Are the kids home from school for a (FREAKIN’) week? Family coming into town? Are you looking to get out of the house for a few moments? We have some ideas in mind that might help alleviate some stress. Might even be fun! Here are 5 things to do over the weekend:

1. So you want to stay warm inside but you’re itching to leave the (family-filled) house? Go see a film at Tower Theater. Take the kids to see what Christmas is about (and educate them to the glory of black and white cinema): Frank Capra’s classic It’s a Wonderful Life shows Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

2. Go ice skating at the Gallivan Center! It’s the best time of year to strap on some ice skates and pretend you know what you’re doing! Winter fun for the whole family! Hours of operation are Monday-Thursday: 4:00pm-9:00pm, Friday-Saturday: Noon-Midnight, Sunday: Noon-7:00pm.

3. See a holiday show: Go see The Nutcracker at Odyssey Dance Theatre or Ballet West– one is a fun twist, and one is true to the classic. Be sure to check out both! Click here for our reviews.

4. Take a holiday stroll around The Grand America: The Grand Christmas Hotel Holiday Window Stroll showcases 14 hand-crafted, whimsical displays that capture the imagination and joy of the holidays. Want to learn more? Click here.

5. Check out the Natural History Museum: This is personally my favorite spot. They currently have an incredible exhibit called Nature All Around Us. Go and explore the ways our daily lives are intertwined with nature, an eye-opening exhibit suited for all ages. By the way! The Natural History Museum is also hosting “Noon Year’s Eve,” there will be tons of activities, live music, and a (early) countdown to 2020! (Be prepared for confetti!)

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