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It's tempting to sit around and do nothing when you get a break from school. But kids can choose instead to spend this February break learning about film, science, or transportation at two special museum events. Beats nothing, doesn't it?

Starting on Saturday, February 16, the Rochester Museum and Science Center (657 East Ave.) debuts "Movie Magic," a program of hands-on film events that runs through Sunday, February 24. Each day, from noon to 4 p.m., kids can explore their favorite films – and the art of filmmaking itself – in a variety of themed workshops and demonstrations. The first event, running this Saturday and on Sunday, is "Robotics," a program where kids can explore the world of robotics in movies like "Transformers" and "Wall-E" and build robots of their own. Other events include an animation workshop on Tuesday, February 19; an activity about the science of superheroes and their gadgets on Friday, February 22; and programs about the "Twilight," "Star Wars" and "Harry Potter" series. There will also be daily pyrotechnic demonstrations at 1 p.m. Each event is included with museum admission: $13 for adults, $12 for seniors and college students, $11 for ages 3 to 18 and free for museum members and children under 3. For tickets and the full "Movie Magic" schedule, visit

As a delightful detour in the ongoing "LEGO Travel Exhibition" at the Strong National Museum of Play (1Manhattan Square), the museum will present its Travel-tastic School Break Week from Saturday, February 16, through Sunday, February 24. The program features a display of vintage vehicles and transportation artifacts from the museum's collections, and also includes a full-size off-road baja vehicle constructed by Rochester Institute of Technology students. This special exhibit is included with museum tickets: $13 for general admission and free for museum members and children under 2. Visit for more info and events.


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