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Highmark BCBSWNY hosting series of free events for families during winter break


Wed, Feb 15th 2023 07:00 am

‘February Fun’ features family-friendly activities at local destinations

Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Western New York (Highmark BCBSWNY) is presenting its seventh annual “February Fun,” a week-long series of free activities for families to enjoy during winter break (Sunday, Feb. 19, through Saturday, Feb. 25).

“This year more than ever, we know that families in our community are looking for ways to get out of the house and have fun during this winter break,” said Maureen Hanagan, manager, community affairs, Highmark BCBSWNY. “Highmark BCSBWNY is proud to offer families an exciting lineup of free and fun activities to take part in while school is out.”

The local health plan is carrying on its annual tradition by partnering with community organizations to offer activities and events for families and children of all ages. Events include free skates at the Ice at Canalside and Classic Rink in East Aurora, “Family Fun Day” at Explore & More Children’s Museum, and the City of Buffalo’s “Buy Black Buffalo” event at the Broadway Market. This year’s schedule also boasts the return of a fan favorite: the “KeyBank Center Free Skate.” Families are invited to join Sabretooth on the ice for a free skate and complimentary refreshments.

Schedule of free events:

√ Sunday, Feb. 19, 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. – Explore & More Museum “Family Fun Day.” Free admission for Highmark BCBSWNY members, pay what you will for non-Highmark BCBSWNY member

√ Monday, Feb. 20, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Canalside free skate

√ Tuesday, Feb. 21, 1-2 p.m. – Rolly Pollies open play: Orchard Park

√ Tuesday, Feb. 21, 3-4 p.m. – Rolly Pollies open play: East Amherst

√ Wednesday, Feb. 22, 4-4:45 p.m. – “KeyBank Center Free Skate”

√ Thursday, Feb. 23, 3 – 5 p.m. – Classic Rink East Aurora free skate

√ Friday, Feb. 24, 2-3 p.m. – Rolly Pollies open play: North Buffalo

√ Saturday, Feb. 25, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. – “Buy Black Buffalo” at the Broadway Market

New to this year’s lineup are free open play sessions at Rolly Pollies’ Orchard Park, East Amherst and North Buffalo locations. Event organizers said, “These classes provide children from 4 months to 9 years with an opportunity to explore and strengthen motor skills in safe, interactive and engaging locations.”

Rolly Pollies owner Jim Fleckenstein said, “We’re excited to partner with Highmark BCBSWNY for this year’s ‘February Fun’ program. As a local, family-owned business, we connect deeply with the organization’s focus on healthy children in our community, and look forward to welcoming area families for some fitness, creativity, music and fun!”

For those who cannot attend in-person events, Highmark BCBSWNY’s “February Fun” page provides activities that families can do on their own schedule, including downloadable coloring and activity pages, healthy recipes, and ideas for fun outdoor winter activities throughout Western New York.

A full schedule of events and registration information is available at www.bcbswny.com/februaryfun.

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