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KIDS l School Break Week Activities 

With Winter Break quickly approaching, children are becoming more excited while parents are becoming more apprehensive. Five days of no school is either a cause for celebration or a mess of headaches. Luckily, there are numerous events going on in the area to keep the kids entertained — and you sane.

Witness a female sword swallower, be amazed at magic and juggling shows, get up close with furry and scaly animals, and so much more at "Circus-Circus" at the Rochester Museum & Science Center (657 East Ave.). This event runs Saturday-Sunday, February 15-23, noon-4 p.m. each day. Tickets are free with regular museum admission: $13 for adults, $11 for children 3-18, and free for those under 3. For more information, visit rmsc.org or call 271-4320.

Enjoy nine days of brain play during Fat Brain School-Break Week at the National Museum of Play (1 Manhattan Square). This event will challenge children's thinking with various fun, games, and toys. Also check out the new "Animation" exhibit, where families can explore the science behind animation. Fat Brain Week runs February 15-23. Museum hours are Monday-Thursday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday-Saturday 10 a.m.-8 p.m., and Sunday noon-5 p.m. Admission is $13.50 for ages 2 and up, and free for ages under 2 and members. For more information, visit museumofplay.org or call 263-2700.

Learn how to make yummy meals for the family at the New York Wine & Culinary Center's Culinary Workshops on Tuesday, February 18; Thursday, February 20 ; and Friday, February 21. The workshops will run 2-5 p.m. each day and will teach children basic culinary skills and techniques such as cooking methods, portion control, and healthy choices. Each class will also result in preparing a dinner entrée to feed a family of four. The center is located at 800 S. Main St., Canandaigua. The workshops cost $75 each, or $200 for the three-day package. More information can be found at nywcc.com and reservations can be made by calling 394-7070.

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