School is out this week and next, but there are plenty of opportunities in Columbus for kids to expel some of their pent-up energy during winter break.
Here are a few ideas:
Hit the ice
Hamilton Center Ice Arena, 2501 Lincoln Park Dr., is offering family skating from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 1 to 3 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Fridays and 2 to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Jan. 6.
Admission is $4 for adults, $3.50 for ages 5 to 17 years and free for children 4 and younger. Skate rental costs $2.
If the kids can skate without assistance, come out for Hamilton Center’s Spotlight Skates. Each is a 45-minute session scheduled from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and focuses on themed skills and techniques. Admission is $5 and includes skate rental.
Upcoming Spotlight Skates include:
- Dec. 31: Carnival day
- Jan. 2: Synchronized
- Jan. 3: Hockey skills
- Jan. 4: Theater on ice
- Information: 376-2686.
Roll and splash
The Columbus Gymnastics Center and Foundation for Youth, 405 Hope Ave, is offering flip and dip sessions 1 to 3 p.m. Jan. 2 and 4. Kids can spend the first hour “flipping” at Columbus Gymnastics Center’s open gym, and the second hour “dipping” in the pool at the FFY.
Admission is $6 per child with adult supervision. Space is limited. Reservations: 376-2545.
The Gymnastics Center will be closed for all classes and open gym sessions until Jan. 6. Winter Session 2 classes will begin and the open gym schedule will resume Jan. 7.
FFY programs & the registration desk will re-open on Jan. 2.
Days at the museum
Spend the afternoon exploring at the kidscommons, 309 Washington St. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Admission for regular programming is $6; free for museum members.
During winter break, the museum offers several special activities in addition to its regular schedule with special pricing:
- Noon Monday: Celebrate the arrival of 2013 early on New Year’s Eve by making a festive party hat and crafting your resolutions. Admission is $6; free for museum members.
- 1 to 4:30 p.m. Jan. 3: “Snack Attack: Serious Snacks for a Healthy You.” Children ages 3 and older (and their parents) can make three good-for-you snacks. Take home a snack and recipes for everything you make during the afternoon. Admission is $30 per adult/child pair, $15 each additional person.
- 4 to 6 p.m. Jan. 4: Free Family Fun Time. Explore a taste of India with crafts, music, food sampling and more. Admission is free.
- 1 to 5 p.m. Jan. 6: Drinking Straw Day. Celebrate the invention of the drinking straw with related arts and crafts. Admission is $6 for ages 18 months to adult.
Bring a new pair of mittens, a scarf or hat and receive $1 off museum admission (maximum $2 off per visitor) for each item now through Jan. 6. All donated items will go to the Lincoln-Central Neighborhood Family Center and Orphan Grain Train.
Catch a flick
YES Cinema, 328 Jackson St., is offering reduced-cost matinees during winter break. Admission is $2 per person for the matinee and $3 per person for evening shows; price excludes concessions.
- Through Thursday: “Polar Express” (1:30, 4:30 and 7:01 p.m.).
- Friday to Jan. 4: “Frankenweenie.” Movie schedule to be determined; call 378-4937 for showtimes.