CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Once the shine of the Christmas gifts wears off, parents are left wondering: What can keep the kids entertained during the holiday break?
Wednesday December 18, 2013
Holiday activities are child’s play
The Clay Center's annual holiday art exhibit is open through the end of the year and is one of many options for families seeking entertainment and activities during the holiday break. The exhibit includes trees of the world, with ornaments created by area school groups.
This exhibit shows an early Appalachian Christmas with simple ornaments created by kindergarteners from West Teays Elementary School.
Help is on the way. There are a number of options that are budget friendly.
Stop by the West Virginia Culture Center, where free movies and winter crafts will be offered Dec. 26, 27 and 28. The State Museum will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. those days.
Winter craft activities will be available each day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Great Hall.
"Smurfs 2" will be shown at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Dec. 26. Rated PG, the film is 105 minutes.
"Monsters University" is scheduled for 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Dec. 27. The film is rated G and lasts 103 minutes.
"Planes" will be shown at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Dec. 28. Rated PG, the film is 92 minutes.
For more information, call 304-558-0220.
The Kanawha County Public Library also has some holiday break programs.
The Cross Lanes branch has scheduled Lego Mania for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday. There will be a Lego game as well as Lego blocks available for building items such as a space shuttle. Larger pieces will be on hand to accommodate toddlers. Holiday crafts will be offered throughout the day. The library is located at 5449 Big Tyler Road. For more information, call 304-776-5999.
The Dunbar branch will have a special family story time at 3 p.m. Saturday. There will be holiday themed stories and children may make Christmas ornaments. The library is located at 301 12th Street. The telephone number is 304-766-7161.
"Noon Year's Eve" will be 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Dec. 31 at the main library in downtown Charleston with Terri McDougal, director of children's services. There will be story time, crafts and information on how New Year's is celebrated throughout the world. For more information about the family event, call 304-343-4646.
South Charleston Public Library will have a Christmas Movie Extravaganza with children's movies shown throughout the day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday. Films include "All Dogs Go to Heaven" at 10 a.m., "Arthur Christmas" at 11:30 a.m., "A Christmas Story" at 1:30 p.m., and "A Pink Christmas" at 3:30 p.m.
Also, at the South Charleston location, a New Year's party is set for 10:30 a.m. Dec. 30 with stories, snacks and crafts. Children will be making masks. The library is located at 312 Fourth Ave. The telephone number is 304-744-6561.
If the weather outside is frightful, the temperature inside the mall is delightful.
Lisa McCracken, marketing director for Charleston Town Center, points out that the mall is a great place to shed a coat and shop indoors for after-holiday deals, a fun activity for parents and teens. The little ones can enjoy the CAMC Play Patch, the indoor playground located on level one near Zales Court. Shoppers can also enjoy the holiday decorations until the first of the year.
The Clay Center's display of Trees of the World will be on exhibit through the end of the year. Decorated by area students, trees reflect holiday traditions from countries around the globe. Visitors may create a peace symbol out of any material and take it to the center to place on the "Peace on Earth" tree.
During Christmas break, the Clay Center will offer a series of art workshops for children to be held noon to 4 p.m. each day from Dec. 26 through Dec. 30. A craft each day will be geared to help children learn about different cultures. Activities are free with gallery admission.
On Dec. 26, the craft will be peacocks for India. On Dec. 27, participants will make Native American dream catchers. Coffee filter fans will represent Asia on Dec. 28. On Dec. 29 the craft will be Dutch pottery paper plates for the Netherlands. Snake pencil toppers will be created on Dec. 30 as kids learn about China.
The planetarium show "Reason for the Season" will be shown through Jan. 5. Hours are 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, and noon and 2 p.m. Sunday. The Clay Center will be closed Christmas Day and New Year's Day. Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Visit the website www.theclaycenter.org for more information.
If there wasn't time to see Christmas light displays during the hectic holiday season, there is still time to take a drive with the kids at dusk to enjoy the decorations.
The light display sponsored by Kanawha County Parks and Recreation at Coonskin Park will be up through Dec. 31 from 5:30 to 10 p.m. each day.
The St. Albans Festival of Lights at City Park is 6 to 9 p.m. through Dec. 26. The exhibit will not be open Dec. 24 and 25. Monetary and canned goods donations are welcome.
Contact writer Charlotte Ferrell Smith at charlo...@dailymailwv.com or 304-348-1246.