For those not spending February break on the sandy beaches of Florida or snow-covered slopes of Vermont, each day presents another challenge of finding an activity for the kids home from school. Thankfully, there are many options out there. Here are some ways to enjoy — not just survive — this week's vacation.
* Fun in the snow
Maybe you can't send the kids out in the yard to play in the snow, but they're making snow and fully up and running at Campgaw in Mahwah and they've got special hours and discounts for this week. They are open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m today through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The three discount specials: $10 twilight ticket for after 5 p.m.; snow tubing, four tickets for $66, if purchased online (some time restrictions apply); discount on group lessons $55 lesson/rental/pass, if purchased online.
Campgaw Mountain, 200 Campgaw Road, Mahwah; 201-327-7800, skicampgaw.com.
* A day at the museum
New Jersey Children's Museum is offering a week of special crafts. Craft-a-saurus week, as they are calling it, runs from Tuesday to Friday and each day will have a different dinosaur craft, including hats, fossils and pet dinos from recycled objects. Before and after the craft, enjoy the museum's other exhibits, ideal for keeping those younger kids engaged and happy. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Thursday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Normally closed on Mondays, the museum is open President's Day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
NJCM, 599 Valley Health Plaza, Paramus; 201-262-5151, njcm.com; $10 for adults and any child 1 and older.
* All aboard the Intrepid
For those willing to head across the Hudson, it is Kids Week 2012 at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. Every day has a theme and related activities. Space and Aviation Day, Broadway Day, Puppet Day, Sports Day and Birthday Day bring special guests like Spider-man, Sesame Street characters, a NASA astronaut, former tennis player Patrick McEnroe and more, as well as exhibits and entertainment for all ages.
Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, Pier 86, West 46th Street and 12th Avenue, Manhattan. intrepidmuseum.org, 877-957-7447; open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Tickets are $24 for adults, $20 for seniors and U.S. college students, $19 for children 7 to 17 and $12 for children 3 to 6 and children under 3 are free.
* Cooking up treats
Chef Central is offering a couple of special classes this week. Tuesday is Cooking for Kids: Mini cherry pies a la mode for kids 3 to 5; 1 and 4 p.m., $15. On Thursday, it's Cooking for Big Kids: Pocket Pies for kids age 6 to 10. 7 p.m., $20.
WannaBeeChef is offering I love Cupcakes on Tuesday at 1 p.m. for kids 7 and up. $45.
Chef Central, 240 Route 17 north, Paramus; chefcentral.com, 201-576-0100, register online for classes.
WannaBeeChef, 18 Union Ave., Cresskill; wannabeechef.com, 201-503-0335.
* Don't forget the movies
There are plenty of possibilities for kids at local theaters this week including the G-rated"The Secret World of Arrietty" and "Beauty and the Beast" (in 3-D); and PG-rated "Big Miracle," "Star Wars: Phantom Menace" (in 3-D) and "Journey 2: The Mysterious Island."