On winter break and feeling like there’s nothing to do? Nah, humbug.
We’ve rounded up a number of ideas, several of which can become family outings.
Comic Mike Armstrong performs during Saturday’s New Year’s Eve YES Comedy Showcase at YES Cinema downtown. Armstrong’s show is rated PG-13, which means youth need to bring their parents to be admitted.
“It’s a nice outing for parents and kids — particularly teens — to spend time together on New Year’s,” said Diane Doup with Lincoln-Central Neighborhood Family Center, which operates YES.
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For people young and old seeking more hands-on, free-wheeling fun, Red Zone Laser Tag in Columbus is offering discounted all-attractions access during the break. Laser tag is especially popular among 8- to 12-year-olds, employee Reed Nowling said.
SKATING, Hamilton Community Center & Ice Arena, 2501 Lincoln Park Drive, Columbus. Public sessions slated from 1 to 3 p.m. today and Friday and 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday. Also 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Jan. 6. Cost: $4 children, $4.50 adults, $2 skate rental and skooter rental. Information: 812-376-2686.
KIDSCOMMONS, 309 Washington St. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays. Weekly activities free with paid museum admission include Little Explorers at 11 a.m. Tuesdays and 1:30 p.m. Fridays; Art Time, 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays; Wacky Science, 3:30 p.m. Thursdays. Special events: kid-size New Year’s celebration, noon to 5 p.m. Saturday. Make your own New Year’s Eve decorations. Information: 812-378-3046.
COMEDIAN MIKE ARMSTRONG, two shows, 7 and 9:30 p.m. Dec. 31, YES Cinema, 328 Jackson St. Tickets: $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Rated PG-13. Information: 812-379-1630 and yes cinema.org.
KWANZAA CELEBRATION, 6 p.m. today, Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St. Kwanzaa honors African heritage in African-American culture. Theme is “Embracing Kwanzaa’s Principles and Practice: Creating and Celebrating the Good.” A pitch-in feast will be held after the program. Information: 812-379-1266 and mybcpl.org.
NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY, The Seasons Lodge & Conference Center on State Road 46 West near Nashville, buffet for two from 5 to 9 p.m. Dec. 31, music with blues band Fistful of Bacon in The Saloon, Champagne toast at midnight, overnight stay and breakfast for two, $259 per couple, reservations required. Information: 800-365-7327 or seasonslodge.com.
Laser tag and more
THE RED ZONE LASER TAG, 746 Greenway Drive in Columbus. Hours: 4 to 8 p.m. Thursdays; 4 to midnight Fridays; 11 a.m. to midnight Saturdays; 1 to 7 p.m. Sundays. Laser tag, bounce house, Aeroball (a kind of trampoline basketball) and a spider wall (rock climbing wall). School break all-attractions discounted price of $10 for one hour.
MOVIES AT YES CINEMA, nonprofit theater at 328 Jackson St. in Columbus. Showing the animated “Sing” and “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.” Matinees $4 before 6 p.m. Evenings $4 children (ages 3 to 12) and $6 (adults).