It’s a New Year, Christmas Over…Now what? Lake City, FL Family Photographer | Family Photographer in Lake City, FL

It’s January! Christmas is packed away for another year (well, in my case that’s on the to do list for today), all the holiday events have ended & it’s still cold outside…So, what to do??? Well, as I am trying to do each month, here’s a few ideas of things to do with your kids! Most of these I found on Fun4GatorKids.com & a few on other local calendars as well.

1) Did you know there’s a Bounce House place in Newberry???? Neither did I! But there is! Bouncin’ Big is located on NW 250th Terrace in Newberry. A wonderful indoor activity with the kids! They have “Open Bounce” for the kids on Tuesdays & Thursdays from 1p-7p, Fridays 1p-6p, Saturdays 11am-7p & Sundays 1p-6p. The cost is $6.25 for those 2 & under & $9.25 for everyone else (I don’t think adults have to pay as we are not really the ones enjoying it, but I can’t tell from the website.) They do have concessions there as well.

2) Skate Station in Gainesville offers a Roller Skating Playdate for those with little ones.  The 1st & 3rd Thursday of every month from 10am-12pm. You can skate as well as use the Indoor soft  Play center & bounce houses. The cost is $5 per child ages 5 & under. Funworks also offers Mini Golf, Bowling (ok, bowling is next door, but it’s all right there), Go-Carts, a Rockwall & Batting Cages. Perfect indoor activities for weekday or weekend entertainment!

3) Have a little girl who LOVES jewelry?? Bead All About It in Gainesville allows them to make their own jewelry. Another fun activity for the weekend (or even a weeknight). I couldn’t find hours on the website, but I’m sure if you call they will give you all the details.

4) For a Rainy or Cold Saturday afternoon with a young Space lover, why not visit the Kika Silva Planetarium in Gainesville at Santa Fe CC.  Kids Matinee every Saturday at 3pm. Adults: $5, Kids over 3: $4, 3& under are FREE.

5) Not rainy & not TOO cold?? Why not visit one of the many parks in our area!  You can head to O’Leno or Stephen Foster State Parks for some playground time & some hiking (exercise & where your kids out for a nap, it’s a win, win). Cost to get in is $5 per car (up to 8 people) so go with a friend & save!  If your family is big into hiking you can also hike over to Big Shoals State Park, or one of the hiking trails near Olustee.  Those are all FREE.  To find out about all the State Parks near us head to the website. Of course, Alligator Lake & Falling Creek Falls are also some free parks in Lake City that provide playgrounds a small hiking trails to help your kids get their energy out & enjoy nature!

Hopefully I gave you a few ideas of things to do. There’s also the Zoo (Santa Fe or Jacksonville) on a nice day when it’s not too cold & as always just meeting up with friends for a playdate. Or visiting the Florida Natural History Museum in Gainesville or MOSH (Museum of Science & History in Jacksonville. If you’re in Jax the Children’s Hands On Museum is also a big hit. Go on a Tuesday or Wednesday though as that tends to be a little less crowded with school field trips, though this time of year there are not many of those going on) The Columbia County Library also offers various programs for all ages throughout the week (we’ve been attending since Cayden was a baby). I’m a big fan of anything that keeps my girls entertained, allows me some entertainment or relaxation & the chance to make some memories.

Have a wonderful January & AMAZING 2013!!!

xoxo

Melody

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