By now, if the kids are home for Mid-Winter break, they may be really ready for something to do other than TV, video games or going to Grandma's. So, here's another idea that they kids are sure to enjoy.

We used to take our kids to The Children's Museum Of History, Nat'l History, Science & Technology at 311 Main Street in downtown Utica, right next to the train station. There's so much to see and do there for kids, and it's reasonably priced.

If you've never been, here's a brief description from their website museum4kids.net:

February 2013 Winter Break Activities..

at The Children's Museum, 311 Main Street, Utica, NY

Mon., Feb. 18; Tues. Feb. 19th; Thurs. Feb. 21st, Fri. Feb, 22nd & Sat. Feb. 23rd, 2013- (closed Wed.)

Winter Break Activities (run between 9:30a-11:30a -from 1/2 hr to 1 hr in length, we'll announce them, meantime enjoy the 100's of interactive exhibits on the floors) Activities will include: Monday; Living Science Critters; Tuesday -Train Trivia. Thursday: Planetarium/STEM Center & Bullying/Stranger Danger; Friday: Healthy Kids Hut Puppets; Saturday: Solar/ Wind/ Sustainable Energy & Erie Canal Fun. (Airplane Rides & operating the trains on 4th floor will be every day activities from 10:45-11:00am).

Special Admission: $6. Children 3-17; $7. Seniors/Vets; $8. Adults (2 years old & under + Members Free) (other coupons not valid with this special reduced admission) * "

Watch this video of the opening of the Erie Canal Exhibit last November: