This Connecticut Mom’s Winter Break Survival Guide

It’s almost Christmas!  A time for family, friends, laughter and joy.   The kids are so excited for this wonderful day of the year! I am too! 

But then, Tuesday will be here.  The day AFTER Christmas. The start of winter break. A whole week home with those excited, hyper children.  I don’t know about you… but I’m not so excited for that. 

Winter break is synonymous with kids that are bored after five minutes, complaining and whining, tantrums, and if you have multiple children, then you are in store for some epic sibling fights.  

So, let me help you out. Here’s a very extensive, very helpful list to keep you, and your kids, busy all week.  I’ve included our tried and true, favorite outings; as well as a sneak peak at some of the new places that we are hoping to check out in the next year!  And of course, make sure to check out your local library for more ideas. There are always fun things happening at the library!

Hopefully the winter weather cooperates and doesn’t trap us in the house.  Because honestly, I can’t help you there. I’ll be in the bathroom crying in that case… 


Tried & True

Celebrate winter vacation all week long with special activities.  Open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., December 26 to January 1.   Read Our Review.

One last chance to enjoy Winterfest and take a trolley ride through the Tunnel of Lights. Open 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., December 26 to December 30. Read our Review.

Holiday School Vacation Week will include seasonal crafts and activities, as well as regular admission to a great museum! Open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., December 26 to December 29 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on December 30. Read our Review.

Drive through the park and enjoy the light display during the final week of this special seasonal event.  Open nightly until 9 p.m., from December 26 to January 1. Read our Review.

Enjoy the bright lights of Bright Nights at Forest Park. Open daily (including holidays), starting at 5 p.m., through January 1. Read our Review.

Enjoy their special event, Festival of Lights, where the whole park lights up with Christmas lights and all rides are open (including unlimited train rides)!  Open daily from December 26 to January 1. Read our Review.

Celebrate with live entertainment, ice sculptures, pictures with Santa and more! Daily starting at 11 a.m., December 26 to January 1. Read our Review.

The Park is open during the winter for this special event!  Open from December 26 to January 1, 2 p.m. to 9 p.m.  Read our Review.

Enjoy activities all week long including hands-on build and fly challenges, demonstrations, open cockpit experiences, and more! Open daily from December 26 to December 31. Read our Review.

Enjoy special events all week including storytimes and puppet shows. Open daily December 26 to December 31. Read our Review.

Spend your winter break by exploring how people around the world celebrate! Open December 26 to December 30, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Read our Review.

Road Trip! Check out this wonderful museum during their Vacation Maker Week! Open daily from December 26 to December 30. Read our Review.

Three floors of fun! Open Daily from December 26 to December 31.  Read our Review.

Enjoy pretend play, animals and more with your little ones! Open daily from December 26 through December 31 (closed on Mondays). Read our Review.

Come explore and learn! Make sure to check out Gingerbread Lane! Open daily from December 26 through December 31 (closed on Mondays). Read our Review.

Explore and learn at this fun children’s museum with pretend play, building, trains, and more! Open Wednesday through Sunday during Winter break, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Read our Review.

Enjoy indoor play with bounce houses, mini golf, play houses, ball pits and much more.  Open Daily, hours vary.  Read our Review.

Pebble Park will be open daily winter break. Check out their schedule for classes and special activities. Read our Review.

The playground will be open on December 29 and 30, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., for open play.  Read our Review.

Winter Break Open Jump, December 26 to January 1, starting at 10 a.m. Read our Review.

Open Play, Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Bounce Town also has a location in Canton- check their website for specific hours. Read our Review.

Open Play hours will be available during spring break from Wednesday through Sunday. Check website for hours. Read our Review.

Open Bounce, Tuesday through Friday starting at 10 a.m. Read our Review.

Indoor Play, open December 26 to January 1. Read our Review

Come out and skate during their various open skate times daily, including Cheap Skate on Thursday night. Read our Review.


Something New

Enjoy a week of space and sci-fi with fun family-friendly activities!  Open December 27 to December 31.

Open Bounce, December 26 to January 1.

Frozen Fun at the Nature Center will including making six-sided snowflakes, learning how animals survive in the cold, and hiking around the trails for frozen treasures. Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., December 26 to December 30.

Winter Camp is open for registration and includes a 3 hour drop off play for kids 2.5 and older.  Camp runs December 26 to December 29, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Spots can be purchased online, and you only have to purchase the days you need. Open to non-members!

Workshops are open for preschoolers and older children (one hour workshops) throughout the week on Thursday through Sunday. Call ahead for reservations.

Check the Barnes & Noble website for event listings at your local store!

Climb, slide, ride, jump, bounce and play all day in this indoor playground during their open play hours. Open December 26- December 29, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Enjoy free ice skating at Bushnell Park’s outdoor ice rink. Open daily at 11 a.m.

Enjoy this spectacular light display, daily including Christmas night, until January 1.

Model trains will be displayed around elaborate holiday scenery. Open Daily from December 26 to January 7 (closed on New Years Day). See website for hours.

The park will be covered in lights and spectacular light shows every half hour set to music. A selection of rides will be open. Open December 28-December 30, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Over 100,000 lights brighten the sky, while you enjoy a scenic drive through this winter wonderland! Open daily through January 1, 2018 (including holidays).

 

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