Looking for some Winter Vacation Fun?
Here are some local ideas to keep kids occupied in the stretch between Christmas and New Year's Eve.
Although kids have probably glued themselves to their new video games by now (Call of Duty: Black Ops, anyone?), there are a lot more activities kids and their families can participate in together during the week off from school.
Below follow some ideas from Reading and Surrounding towns.
- Behold: ZooLights at the Stone Zoo runs daily from 5-9 p.m. until Jan. 2. Admission is $5 Monday-Thursday and $6 Friday-Sunday.
- Challenge: For your high schooler, a Teen Chess Tournament will be held on Wednesday from noon-5 p.m. at the Malden Public Library. Registration is free, but must be made in advance.
- Ski: The closest mountains to Reading are Nashoba Valley, in Westford, MA, the Blue Hills in Canton, MA and Ski Bradford in Haverhill, MA. A little further out, at Wachusett Mountain in Princeton, MA you can find night skiing.
- Sled: Not a skiier? Break out your sleds and head to Mount Hood for some tamer downhill action.
- Skate: In addition to public skating at the Burbank Ice Arena, the town of Reading has opened Sturges Park, Memorial Park and Castine Field for outdoor skating.
- Skate again: The Stoneham Figure Skating Club runs ice skating lessons on Tuesdays (5 p.m.), Saturdays (noon) and Sundays (1 p.m.) at the Stoneham Arena. Register at anytime; cost is approximately $10 per class $90-110 for an entire session. Figure skaters and hockey players welcome.
- Skate some more: Skating close to home is fun, but taking a trip out to Boston to skate on the ever-popular Frog Pond on Boston Common makes this activity even more special for children, teens, and the whole family. Hours of operation can be found on the Frog Pond's website.
- And maybe play some video games: The Reading Public Library will host a drop-in Wii party Tuesday from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Games will include 'Just Dance' and 'Wii Music.'