Ways to Keep Kids Busy During Winter Break

Holiday experiences, short trips, and local activities
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“It’s Beginning to Look at Lot Like Christmas” was first written over 70 years ago. In the decades since, parents have agreed upon one thing: Mom and Dad can hardly wait for school to start again.

What about all those new toys they just got for Christmas? Won’t that keep them busy? No, of course not. Those new toys are meant for one hour of excitement before retiring into household clutter for the year.

Here are some ways to keep the kids busy and get you out of your anxiety-inducing, holiday-cluttered house:

Continued Holiday Experiences

Carowinds is now open year round, and Winterfest is still open until January 1.

The Christmas market ends on December 23, but Light the Knights holiday walk-thru, snow tubing, and ice skating is open through January 6. Advance ticket purchase is highly recommended.

SEA LIFE aquarium in Concord has their Sea of Lights – an interactive holiday light underwater experience – on display through January 8.

Zootastic Park in Troutman has their Christmas Wonderland of Lights in the evenings through January 1.

The Whitewater Center’s ice skating and Lights installation continues through mid-February.

Short Trips

Take the kids on a trip to Ski Sapphire Valley. We’ve got the rundown on how this is the perfect spot to getting kids and beginners on the slopes.

Snowland at Great Wolf Lodge is on through January 4. The immersive winter wonderland filled with special seasonal events, winter activities, fun family holiday games, and crafts, all alongside their heated indoor water park.

Local Activities

Check out the new Charlotte Museum of Illusions. We’ve got all the info on what you need to know before you go to the new, mind-bending museum.

Let the kids jump out their energy at Sky Zone or Big Air trampoline parks, or Urban Air Adventure Park.

Head to Just Play, an adventure playground with climbing structures, ninja course, interactive digital games, and more. Enjoy a designated toddler area for the littlest patrons, and parents play for free.

Visit Sports Connection, a Ballantyne mega center with bounce houses, laser tag, bowling, arcade games, bumper cars, a ropes course, virtual reality, and more. The littlest ones won’t be left out with mini-bowling and the Playland Adventure Center.