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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Fun Activities for Winter Break

Due to my dislike of crowds and spending money, my family generally doesn’t do much in the way of entertainment during the Christmas break from school. With that being said, I do like to keep

This year, I am excited by the prospect of “40 Nights of Lights” at 4th Street Live. Starting at 6:00 pm every weeknight through January 1, 2013, and running every hour on the hour until 10 pm, there will be a free light/music show. There are eight different “shows” that will run, which will provide plenty of variety for my family. We can take a thermos of hot chocolate, a few blankets, and just hang out.

I always look to the Louisville Free Public Library for fun and free things to do.
There are loads of Christmas-themed story events planned throughout the month of December:

Dec 19, 10:15-11:15--- “Wrap Up” the holidays at the Highlands-Shelby Park branch with festive stories, songs and a craft. For ages 1-4.
Dec 22, 2:00 pm --- “Let It Snow” at the Main Library with snow stories and an edible snow creature creation.
Dec 22, 2:00 pm -- “Pete the Cat Saves Christmas” at the Southwest Branch. There will be Pete the Cat stories, a fun game, and a cat craft for kids ages 3 and older.
Dec 28, 2:00 pm -- The Main Library will host a “Sweet Tooth” story time.

A non-Christmas place to learn and have fun is the Falls of the Ohio Interpretive Center. If the day is mild for December and the water isn’t high, climbing on the fossil beds is always good fun. The indoor exhibits are pretty cool, too. At $5 for adults and $2 for children under 18, this is cheap “edutainment.”

With the holiday madness, we could all use some low-key and free/cheap activities for the family.
Contributed by Carrie Vittitoe, parent-writer for Today’s Family magazine.


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