If you can endure the chill in the air, winter can offer some unique and fun experiences. With a seasonal backdrop that can enhance aesthetic appeal, regional offerings run the gamut from art and sport to festival and community. If outdoor conditions aren't quite manageable, there's still plenty of enjoyment to be had indoors. Today, WNY Catholic Schools is suggesting four options to get and the family up and off the couch through the rest of January.
Curling at Canalside | Canalside | Winter
Curling isn't just for viewing during the Olympics any more! Now Western New Yorkers can try it themselves at one of two curling lanes located at Canalside -- both are open and available to reserve during open skate hours.
If you hold your match or matches before 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday through Fridays, you'll receive a complimentary pre and post-game refreshment. Your reservation includes instructor and all the equipment you'll need -- brushes, grippers and sliders, stones. All interested parties are urged to reserve a lane at the Canalside website.
Sunday: 10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. Tuesday/Wednesday: 3:00-7:00 p.m., Thursday: 11:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.
Friday/Saturday: 10:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.
Cost: $15 per person for one hour (minimum of 4 people, max of 10 people)
Winterfest at the Harlem Road Community Center | Saturday, January 21
Harlem Community Center, located in Amherst, invites Western New Yorkers to its Winterfest. The event will be filled with family-friendly activities including horse drawn carriage rides and games. Additionally, hot refreshments and complimentary snacks will be served. Indoor gym activities will also be offered including cookie decorating and crafts. For more information on the free event, you can head over to the Amherst Youth and Recreation website
Time: noon-3:00 p.m.
Location: 4255 Harlem Road, Amherst
Third Annual Larkinville Ice Festival | Saturday, January 28
Celebrate the first month of the New Year with a day of winter fun and neighborhood-wide celebration
. The Boardwalk at Larkinville Square will feature a myriad of family-friendly activities including a sledding hill, face painting, lawn games, spin art and other games. A winter holiday market and food will be available via food trucks or inside the Filling Station Restaurant. Guests will be able to warm up with "Snowga," a special Independent Health-sponsored session of Fitness in the Parks and/or enjoy a game of hockey on an on-site rink or sit on an ice thrown for a fun photo op!
Larkinville Businesses will also feature unique activities and both parking and entry is free and open to the public.
Location: 745 Seneca Street, Buffalo NY
Time: 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Paint Draw Snack!
What's the only thing that beats snacks? You guessed it, snacks with art! At Buffalo Arts Studio's "Paint Draw Snack!" program, students will have the opportunity to learn art elements, principles of design and a variety of drawing and painting techniques. The 6-week program includes materials and, as the title suggests, includes tasty snacks to fuel those burning creative juices! You can learn more at the BAS website
Buffalo Arts Studio (BAS) is a not-for-profit arts organization whose mission is to provide affordable studio space and exposure for visual artists while creating community cultural connections through exhibitions, public art, and educational programs.
2495 Main St., Buffalo, New York 14214
Time: 10:00 a.m.-noon, Saturdays January 21 - Feb 25
WNY Catholic Schools believes parents are their children's first and most important teachers. We encourage strong, supportive family relationships and those bonds are integral to our network of schools, many of which are regularly recognized as the best private elementary schools in Buffalo NY. Whether you're part of our high schools in Buffalo NY, elementary schools in Buffalo NY or any other of our private schools in WNY, we encourage you make time for family outings. So zipper up those jackets and put on those mittens, because winter has so much to offer!