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BlueShield Presents Free, Healthy Fun for Community During Winter Break

Series Features Virtual Fieldtrips and Activities with Area’s Most Beloved Family-Friendly Destinations

February 11, 2021

Latham, N.Y. — BlueShield of Northeastern New York is presenting February Fun in 2021, a week-long series of free, virtual fieldtrips and activities for families to enjoy during Winter Break from Monday, Feb. 15 through Friday, Feb. 19.

The local health plan tapped into its most-beloved community partners to host the series, including the Capital District YMCA, MiSci Museum of Innovation & Science, and the Tri-City ValleyCats.  

With something for everyone, families in the community will have free access to virtual daily scheduled events, like kids’ fitness classes; science demonstrations; trivia; story times; and field trips to the Buffalo Zoo, the NYS Capital Sites and The New York State Museum. For those looking for more flexibility, BlueShield is also providing activities that families can do on their own schedule, like downloadable coloring and activity pages, healthy recipes, and a guide to safe, outdoor winter activities in the Capital Region, plus, opportunities to pick up at-home craft kits.

“We understand that families in our community are looking for new ways to keep busy while staying healthy during the pandemic, and especially during the cold winter months,” said Keith Dolan, Regional Executive, BlueShield of Northeastern New York. “As a community-based, not-for-profit health plan that’s been serving the region for more than 75 years, BlueShield is pleased to offer our community a broad variety of free, fun, and most importantly, safe activities this Winter Break.”

Individuals interested in participating in any of the free virtual events are required to pre-register as space is limited. For more information about February Fun in 2021 and for a full list of winter activities, visit BlueShield of Northeastern New York on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.  Additional information will also be available at

Please see below for a full list of free events during February Fun in 2021:

Scheduled February Fun in 2021 Events

Monday, Feb. 15

CDYMCA Branches


Craft Kit Pickup

Monday Feb. 15 - Feb. 19

5:45 a.m. – 7 p.m.


*Please check for updated hours prior to picking up craft kits.

Get creative with BlueShield and The Capital District YMCA! Complimentary craft and activity kits will be available for pick up at any of the participating Capital District YMCA branches from Monday, Feb. 15 through Friday, Feb. 19 while supplies last. 

Participating branches: 

  • Bethlehem YMCA
  • Greenbush YMCA 
  • Guilderland YMCA 
  • Southern Saratoga YMCA 

MiSci Museum of Innovation & Science


Rosie Revere: Engineer

10—11 a.m.

Participants will have the opportunity to learn about the science of engineering through an engaging story, Rosie Revere: Engineer, and build their own flying machine to test and improve its performance.

*Best for grades K-2

*Event will also be hosted Friday, Feb. 19 from 10—11 a.m.

MiSci Museum of Innovation & Science


Engineering Mission

11 a.m. —12 p.m. 

As part of the Engineering Mission, participants will design, build, test, and redesign a shock-absorbing system that protects two marshmallow “astronauts” while they land on the moon. 

*Best for grades 3-8

*Event will also be hosted Friday, Feb. 19 from 11 a.m. —12 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 16

MiSci Museum of Innovation & Science


Crime Lab Science
10—11 a.m.

Participants will learn about forensic science and how evolving technology helps scientists and detectives discover the truth about mysterious criminal cases. “Detectives in training” will participate in a mock investigation where they identify the main types of fingerprints, explore the science of chromatography, learn about DNA and how use all the evidence to identify the culprit.

*Best for grades 3-8

*Event will also be hosted Thursday, Feb. 18 from 10—11 a.m.

MiSci Museum of Innovation & Science

Fun with Physics
11 a.m. —12 p.m.

Physics is everywhere, even when we play! Participants will have the opportunity to observe and identify different forces by observing Bernoulli’s principle, falling objects, gyroscopes and more. In the second half of the program, participants create a helicopter toy to illustrate the principles that they have investigated.

*Best for grades 3-8

*Event will also be hosted Thursday, Feb. 18 from 11 a.m. —12 p.m.

Tri-City ValleyCats


Virtual Trivia

1 p.m. (Grades K-2)

and 2:30 p.m. (Grades 3-5)

Participants will test their knowledge on a variety of topics alongside the Tri-City ValleyCats for an afternoon of virtual trivia from the comfort of their own home.

Wednesday, Feb. 17

The Buffalo Zoo


Virtual Field Trip: Wild Winter Animals

1—2 p.m.

Join the Buffalo Zoo for a WILD Winter Animals field trip! How do animals prepare for the winter and seasonal changes? The Buffalo Zoo will explain how they observe animals and explore clever winter survival strategies such as migration, hibernation, and other amazing adaptations.

Monkey See, Monkey Do


Reading with Rio: The ABC's of Black History
10—11 a.m

New York Times Best Selling Author Rio Cortez will read participants The ABC's of Black History during Storytime presented by Monkey See, Monkey Do children’s bookstore.

Unscheduled February Fun in 2021 Events


Virtual Kids Fitness

The Capital District YMCA will lead a virtual kids fitness class that will be live on their website all week until Friday, Feb. 19. 


Virtual Field Trips

NYS Capital Sites and The New York State Museum

Take a virtual field trip through the historic NYS Capital sites or explore the programs and exhibits at the NYS Museum – all from your own home!


Enjoy the Great Outdoors

Safe Winter Fun in the Capital Region

Winter in the Capital Region is full of family-friendly activities — from sledding to cross-country skiing and everything in between. Get outside in the fresh winter air and stay active!


Creative Cooking

Healthy Recipes to Try at Home

Did someone say snack time? Check out our kid-approved, healthy, and delicious snack recipes.


Art at Home

Coloring and Activity Pages

Coloring and activity pages highlight everything we love about February. Once you finish coloring a sheet, post your artwork on social media and tag BlueShield of Northeastern New York on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.