10 ways to beat cabin fever this week

Photo by Wendy Kissinger

Is the snow starting to get to you? Are your kids already bored, even though winter vacation has only begun? Here’s your go-to list for fun, free or inexpensive things to do this week.

Wounded Warrior’s Benefit Chili-Fest
Friday, February 14th

This is a cause near and dear to Meadowbrook Saloon owner Anita Altieri’s heart. Check out what Wounded Warrior is all about here. There will be “loads of chili” at the event as well as music by Bad Habit. Other activities include “Kissing for fun” and “full moon bounty hunt” (we can only guess.) This event is probably suited for ages 18+.

Cost: $10.00 donation (100% of profits go to Wounded Warrior)
Time: 5:00pm – 10:00pm Location: 119 Meadowbrook Rd., Glen, NY
More Information: 518-912-7777 / Facebook

Dreaming of Spring”
Saturday, February 15th

Make a flower bouquet out of recycled materials

Cost: Free  Time: 10:30am
Location: Upstairs at the Amsterdam Free Library, 28 Church Street, Amsterdam, NY

Written and visual poetry
Saturday, February 15th

With local authors and retired AHS teachers Maureen Hand and Jane Riley

Cost: Free  Time: 10:30am
Location: Downstairs at the Amsterdam Free Library, 28 Church Street, Amsterdam, NY
More information: http://www.amsterdamlibrary.com

Winter Break Roller Skating
Monday, February 17th through Friday, February 21st

High Rollers Fun Center will be open every afternoon during winter break from February 17th to the 21st

Cost: $5.00 admission  Time: 1:00pm to 3:30pm
Location: 4313 State Hwy 30, Amsterdam, NY
More information: www.highrollersfun.com/schedulecalendar.html

Preschool Story Hour
Monday, February 17th

Baby Loves Winter by Karen Katz. Children will be engaged through movement and song activities, as well as focusing on the development of fine motor skills, counting, and color recognition.

Cost: Free

Time: 10:30am Location: Upstairs at the Amsterdam Free Library, 28 Church Street, Amsterdam, NY
More information: http://www.amsterdamlibrary.com

Walter Elwood Museum February Break Camp
Tuesday, February 18th through Thursday, February 20th

Limited spaces are still available. Parents are welcome to stay with any child at no extra charge and are encouraged with children under age.

Tuesday: Presidents’ Day Arts and Crafts FUN!
Come hear some true and funny stories about past presidents and make a few unique crafts to take home in celebration of Lincoln and Washington’s birthdays. Join us for a fun and educational time for children of all ages.

Wednesday: Let’s Get Tribal & Pretend to be a Mohawk Indian
Come learn about the life of a Mohawk Indian and do what they did. Take home some great Native American traditional crafts and treasures!

Cost: $10 per day. $5 per day for members. (Scholarships are available through the Dr. Rao Charitable Foundation upon request.)
Time: 10:00am to 12:00pm
Location: Walter Elwood Museum at the Rao Center, 100 Church St, Amsterdam, NY
More information: Contact Ann Peconie, Director at 518 -843-5151 or email director@walterelwoodmuseum.org

The museum will also be open free of charge on Saturday, February 15th from 10am to 4pm.

Ice Skating

Free everyday at Shuttleworth Park, Amsterdam

Lacrosse Clinic
Monday, February 17th through Friday, February 21st

This clinic is intended for students grades 3 through 6, or any beginning lacrosse player. Amsterdam high school lacrosse coaches will teach your child basic lacrosse skills. You must bring your own stick.

Cost: Free Time: 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Location: Youth Recreation Center (at Bacon School), 40 Henrietta Ave, Amsterdam, NY
More information: Call 518 841-4369 or email rcushing@amsterdamny.gov

Creative Connections Classes

Tuesday February 18th

4:00 pm Herbology (Children’s Class)
6:30 pm Herbology (Adult Class)
Cost: $17 (includes materials)

Wednesday, February 19th

6:00 pm Intro to DJ’ing & Intro to Music Recording and Production
Cost: $5

Thursday, February 20th

3:15 pm After-school Art for grades 2-8
Cost: $8 (includes materials)

5:00 pm Superhero Comic Book Creation
Cost: $10

Location: 303 East Main St, Amsterdam, NY

Go sledding

Some good places to go sledding in the area:
Amsterdam Municipal Golf Course, 158 Van Dyke Ave, Amsterdam (also good for cross country skiing)
Four Diamonds, Lindburgh St, Amsterdam, NY

Bonus: Have a snowmobile? Visit http://www.visitmontgomerycountyny.com/ for a map of all the snowmobile trails in the area

Did we miss anything? Leave your ideas for beating cabin fever in the comments section!