The kids get out of school for summer vacation in a few short weeks. Have you thought about how to keep them busy for the next couple months and avoid hearing those dreaded words "I'm bored". TripBuzz.com found several places to go and things to do that won't land you in bankruptcy court.

  1. Utica Zoo: On 40 acres of land, and with over 200 animals on display from several different continents and countries, the zoo will certainly entertain kids of all ages. Prices range from $4.75 - $8.00 and is open 363 days of the year.
  2. Children's Museum of History, Science & Technology:  The museum offers 60 exhibits of educational experiences and hands - on experiments. Admission is age dependent ranging from $6.00 - $7.00.
  3. Pin-O-Rama Lanes: This is a 48 - lane bowling facility featuring automatic scoring and flat screen monitors. Click here for daily pricing rates.
  4. Adirondack Scenic Railroad: This has been delighting train enthusiasts for 25 years. It features train excursions to various locations throughout upstate and Central New York. Purchase tickets by clicking here.
  5. New King Pin Lanes:  This is a 32 - lane bowling alley featuring bumper lanes, cosmic bowling and leagues. This facility also has a pro shop and party packages. Various pricing packages available by clicking here.
  6. Fort Stanwix National Monument: This is a restored Revolutionary War fort and museum located in the city of Rome, NY. Fort Stanwix displays original artifacts and exhibits from that time period. Call 315-336-2090 for hours of operation.
  7. Fort Rickey Game Farm: This is a zoo unlike any other. Fort Rickey Game Farm hosts a children zoo which allows visitors to interact with the animals. During the fall season, the farm hosts a fall festival in which visitors can paint pumpkins.  Fort Rickey's rates and hours vary by season.
  8. H.P. Sears Service Station Museum: This is the only remaining service station of the original design. It features a nostalgic exterior and educational interior and is home to an authentic gas pump, oil changing station and various other artifacts from 1929. More information can be found at their website.
  9. Erie Canal Village: Located on the historic Erie Canal, this features historical timelines, artifacts, and much more. A learning experience for kids of all ages. Click here for various age dependent rates
  10. Peterpaul Recreation Park: this family entertainment park provides activities including go-karts, bumper boats and batting cages. There's a pavilion for private parties, arcade games and a snack bar.  Call 315-339-2666 for pricing information.

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