School’s Out: Fun Stuff to Do with Your Kids in THE BLOCKS Over the Holidays

For kids, one of the best parts of the holidays is the winter break. For parents, however, the prospect of two weeks with nothing for the littles to do may seem a bit daunting. Well, as they say, help is on the way. From now through New Year’s Eve, THE BLOCKS is bursting with holiday activities for kids preschool-aged through young adult.
The following are a few suggestions sure to make the youngest members of your clan put down the electronic devices and get into the holiday spirit.  

Visit Santa

What would Christmastime be without chatting up Old St. Nick? You can find Santa at City Creek Center (50 Main St) every day from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. through December 23, and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on December 24. Your fur baby (dogs only, please) is welcome to get his or her photo taken with Santa at City Creek Center on December 10, 17 and 24.  

Treat your kiddos to a little more one-on-one time with Kris Kringle with Breakfast with Santa at the Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum (444 W. 100 South) on December 14 from 8 to 10 a.m. Tickets are $33 for children and $38 for adults, which includes a delicious hot breakfast, exclusive pre-public access to the museum and admission for the day. 

Mr. Claus will also make a stop at the Clark Planetarium (400 W. 110 South) for Cosmic Cookies with Santa on December 14. This event includes a screening of The Light Before Christmas, cookies with Santa and winter crafts. Tickets are $10 per person. 

Go to the Movies

Heading to the cinema over the holidays is a looked-forward-to tradition for many families. But instead of hitting the megaplex to take in the latest blockbuster, check out these holiday-specific screenings: The Salt Lake Film Society (111 E. Broadway) is hosting Sound of Music singalong screenings on December 14 at 2 and 6:30 p.m., and FREE showings of It’s A Wonderful Life at 4 p.m. on Christmas Eve and at 7 p.m. on Christmas Day. 

Over at the Clark Planetarium, Let It Snow celebrates this very special time of year with a multi-sensory experience featuring laser imagery, special effects and the music of Frank Sinatra, Chuck Berry and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Showings of this 32-minute program are held daily at the Hansen Dome Theatre through December 31. (Note: All Let It Snow tickets are $5 on New Year’s Eve as part of THE BLOCKS’ Last Hurrah celebrations.)   

Spark Their Creativity 

Kill two birds with one stone at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art (UMOCA, 20 S. West Temple). A recommended $5 per person donation is both admission to the museum, now hosting multiple exhibitions, as well as to UMOCA’s all-ages Family Art Saturday (December 14, 2 – 4 p.m.), featuring wood and wire sculpture making inspired by Dave Malone, one of artists whose work is part of the current UMOCA exhibition, Abstraction is Just a Word, But I Use It.  

Treat your teens to a trip back to when Ebenezer Scrooge was employed by M. Fezziwig with the Mystery Escape Room’s (130 S. Rio Grande St, tickets are $29.95 each) “The Ghosts of Christmas: A Christmas Carol Mystery.” Upon arrival, participants are greeted by the Ghost of Christmas Past who will help them along their Christmas time-traveling adventure.

Glimpse an interpretation of the true meaning of Christmas with James Conlee’s Star of Wonder: A New Christmas Musical, inspired by the World War I Christmas Eve Truce in 1914. Showing at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center’s Leona Wagner Black Box Theater on  December 23 at 4 and 7:30 p.m. only. All tickets are $15 each.  


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Written by Melissa Fields