Winter Family Fun Guide


Starr Hill

Location: Starr Park Rt. 36 in Leicester, NY, Park in the Presbyterian Church parking lot. A favorite hometown sledding location! You can really gain some speed on this decent sized hill. Ask the local kids to ride on “The Grinch” for some added fun. Remember to stop by Gatherings at the Depot for some hot chocolate and cookies to refuel! Admission: Free

Mendon Ponds Park(two designated hills)

Direct from their website- “There are two designated sledding hills located across from the Cavalry House Lodge on Douglas Road, and next to the East and West Lodges on Canfield Road.  Many trails are groomed throughout the winter, which accommodate the more than 20 miles of marked cross country skiing and snowshoeing trails.”


95 Douglas Rd
Honeoye Falls, NY 14472
(585) 753-7275


Polar Wave: (Note: tentative opening date Dec 26th)

We seem to always hear Polar Wave commercials on the radio. Here is place for the whole family…and the best part is that they have a machine that pulls up your tube for you!


3500 Harloff Road
Batavia, New York 14020

2 Hour Visit: Regular $14
2 Hour Visit: Tots $10
3 Hour Visit: Regular $16
3 Hour Visit: Tots $12
Get $1 off tickets at Wegmans!

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Ice Skating

Scottsville Ice Area

This is the closest area that we know of that you can go public ice skating indoors. It gets pretty busy on weekend nights so we suggest you get there early. As with any ice rink, it’s nice to dress in layers. Moisture wiking fabric would work great too! There is a place where you can get food and a bar if you want to hang out! Also a pro-shop for the die hard hockey player.

Open Saturdays 7-9pm and Sunday 3-5pm

Skating Fees:

Children less than 5 years old: $3.00
Family Pack (limit 5) $20.00
Skate Rental: $3.00/pair

Located in the East End District of downtown Rochester and adjacent to the Strong Museum, Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Park (formally Manhattan Square Park) is a great spot to take the family. They have also have a heated area which is nice to let the kids go free.

Skating Fees:

Adults: $5
17 and under: $2
Families: $14  (up to 2 adults and 4 children)
Discount Pass: $20
Season Pass: $60
Skate Rental $3 (skates and sizes are limited)

Bill Grey’s Ice Plex 

They are a huge 170,00 square foot facility located on Monroe Community Colleges Campus. Four different rinks to choose from! They offer programs for skaters from those who are just starting out to the most advanced. They also have many different amenities such as a Bill Grey’s Restaurant, tap room and snack bar, and more

Calender Here

Skating Fees:

Youth(12 & younger)-$4
Skate Rental-$3.50


 Skiing and Snowboarding

Are you an EXTREME family? Want to conquer Starr Hill times 10? Here’s the standards:


Swain Resort Visit their website for more information their website for more information

Winter Train Ride!

Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum

All Aboard the Evergreen Express! Saturday, December 21, 2013, departing 5:30 and 7:30p.m. Industry Depot – 282 Rush-Scottsville Road, Rush, NY Ok guys- basically a real life polar express. Can it really get any better than that?? We’ve included the description for the “All Aboard the Evergreen Express” from our friends over at the “A special treat for boys and girls of all ages! Arrive at our Industry depot, all decked out for the season. Enjoy hot chocolate while you wait to board your train. Climb aboard vintage cabooses lit by kerosene lamps for a magical trip to the “North Pole” to visit with Santa! After the children are greeted by Santa, you will board the train for the return trip to Industry Depot. Join us and create a special memory for your family this holiday season. Trains depart Industry Depot at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m., only 30 seats available on each trip.Tickets are $15.00 each, and available by pre-order only. Purchase your tickets online.”


Looking just to stay home and enjoy the company of your family? We always liked to watch movies from ABC family’s 25 days of Xmas! You don’t even have to leave your couch to do this one!

Celebrate with your Pet

L0llypop Farms

Memorialize the holidays with a festive portrait of pets and family with Santa! For just $25, Lollypop Farm provides you with two 4″x6″ digital prints of one or more portraits and a CD of your photos. Click her for more.

Get your Tree and More!

Stokoe Farms

Open Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays only, Nov. 29 – Dec. 22, 9am – 5pm

While you get your Christmas tree you can enjoy wagon rides, Nativity scene, Country gift shop, heated restaurant and straw fort for the kids are just some of the amenities that Stokoe Farms offers! Santa might even show up! Admission is free.


We Welcome you to our Fireplace

We’d love to have you Gather at our fireplace. We’ll supply you with Giradelly Hot Cocoa for the kids, a Peppermint Mocha Latte’s for the parents, cookies and more. The holidays are some of the best times and memories that you can spend with your family and we’d love to be apart of it!


Let us know of any other ideas that you reccommend for a family fun day