January 25, 2014

Families just wanna have fun

PLATTSBURGH — The 2014 Snowball program promises 28 fun-filled days in February. 

The North Country winter celebration is a collaboration between local agencies to offer children and families stimulating programming to beat the midwinter doldrums.

“We’ve got 23 organizations putting together a bounty of programming everything from cross-country skiing to storytelling and museums being open,” said Amy Bonn of the Champlain Valley Transportation Museum in Plattsburgh.

Participating organizations include the Champlain Centre mall, Plattsburgh YMCA and SUNY Plattsburgh’s Art Museum, English Department and Physics Club. The Transportation Museum was the lead organization responsible for the schedule of events that can be viewed online at

Snowball evolved out of the recognition that many community activities were going on independent of each other. Branding the disparate offerings with a concentrated marketing campaign gives families easier access and fosters community spirit.

“There’s something for everybody,” Bonn said. “It’s almost all free and low cost.”

The Transportation Museum is hosting “Science Saturdays” with hands-on science experiments for kids.

“We have the Imaginarium Children’s Museum’s program ‘Musical Monday,’” Bonn said. “We’ve just been really fortunate. We’re on a shoestring budget, so we don’t have a lot of money to spend on special events. When one organization’s budget was cut, Plattsburgh Pediatrics is underwriters of the program this year because they believe in it.”

January’s frigid temps and icy aftermath made the Adventure Course a no-go at the Transportation Museum. It has been relocated to the Cedar Knoll Building of The Development Corps. Children can test their mettle on the course 2 p.m. every Saturday.

The Clinton County Youth Bureau and the Town of Plattsburgh Recreation Department teamed up for the course.

“We’re offering a series of winter-adventure races, which are similar to our Summer Fun programs but it’s an obstacle course,” said Molly Flynn, recreation director at the Clinton County Youth Bureau.

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