Maybe you want seemingly cooler ways to spend your break than a trip to the local ice rink. We’ve got some options.

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‘The Polar Express’

1 to 3 p.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. Dec. 20 at kidscommons, 309 Washington St. Children can attend in their pajamas ready for a make-believe train ride to the North Pole, complete with hot chocolate, holiday crafts and a jingly surprise. They can listen to a reading of the well-loved Christmas story, “The Polar Express,” and participate in museum-wide activity stations while learning interesting locomotive facts and enjoying model trains. Museum exhibits will be closed. Designed for children ages 2 through 9. Cost: $6 child/$3 adult. Registration deadline: today. Need-based scholarships are available.To register: 812-378-3046 or email to questions@kidscommons.org.

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Youth Baseball Skills Camp

5 to 7 p.m. Dec. 21 at Columbus East High School gym, 230 S. Marr Road; Dec. 22 at Columbus North High School gym, 1400 25th St. Camps will focusing on hitting and defensive skills. For those in kindergarten through 8th grade. $40. Registration deadline is Friday. Information: 812-376-2680 or columbusparksandrec.com

3

Holiday Kids Craft

Noon to 4 p.m. Dec. 29, The Commons lower level, Tangeman lobby, 300 Washington St. Free. Aimed up to age 12. Information: 812-376-2681; thecommonscolumbus.com.

4

Ring in the New Year

Dec. 31, kidscommons, 309 Washington St., with a kid-size celebration. The party starts at noon with activities on the hour counting down to an explosive Wacky Science finale beginning at 3:30 p.m. Throughout the day you can create party decorations in the kids-at-art studio and make resolutions for the New Year.

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‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’

Various times every day of school break at the nonprofit YES Cinema, Fourth and Jackson streets in downtown Columbus, and also at AMC Showplace 12 Cinema, 555 Creekview Court, Columbus. Information: yescinema.org; fandango.com.

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Brian Blair is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at bblair@therepublic.com or 812-379-5672.