all week for Winter Break Zoo Camp. Ages vary for different programming but campers can expect zoo tours, animal interactions, crafts and snacks.
5. Hit the Slopes
Check out Labrador Mountain, Song Mountain or Toggenburg Mountain for all your skiing and snowboarding needs. All of these mountains offer a variety of trails for all levels and lessons for those who are new to the sport. Not your speed? Take to Four Seasons Golf & Ski for a day full of tubing- and make sure to treat yourself to a cup of hot chocolate in the lodge after! Stop by on a Friday and enjoy their Fabulous Fridays Discount on skiing and snowboarding!
Syracuse offers a variety of museums that cater to a variety of interests and ages. Delve into local history and step on a canal boat replica at the Erie Canal Museum or check out the regions' ties to the Underground Railroad at the Onondaga Historical Association. If you have an art fan on your hands then the Everson Museum of Art is the place to be. Stop in on February 22, 2020 and enjoy free admission, art-making activities, explore the galleries and watch a demonstration.
7. Winter festivals
Bring the family to the Exposition Center at the New York State Fairgrounds for Winter Fair 2020. Back for it's second year, this family-friendly event includes a mini mid-way along with other classic fair activities. Plan to stay late this year with the addition of a fireworks show on both Friday, February 7th and Saturday, February 8th, 2020.
You won't want to miss out on Winterfest 2020 either! Downtown Syracuse celebrates all the season has to offer with ice sculptures, special events, ice skating and even food sampling tours! With a full slate of activities spanning from February 13 - February 23, 2020 there's family fun happening every day in Downtown Syracuse! For more Winterfest events and happenings check out our full events calendar here.