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Having the kids home from school during Winter Break is exciting but also sends us into a slight panic about how to keep them busy and entertained for so many days without regular routines. We’re doing our personal research over here about what to do with our own kids, and we want to share our findings with you, too. Here’s some ideas for a FUN Winter Break:

Special Events: Mark you calendars for these happenings over the break:

Ring in 2018 downtown with a free fireworks show!


Holiday Fun: The start of the break is a great time to pack in a good dose of holiday cheer. Check out this helpful info to get your organized on your holiday experiences:

So much holiday joy can be found along the Trail of Lights


Theatre & Movies: You can’t beat live theatre or fun film screenings to take up a few happy hours for the whole family. Check out:

See the The Peanuts Movie as part of Alamo Kids Camp’s Winter Break lineup, where you can pick the price of your tickets — just $1, $3, or $5


Indoor Play: No worries about cold, rainy days — an indoor entertainment center holds the key to a good time (where the kids can literally bounce off the walls in some places). Here’s some ideas on where to play indoors (and note that when you click through, you’ll see that many are having Winter Break specials):

Catch Air Round Rock has plenty for your little ones to do! Scroll below to enter to win a Punch Card.


Outdoor Adventures: Get outside on a nice sunny day over the break and explore Austin’s beautiful trails and parks! Here’s some ideas on where to go:

Joanne Land Playground is a great spot for some outdoor play time.


Day Trips: Wanna get out of town? Do it! There’s plenty to explore on a quick drive from Austin.

San Antonio’s DoSeum offers a ton of hands-on fun just a short drive away


As always, there’s a ton of fun stuff happening in Austin for kids! For more, be sure browse our daily calendar of events! And check out these lists:

We wish you the best of times on your Winter Break!


–> Giveaway: Our friends at Catch Air want to help you keep the kiddos busy during the break. They’ve offered to raffle off a Punch Card good for 10 FREE visits to either Catch Air location. Please enter below. Good luck! Entering the giveaway will add you to the Do512 Family email list, where we let you know about the best Austin family events each week.

This giveaway is now closed. Thanks to all who entered!