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Cool for School: Holiday Break

Cascades Park fountain
Posted at 9:46 PM, Dec 21, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-21 16:51:12-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Ahh...the holiday break. A time for students to sleep in, eat their fill and visit with family. But what happens when that dreaded boredom sets in?

Luckily, says Ashley Edwards, Director of the City of Tallahassee Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Affairs Department, there are plenty of things to do.

"It's always good to get out and enjoy a park," said Edwards. "Many communities have not only local parks, but they have state parks as well as national parks that are nearby."

Instead of sitting in front of the computer streaming movies or chatting on social media, kids can contact their local parks and community recreation centers, libraries, or teen centers...which have been planning free or low-cost activities for the holiday break.

"They all have special programs going on, drop and play, things that range from ping pong to basketball if you need to be inside," explains Edwards. "If you can get outside, if the weather cooperates, we encourage you to go out to one of our beautiful parks, lots of nature trails, we have disc golf courses outside if you've never tried that."

Something to do at home that's fun and inexpensive? Chalk art! Grab a box of sidewalk chalk, go outside and explore your inner Picasso on the driveway or sidewalk outside your house!

Another resource? Websites like FamilyDaysOut.com. You can choose from indoor or outdoor activities, enter ages for age-appropriate activities, and even search for free attractions first.

So if you're staying at home for the break, why not explore what's available in your own town? Otherwise, if you nag your parents, they'll find something for you to do...like chores!

Before heading out, to a park or rec center, call and make sure the place you are going to is open, since it might adjust its hours and days during the holidays.

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