Fun and un­plugged ac­tiv­i­ties for break

Austin American-Statesman - - E LIFE & ARTS - By Ni­colevil­lal­pando nvil­lal­pando@states­ Rais­ing JAY JAN­NER / AMER­I­CAN-STATES­MAN

“I’m bored!” The words come so eas­ily. It’s only a few days into win­ter break, but those words will be fly­ing around houses all over Cen­tral Texas for the next few weeks, es­pe­cially af­ter the ex­cite­ment of Christ­mas dies down.

Pro­tect your­self and your chil­dren with a few great projects and places to go in your back pocket. Here are a few ideas, gath­ered from years of hear­ing “I’m bored!” one too many times and from new books “Un­bored: The Es­sen­tial Field Guide to Se­ri­ous Fun,” by Joshua Glenn and Elizabeth Foy Larsen; “Geek Mom, Project, Tips and Ad­ven­tures for Moms and Their 21stCen­tury Fam­i­lies,” by Nata­nia Bar­ron, Kathy Ce­ceri, Cor­rina Law­son and Jenny Wil­liams; and “Show me a Story, 40 Craft Projects and Ac­tiv­i­ties to Spark Chil­dren’s Sto­ry­telling,” by Emily K. Neuburger.

• Hit the lights. The Trail of Lights is open through Sun­day, but there also are a lot of other light dis­plays in neigh­bor­ing cities. You don’t even have to leave your neigh­bor­hood. Bun­dle up and grab the flash­lights for a moon­lit stroll to en­joy your neigh­bors’ dis­plays.

• Go win­dow shop­ping. The 2nd Street District has turned win­dows into fairy-tale won­der­lands. Walk be­side Nev­er­land, Lit­tle Red Rid­ing Hood’s woods and Ra­pun­zel’s tower.

• Head to a mu­seum. In­ter­ested in physics? Check out the Austin Chil­dren’s Mu­seum’s “Spin and Span” and “Ready, Set, Roll” ex­hibits. Have a cou­ple of sports en­thu­si­asts? Head to the Blan­ton Mu­seum of Art for “The Rules of Bas­ket­ball” ex­hibit.

• Go for a hike. Many lo­cal parks such as Dick Ni­chols,

Bob Heller; his wife, Phyl­lis Heller, (cen­ter); and Carolyn Jack­son were stu­dents at Ra­dio House at the Lit­tle­field Car­riage House (back­ground).

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