Regional Tourism Council releases list of family-focused activities to enjoy during school break week

Pittsford, N.Y. - As families prepare for the upcoming school break, the Finger Lakes Region is encouraging locals to take a vacation - in their own backyard. The Finger Lakes Regional Tourism Council (FLRTC), the official promotion organization for the 14-county Finger Lakes Region, has released a list of activities, specials, and events taking place during February Break. Their goal is to remind those living locally that they don't have to travel to enjoy a vast range of family-friendly activities, and to encourage families to use the time off to get out and explore more of the region they call home.

Activities and packages include: 

  • Splash and Stay at Hope Lake Lodges' Cascades Indoor Waterpark - Enjoy splashes, sprays, and water slides with a pass to Cascades for those registered guests staying overnight at the Lodge. Phone: 844-330-1838 | Website:
  • Winter Art Camp at The Schweinfurth Art Center - Designed for grades 6-10, Cermanics - Handbuilding & Pottery Wheel will guide students through exercises to help them explore the world of creating ceramic pieces by hand and on the potter's wheel. Appropriate for students who are new or have little experience with the potter's wheel. Classes are held Monday-Friday, February 20-24 from 9am to noon, daily. Pre-registration required. Website:
  • Rodgers + Hammerstein's CINDERELLA at Clemens Center - Good for the whole family! The Tony Award®- winning Broadway musical features an incredible orchestra, jaw-dropping transformations, and all the moments audiences know and love-the pumpkin, the glass slipper, the masked ball, and some surprising new twists. Tuesday, Feb. 21, Wednesday, Feb. 22, and Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017 at 7:00 PM. Phone: 607-734-8191 | Website:
  • Family Entertainment at Roseland Bowl Family Fun Center - This 30,000-square foot facility holds 34 traditional bowling lanes, 8 VIP bowling lanes in a private setting, an arcade, laser tag, and bumper cars. Food and beverage options are available on location. Phone: 585-394-5050 | Website:
  • Free Youth February at the Seneca Park Zoo - The Seneca Park Zoo is offering free youth admission during Winter Recess, making the Zoo a great place to visit while school is out. Enjoy visiting with animals such as the Amur tigers, Canada lynx, polar bear, and gray wolves, who are all active during the colder months. Website:
  • Turn Up the Heat with the Corning Museum of Glass - Learn how glass made it possible for scientists and artists to see tiny living creatures once invisible to the human eye at the special CMOG exhibit: Revealing the Invisible: The History of Glass and the Microscope. Explore the Contemporary Art + Design Wing and experience large displays, like the very cool, newly installed Soma 2015. The display is inspired by organic forms and comprised of hundreds of tinted glass filaments and tiny light bulbs - and is so big they had to give it its own room. Watch glassblowing and glass breaking demonstrations, then make some glass art you can take home. Kids 17 and under always get in for free. Website:
  • Frost Winter Treats at Colonial Pottery & Creamery - Homemade small batch ice cream and waffle cones, including vegan offerings found in downtown Watkins Glen. View their active beehive and enjoy handcrafted pottery, ceramics, and other local items. Winter Hours: Friday and Saturday, 3-9pm. Website:
  • Dining Weeks in Syracuse - Participating restaurants, local to Downtown Syracuse, will serve three courses for $25 or less from Feb. 15 through Mar. 1. Enjoy a meal with the family, and make it a real "staycation" by choosing to stay at a downtown hotel - the Courtyard by Marriott Syracuse Downtown at Armory Square, the Residence Inn by Marriott Syracuse Downtown at Armory Square, the Jefferson Clinton Hotel, and the Marriott Syracuse Downtown*. All three have gotten involved with the promotion for a special $185 room rate. As part of the "Sleep-Over Package," guests will receive a $25 credit for dinner at one of the 32 participating Downtown Dining Weeks restaurants, in addition to free parking. *Please note, at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown, the $25 voucher is only redeemable at its restaurant, Eleven Waters.
  • Art Activities at The Arts Center of Yates County - Enjoy an art related activity each day of the week during winter break, right in historic Penn Yan. At The Arts Center of Yates County, sessions can range from a watercolor class, to wallet making, to extracting syrup out of hickory tree bark. The classes are for kids, and typically run from 10am to noon. The cost is just $5 per child. Phone: 315-536-8226 | Website:

The activities offered in the Finger Lakes aren't only for the kids. Ithaca is hosting its 11th year of "Ithaca Loves Teachers Winter Recess" a celebration of teachers, school district employees, and their families. Beginning Friday, Feb. 17 through Sunday, Feb. 26 the education community can take advantage of entertainment, activities, fun for the kids, and discounts on accommodations, shopping, and more. The city encourages teachers to relax, refresh, and renew during winter recess. A full list of discounts, freebies and events for the "Ithaca Loves Teachers" week can be found at:


"Our entire region is a haven for families looking to spend some quality time together," says Carol Eaton, Vice President of Marketing for Visit Syracuse. "In Syracuse we have places like The MOST and Destiny USA, that are great spots for families to take advantage of all year-round. In the Finger Lakes, during February Break especially, we are lucky to have so many options for families to spend time together, learn a new skill, or just enjoy a break from school."


The Finger Lakes Regional Tourism Council


The breathtaking Finger Lakes takes its name from eleven lakes spanning the region like a giant handprint, stretching from its easternmost point in Onondaga County to its westernmost border in Livingston County, near Letchworth State Park. Boasting a mix of nature trails and natural beauty, wineries and breweries scattered across the region, and quaint villages close to large metropolitan areas, the Finger Lakes Vacation Region has a plethora of tourist attractions within its borders.


In January 2014, the 14 Official County Tourism Promotion Agencies of the Finger Lakes Vacation Region formed a 501(c)(3) organization known as the Finger Lakes Regional Tourism Council (FLRTC). The FLRTC Board includes representation from all 14 TPAs and counties: Cayuga, Chemung, Cortland, Livingston, Monroe, Onondaga, Ontario, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Tioga, Tompkins, Wayne and Yates. For information about attractions and events throughout the Finger Lakes region, visit or call 1-888-408-1693. 


Media Contact:

Nicole Mahoney

Regional Director, FLRTC