With no classes, homework, or teachers in sight for a week due to holiday break, children will be looking for things to do. This break be sure to explore all the exciting activities local organizations have to offer.
Though they won't be doing arithmetic problems or writing essays, children can still exercise their brain power while having fun at Seneca Park Zoo's "Book and Beast" on Wednesday, December 26. At 11 a.m. in the Z.O.T. Zone, join the zoo to read a book and meet an animal from the animal collection. Free with zoo admission, $5-$10. 2222 St. Paul St. For more information on the zoo, including additional school-break activities, visit senecaparkzoo.org.
Stay active at the National Museum of Play's "Let's Move! School Break Week." Through Monday, December 31, kids can become mountaineers on the climbing wall, move to the beat on "Dance Dance Revolution," or climb, crawl, and jump through rainforest environments in the "Dora & Diego" exhibit. These activities are presented as a collaboration with the "Let's Move! Museums and Gardens Initiative" launched by First Lady Michelle Obama and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The museum is located at 1 Manhattan Square. Activities are included in general admission, $13. For more information and other events, visit museumofplay.org.
The Rochester Museum and Science Center will be hosting a variety of activities to keep the kids entertained as well. The exhibit "A T. Rex Named Sue" continues in the main museum through January 6, while over at the Strasenburgh Planetarium you can catch the Holiday Laser Show through Tuesday, January 1, plus large-screen films "Curiosity on Mars," "My Planets," "Coral Reef Adventure," and "Fly Me to the Moon." The museum is located at 657 East Ave. For information call 271-4320 or visit rmsc.org.
Rather than watch a movie, visit the Multi-use Community Cultural Center for ShakeCo's "Tales from Shakespeare for Young Audiences." Plays like "A Midsummer Night's Dream," "Hamlet," and "Love's Labours Lost," will be combined to form an original work. Shows run Thursday, December 27, through Sunday, December 30; the theater is at 142 Atlantic Ave. Tickets cost $5-$7.50. Visit muccc.org for more information.