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Fun Ideas for Winter Vacations with Better Family Health in Mind | Local News

Both insurers hold these and other similar events throughout the year to impact health and wellbeing across the region.

Sakari performs in the Polar Bear exhibit at the Buffalo Zoo.

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You don’t have to leave home for most Hallmark winter vacation activities. This includes recipes for making healthy family snacks as well as the ability to download February-themed coloring book pages and instructions for creating a “Snow Pal” outdoors.

Find them and register for the following events on The site also includes information on outdoor activities at 32 area parks.

Central Rock Gym, 55 Chicago St., is kicking off special events from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Monday with a $5 discount on a day pass for rock climbing and free rental equipment as long as it lasts. Unlike the other events below, the discount is exclusive to Hallmark members.

The zoo, 300 Parkside Ave., is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday through Sunday during the winter. Next week it will also be open at the same times on Mondays.

“Not many people are willing to brave the cold and snow to get outside, but many of our animals are very active in the winter and in the snow,” said Jackie Levinson, School Programs Team Leader. “Our polar bears, for example, love this time of year. They often swim in their pools in the dead of winter, in the middle of a snowstorm, without any worries.