10 Ways To Entertain Kids On Break

kids displaying artwork

The kids are on break, the house is in total chaos and the excitement of the holidays is wearing off. You need some great ideas for where to take your crew while school is on break, right?

Here are ten ideas that will help keep them occupied and your sanity in check:

Sew Chic

Coloring books for adults has become big business. There are books to suit almost every interest. Adults are learning what kids have known all along – coloring is fun and relaxing! But those coloring pages are no longer relegated to the refrigerator. Sew Chic has colorable fabric squares by Blank Quilting. These squares are from their Color Birdhouse Collection.

Now use your imagination on what to do with their artwork – quilt, pillows, wall hanging. . . .the possibilities are endless.


colorable quilt squares

Blank Quilting Fabric at Sew Chic


Nativibes Art Gallery 

Nativibes Art Gallery is located in the historic train depot in downtown, Mannington. The depot has been transformed into an art gallery which not only showcases the work of local artists but also offers art lessons for all age groups. You can attend one of their regularly scheduled classes or gather a group and have private lessons. Private art lessons are available for most ages in painting, watercolor, drawing and other specialty areas. At the closing of the class, the students’ artwork is displayed in the gallery.


Art lesson by Ben Kolb

Art lesson by Ben Kolb


Valley Worlds of Fun

Valley Worlds of Fun is Marion County’s family entertainment center with bowling, Archery Tag , arcade, rides and so much more. They get out of the house and burn off some energy and you get to relax and looking like the greatest parent ever.


rides at Valley Worlds of Fun

Valley Worlds of Fun


Kerri’s Korner Bookstore

Kerri’s Korner Bookstore is a great resource for teachers & parents alike! In addition to their educational material, they are also a full-service bookstore providing all genres of new books. If they don’t have it, they offer special ordering.  What a great gift to offer – the love of reading!

Kerri's Korner Bookstore

Kerri’s Korner Bookstore


Tygart Valley Cinemas

Tygart Valley Cinemas showcases the latest movie releases. And their Reel Deal combo if perfect for little appetites. For $3.11 the combo box includes popcorn, small drink and candy. This eliminates the decision on whether to get candy or popcorn!

Tygart Valley Cinemas

Tygart Valley Cinemas


West Fork Pottery 

What kid doesn’t love playing in the mud? West Fork Pottery is based in the heart of downtown Fairmont in Joe ‘n Throw. They use locally dug clay and traditional wood firing techniques to give a beautiful earth-tone finish to the pottery.

They offer regularly scheduled classes every Tuesday and Thursday at 6:30 or by appointment for a group of four or more that wants to make a unique piece of functional art.

Join in or sit back and relax with a soothing cappuccino using Stone Tower Joe locally roasted coffee.


Classes at West Fork Pottery

Classes at West Fork Pottery


.Main Street Yoga

Main Street Yoga offers two different kids classes. Kids Yoga (ages 3 – 7) is designed to introduce children to focused movement, build gross motor skills and improve balance. The class is taught using cooperative games, theme activities, storytelling and music. Young Yogis (ages 8-12) introduces children to the principals of yoga that they can incorporate into their daily lives. The classes help build self esteem and learn relaxation techniques. Both classes cost $10.


Kids yoga at Main Street Yoga

Kids yoga at Main Street Yoga


The Poky Dot 

S’mores is a traditional campfire treat that combines toasted marshmallows and chocolate sandwiched between two graham cracker squares. But what if there is no campfire in sight? The Poky Dot to the rescue! Build your own with their s’mores “kit” – complete with a small cast iron hibachi-style grill and all the fixins for 4 s’mores.



Make Your Own S’mores at The Poky Dot


Pricketts Fort

Pricketts Fort does not offer guided tours during the winter months. However, their visitor center and gift shop remain open Monday through Friday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Until February 28, the fort will commemorate the 225th anniversary of the ratification of the Bill of rights with a pop-up exhibit from the National Archives titled “The Bill of Rights and You”. In addition, they will offer self-guided audio tours of the fort.

Be sure to pick up their 2017 calendar of events so that you can keep up with all their great programming.

Pricketts Fort

Pricketts Fort


Mountain Creative

Mountain Creative is an art environment that caters to all artistic abilities including paint your own pottery, hand building, personalized lessons on the wheel, parties, and the sale of local art. This is a great place for kids to develop their budding talent. And the best part, adults will find as much pleasure painting as the little ones.
With a love of the arts of all kinds, this shop hosts ceramic-painting mosaics, kids’ two-dimensional painting and drawing classes.

painting class

Mountain Creative hosting a family function


What’s your favorite way to keep the kiddos occupied when school is out? 

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