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.
“I think it has grown because of the ‘Hunger Games,’” Pangborn confirmed. “We have five different sessions during the summer.”
The classes, for residents of the Town of Plattsburgh, will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Feb. 18 and 20 at Gander Mountain. Admission is free, and equipment will be provided.
Space is limited, and pre-registration is required by calling the Recreation Department at 562-6860.
The Family Snowshoe/Cross-Country Skiing program, co-sponsored by the Clinton County Youth Bureau, is available to all Clinton County residents.
It will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Feb. 18 through 21 at the Cadyville Recreation Park. All equipment is provided.
Pre-registration is required by calling the Town of Plattsburgh Recreation Department at 562-6860.
The Hearty Kids program uses the Organ Wise Guys to teach kids ages 8 to 12 how their body works and how to keep their organs in healthy shape. It will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. Feb. 18 through 21 at the Crete Civic Center.
Co-sponsored by the Clinton County Youth Bureau and City of Plattsburgh Recreation Department, other activities will include a healthy snack and games. Pre-registration, open to Clinton County residents, is required by calling 565-4750.
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TO LEARN MORE
For further information and a list of current and upcoming programs, call the Town of Plattsburgh Recreation Department at 562-6860 or visit www.townofplattsburghrecreation.com.