December 28, 2014

10 Things to Do Over Winter Break


Now that Christmas is over, there's still over a week before school starts back up again. Which makes me wonder... what on earth am I supposed to do with my three hopped-up-on-Christmas-candy kiddos between now and then?! Luckily for you, I have some ideas.


1. Go roller skating.


Bastrop Skating Palace is located at 2600 Hwy 95 in Bastrop. Holiday hours: Sundays (Dec. 28th & Jan. 4th) Noon-8pm, Monday-Thursday (Dec. 29th-Jan. 1st) Noon-9pm, Friday & Saturday (Jan. 2nd-3rd) Noon-11pm. Admission is $5/child (under 18, whether they skate or not) and $5/adult (only those planning to skate). Cash only!


2. Go to the library.


Bastrop Public Library is located at 1100 Church Street in Bastrop. Hours: Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays 10am-6pm, Tuesdays & Thursdays 1pm-9pm, and Saturdays 10am-4pm; CLOSED Jan. 1st. Scheduled activities include story time, teen anime club, open video games, and more.

Elgin Public Library is located at 404 N. Main Street in Elgin. Hours: Tuesdays & Thursdays 10am-7pm, Wednesdays & Fridays 10am-6pm, and Saturdays 10am-4pm. Scheduled activities include story time, arts & crafts, family movie nights, and more.

Smithville Public Library is located at 507 Main Street in Smithville. Hours: Mondays & Wednesdays 10am-6pm, Tuesdays & Thursdays 10am-7pm, Fridays 10am-5pm, Saturdays 9am-1pm; CLOSED Dec. 25th through Jan. 1st. Scheduled activities include story time, Spanish classes, and more.


3. Search for dinosaurs.

Photo by Sugarbee Photography.

The Dinosaur Park is located at 893 Union Chapel Road in Cedar Creek. Winter hours: Saturdays & Sundays from 10am-4pm. Admission is $7/person ages 2 & up and free for children under 2. They also offer annual passes for $20/person.


4. Visit animals at the zoo.


Capital of Texas Zoo is located at 376 Jenkins Road in Cedar Creek. Hours (including holidays): Open daily, 9am-5pm. Admission is $9.99/person age 12 & up, $7.49/child ages 2-11, and free for children under 2. They also offer yearly memberships for $69/family and $39/individual.


5. Explore the outdoors.

Photo by Jeff Lynch.

Bastrop State Park is located just off Loop 150 E between Hwy 71 & Hwy 21 in Bastrop. Click here to view the upcoming scheduled events at Bastrop State Park, including a Wagging Tails on the Trails Hike or a First Day Night Hike.

Buescher State Park is located just off FM 153 near Hwy 71 in Smithville. Click here to view the upcoming scheduled events at Buescher State Park, including a First Day Nature Hike, Owl Prowl, and First Day Bike.

McKinney Roughs Nature Park is located at 1884 Hwy 71 W in Cedar Creek. Trails are open from 8am until sunset daily.

Rocky Hill Ranch is located at 578 FM 153 in Smithville. Hours: 24/7 daily. Day use fee (on non-race days) is $10/person and includes mountain biking, hiking, trail running, and picnics.


6. Jump!


Giggle N Jump is located at 1102 College Street in Bastrop. Holiday hours: Saturdays 10am-7pm, Sundays 10am-5pm, Monday through Wednesday (Dec. 29th-31st) 10am-2pm, Friday (Jan 2nd) 10am-7pm; CLOSED Jan. 1st. Admission is $8/child ages 4-11, $7/child ages 1-3, and free for children under 12 months.


7. Go bowling, see a movie, or play a round of black light mini golf.


Schulman Theatres Lost Pines 8 is located at 1600 Chestnut Street in Bastrop. Bowling hours: 10am-11pm daily. Kid friendly movies now showing include "Annie," "Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb," "Penguins of Madagascar," and "Big Hero 6." Movie admission ranges from $6 up to $10.50.


8. See some beautiful light displays.


Lights of Tejas is located at 1038 PR 2191 in Giddings. Holiday hours: December 26th-29th 5-10pm. Admission is $7/person ages 3 & up and free for children 2 & under. Besides beautiful Christmas lights, they offer rock climbing, zip lining, games, and so much more!

The River of Lights is located along the Colorado River from Fisherman's Park to Ferry Park in Bastrop. Hours: 6-9pm daily through Dec. 31st.


9. Dance like no one is watching.


Zumba Kids is a Zumba dance fitness class designed just for kids! Tuesdays and Thursdays 4:00-5:15pm at the Kerr Community Center, located at 1308 Walnut in Bastrop. Ages 4-11, registration is NOT required. Class is FREE to Bastrop YMCA members or $5/class for non-members.*

Creative Movement includes fun games set to a variety of music and is designed to help your youngster gain confidence, independence and body awareness all while learning to express themselves through movement. Fridays 4:00-5:15pm at the Kerr Community Center, located at 1308 Walnut in Bastrop. Ages 3-7, registration is NOT required. Class is FREE to Bastrop YMCA members or $5/class for non-members.*

Kids Hula Fit includes easy to perform dance moves of traditional Pacific Island dances set to fun music, in which kids will learn body awareness, balance, rhythm and gain confidence. There is also a group exercise class offered at the same time for parents interested in getting their own workout in! Wednesdays 10:00-10:50am at the Kerr Community Center, located at 1308 Walnut in Bastrop. Ages 2-8, registration is NOT required. Class is FREE to Bastrop YMCA members or $5/class for non-members.*

*Non-members may pay by credit card online here (print and bring receipt for each class) or with exact change or check on-site.



10. Spit off the bridge.

Photo by Ken Parmley.

Bastrop's Old Iron Bridge (recently renamed in honor of Chief Petty Officer Stephen "Matt" Mills) is located on Chestnut Street between Hwy 71 and Main Street, crossing the Colorado River. It might not seem very sanitary, but it's a lot of fun! We even have a society for it. For more info about the Society of Bridge Spitters, click here. Seriously, though, I don't think you're allowed to call yourself a Bastropian until you've spit off the bridge. Besides, what kid doesn't love to spit?!


And for those of you who don't want to take off your pajamas, here are some fun activities you can do at home...

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