Winter break is a great time to makes plans for family fun. The kids are out of school and parents often take extra time off from work to enjoy being together.
Here are some fun activities and events to enjoy with the kids before it’s time to go back to school. Some are indoors and some are outside. Wherever you go and whatever you do, have fun making memories together.
Enjoy extended hours at Amazement Square on Friday, Dec. 28. The children’s museum will be open from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Amazement Square is a great place for the family to play together while staying warm indoors. There’s so much to do that you won’t know where to start. The museum will be closed on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day so come on out on Friday and stay late.
Enjoy skating together at FunQuest Entertainment Center during special holiday hours. Come for unlimited fun at one low price on Friday, Dec. 28 from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. There are also special hours on January 1 and 2 from noon-8 p.m.
Ring in the New Year at FunQuest with two special New Year’s Eve parties. The early party is from noon-5 p.m. with a balloon drop at 4 p.m. The late night party is from 7:30 p.m.-1 a.m. and includes a balloon drop at midnight.
Stretch Christmas out a little longer with a trip to Bedford. Enjoy the Festival of Trees at the Bedford Area Welcome Center. The center is located beside the National D-Day Memorial and is open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily except on major holidays. It’s free to look at all of the beautiful trees, decorated for Christmas.
While you’re in Bedford, stop at the National D-Day Memorial to learn more about the history of World War II. The memorial is open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily except major holidays.
You can enjoy the Christmas train exhibit at the Bedford Museum, located at 201 E. Main Street. The museum is open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday except major holidays. But hurry, the train exhibit will only be at the museum through Jan. 5.
The holiday lights will remain on each night through New Year’s Eve at the National Elks Home in Bedford. Hours are 5:30-10 p.m. If you didn’t make it out before Christmas, you don’t want to miss the best Christmas light show in the area this week.
Take a First Day Hike together on New Year’s Day at one of the Virginia State Parks. Each park has specific hours for special hikes to start the New Year off on the right foot. Some are guided hikes and others are self-guided. Visit the Virginia State Park website at the link or check out the information in the article below.
Go for a bike ride on the Blackwater Creek Bikeway in Lynchburg. Biking is a great way to enjoy family fun together as you work off some of those holiday calories.
Play at the new accessible playground at Riverside Park. The park is open from dawn to dusk each day and the new playground has a train theme. Kids will love climbing, sliding and playing and you’ll love watching.
While you’re at the park, take a hike on the Alpine Trail overlooking the James River. It’s a moderate hike through the woods and not suitable for strollers but older kids and adults will have a great time enjoying nature.
The whole family can play in the snow on Saturday if the weather forecast holds true. Stay tuned to see if we get the three inches that are forecast. Make snow angels, sled in your yard or build a snowman together. Best of all, the snow is forecast on the weekend so you don’t have to worry about getting to work.
Pull out some board games to enjoy a Friday night at home with the family. Play Monopoly or Life with older kids or Chutes and Ladders or Candy Land with the younger kids. Order pizza or make your own and turn off the TV to enjoy time together.
Plan a New Year’s Eve party at home. Let the kids each invite a friend or ask a couple of families to join you. Make some simple appetizers, add party hats and noisemakers and have a blast together.
The kids will be back in school again before you know it. Before it’s time to get back to the school day routine, enjoy some family time together.