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Parents have lots of resources to keep their children busy over winter break.

From ice skating to making paper plate snowmen, Watertown has something to keep the under-18 set from complaining of boredom.

n Roswell P. Flower Memorial Library, 229 Washington St.

Through Jan. 31, the children’s room will have a craft table labeled “The Imagination Station.” Children will be able to create crafts from 9:30 a.m. until a half-hour before the library closes.

One craft that inspires the goodwill of the season is the Sandy Hook Snowflake project. Children can decorate a snowflake that will be sent to Newtown, Conn., to decorate Sandy Hook Elementary. Snowflakes can be left at the children’s room desk.

While a librarian will not be leading the crafts, parents are asked to help any children who need help making paper plate snowmen, a New Year’s Eve party hat, penguin masks or Christmas tree ornaments, Children’s Librarian Ashley J. Pickett said.

n Sci-Tech Museum of Northern New York, 154 Stone St.

The museum will be open every day of winter break except Christmas. According to Executive Director Steve A. Karon, there will be two children’s workshops Thursday. At 10:30 a.m., 4- to 8-year-old children will have a workshop on magnetism and magnets. At 1:30 p.m., 8- to 13-year-olds will have a “whodunit” workshop exploring the science of chromatography.

On New Year’s Day, the museum is celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Alder Gulch, Mont., gold strike by giving each child who visits a piece of fool’s gold.

“When children are out of school, it gives them an opportunity to get to Sci-Tech more easily,” Mr. Karon said.

n The New York State Zoo at Thompson Park.

Holiday Winter Wonderland Weekends will continue this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. From 5:30 to 9 p.m., the zoo will be lit up for parents and children alike to walk through.

This weekend, Executive Director John T. Wright plans to read “The Night Before Christmas” at various times of the evening.

“It’s a slow time of year for us, but we’re trying to increase our winter activities,” he said.

n Watertown Municipal Arena, 600 William T. Fields Drive.

The arena will be open during its regular hours for public skating, according to Celia B. Cook, program manager for the city Department of Parks and Recreation.

Additionally, the Privateers will play on Thursday, Friday and Saturday starting at 7 p.m.

n Jefferson County Historical Society, 228 Washington St.

Model trains are displayed throughout the museum until February. In the basement is a track depicting Watertown that children can play with.

“The kids come away having had a good time,” Executive Director William G. Wood said.

In the parlor is a model train from 1933 that visitors can see but not touch.

The museum is closed Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday to observe the holidays. It will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

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