PLATTSBURGH — The Town of Plattsburgh Recreation Department is offering a chance for students to break out of the norm during winter recess.
Ice skating, archery and cross-country skiing are among the programs designed to help keep kids active physically while their minds take an annual vacation from the classroom.
“During the February school break, most families don’t go away, so we were looking for some free or low-cost activities,” said Erin Pangborn, recreation program coordinator for the town.
The programs planned for the week of Feb. 17 through 22 are all free of charge.
One of the activities is already drawing attention, as the first of weekly Winter Adventure Races was held last Saturday.
“Everybody loved the course, so we’re hoping to have even more kids this weekend,” Pangborn said.
The Winter Adventure Races, co-sponsored by the Clinton County Youth Bureau, are open to youths of all ages and will be held at the old Cedar Knoll Building on Military Turnpike (now owned by TDC).
They began Feb. 1 and will run every Saturday through Feb. 22. Registration begins at 2 p.m., with the races starting at 2:15.
The course is open to the elements, so participants are encouraged to dress for the weather.
FAMILY ICE SKATING
Another crowd-pleasing event on the lineup is Family Ice Skating at the SUNY Plattsburgh Field House.
“The Family Ice Skating is very popular; we usually have over 100 at each day,” Pangborn said.
The free ice time, co-sponsored by Plattsburgh Pediatrics, is open to any Clinton County resident from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. Feb. 17 and 21. Skate rentals will be available for $2 a pair.
Included in the activities are archery instructional classes for children ages 8 to 13.
While archery has always had a following in the North Country, the popularity of a certain franchise has played a role in increased interest.