Guys, let’s face it – when the winter comes rolling around, it is extremely difficult to plan family outings. I mean really, what are the ideas you typically get? Build an igloo or snowman, have a snowball fight, go ice skating? That involves being in the elements and freezing your butt off, only to potentially get a cold or pneumonia, and that’s no good.

But have no fear, because I am here to give you a few different options for a fun-filled weekend with your lovely lady and the kids:

Let’s start with a few different options for lunch or dinner, and if you know me well enough, I am a connoisseur of all delicious food in the Capital Region. For starters, there is Buffalo Wild Wings in Clifton Park, which is a family-friendly restaurant where everyone can be happy: you can watch sports on several big-screen televisions, while the wife and kids enjoy some great food and play a few games. They’re offering a special deal, where you can get a $20 gift certificate for just 14 bucks!

Now if you love a good pizza pie, I’ve got some deals for you from CiCi’s Pizza, located on Wolf Road in Albany. From the kid-friendly Macaroni and Cheese Pizza, to the traditional Cheese and Pepperoni Pizzas, this is a place where you can explore a number of varities in pizza. Plus, they have a nice salad bar and some delicious desserts as well. Right now, CiCi’s Pizza is offering a chance to receive gift certificates worth five, ten and twenty dollars!

My final recommendation for food with the family is my personal favorite, because I love me some great barbecue. And at North Country BBQ in Schenectady, that is exactly what you are going to get. They specialize in true southern-style barbecue, smoking their meats low and slow in their pits for several hours, becoming some of the best melt in your mouth barbecue you’ll find in the Capital Region. And don’t think you’ll get anything out of a can at North Country BBQ, because they make all of their own dry rubs and barbecue sauces on the premises. You can get yourself a twenty-dollar gift certificate right now for just 14 bucks, so jump on it!

And finally, after you finish an amazing meal at any of those restaurants, you need to find an activity for the kids to work off all their energy. In the winter, that can be difficult to figure out, but I’ve got just the place for you. Saratoga Strike Zone is one of the best family-friendly locations in the entire Capital Region: from their bowling alley and arcade, to the bumper cars and a large ball pit called Ballocity, you really can’t go wrong with having a family outing there. Right now, Saratoga Strike Zone is offering a special deal, giving you a ten-dollar gift certificate for just seven bucks!

I hope this has been as informative for you as it has been entertaining for me to write, so what are you waiting for? Go to the links for the four great locations I’ve given you and SEIZE THOSE DEALS!