By: Rebekah Marstiller
T’was the night before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a- well, actually, the whole house has been a wild playground since the kids got out on Christmas break. Being away from their school friends has turned the children into overly active balls of Holiday Spirit.
Save yourself from turning into the Grinch this year and plan a few fun days of energy burning downtown with your kiddos!
The Explorium of Lexington is a children’s museum located on Short St. and one of the best places to take your kids this holiday season! Stop in to explore the museum with your child, check out the gift shop for nifty gift ideas, or drop your kids off for an educational day-camp.
The Explorium features interactive exhibits and educational programming all year long. Camps are available in full and half day options and are perfect for elementary aged children (3-years-old and up. Must be potty trained.) Check out some of the upcoming camps, and be sure to register early to save your spot!
CAMPS ARE PRE-REGISTRATION ONLY.
“Adventures in Science” December 20th-21st
Kids have the opportunity to make slime, and get to work on their own science experiments.
“Explore More” December 27th-28th
Unique activities include painting with M&Ms, extracting strawberry DNA, and more!
“Go Wild” December 31st– January 2nd
Let your child take a trip around the world looking for bugs, reptiles, and safari friends.
How about a night out on the town without the kids? Try a ‘Parents Night Out’ with The Explorium. Leave your kids age 3 years to 5th grade at The Explorium from 6:00PM-10:00PM on December 21, and let your kids explore the museum while you enjoy a child-free night. Reservations are required and prices vary, so check out The Explorium website for more info!
www.explorium.com or 859-258-3253
Have you written a letter to Santa yet? If so, be sure to drop it in the North Pole Mail Drop located in Triangle Park. There are only a few days left to submit your letters in time for Christmas! Triangle Park is the perfect little winter wonderland for kids. They will love the decorations and the opportunity to drop their letters in the mail! Your kid will be amazed at the size of Lexington’s Official Christmas Tree and it can be fun trying to guess exactly how many lights are on it! Be sure to grab a hot cocoa or a bite to eat at Big L’s Gourmet Dogs at the Triangle Park Café. It’s a perfect quick and easy option to get some food in the little ones bellies!
After getting your tummies full, create a holiday tradition and visit The Unified Trust Company Ice Rink! Ice skating is a great way to let your child burn some energy while creating a priceless memory. Not to mention, seeing the little ones bundled up and ready to take the ice is an adorable ‘picture perfect’ moment. The cost to skate is $14 per person for 90 minutes on the ice, including skate rentals!
For more information about the Unified Trust Ice Rink please visit https://www.triangleparklexington.org/unified-trust-company-ice-rink/
Lexington Opera House
Take in a magical performance, and go to a show at the Lexington Opera House! The Lexington Opera House is a breath taking venue and has played hosts to many legendary performances within its historic walls. Tickets are on sale now for ‘The Nutcracker’, performed by the Lexington Ballet Company. This performance will delight every member of the family as you go on a magical journey with the Sugar Plum Fairy, Snow Queen, and the Nutcracker Prince himself!
To see show times, order tickets, or any questions that you might have, please visit
After a busy day downtown, what better way to end your play date than with some pizza at Goodfellas Pizzeria! Kids will love being able to watch the pizzas being made, and if you’re lucky you can watch them throw the dough in the air! Not to mention one slice is as big as your head! As always, take advantage of $6 lunch specials which include a slice, side, and drink! For dine-in, we recommend the Distillery District Location, but if your plans have you staying around Mill St. you can always find a warm spot across the street inside the Square to sit and eat with your little one!
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