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East Texans recommend winter break activities for kids


For a lot of parents, it's a hard, but fun time of the year.

They're glad their kids are home, but they said they also have a lot to do.

"It is rough because they're home and they're bored, but at the same time they're very anxious about Christmas coming and they just had their birthday, so it's just overload. The gift overload at Christmastime and the anticipation of that, they're out of their routine, it is difficult to find things for them to do," said LeAnn Morgan of Tyler.

But some parents of older children who had a few suggestions.

"We made Christmas wrapping paper for the presents. We would go see the Santa lights. We always picked an angel and my girls and I would go shopping for the angel and we'd come home and wrap those presents," said Melissa McIntire of Tyler.

"We try to utilize it for the most part since she is out of school. We just go shopping or just go hang out, really," said Jimmell Swan of Flint.

There are plenty of Christmas-related activities to do in East Texas over the break -- looking at neighborhood lights, or visiting Santa Land in Lindale or the Holiday of Lights in Marshall, or riding the Polar Express train from Palestine to Rusk.

But one Tyler store caters more to the stay-at-home kind of winter break fun.

"We've got a lot of projects for a lot of different age groups, girls and boys, we've got lots of things that appeal to people who like the tactile, hands-on, let me get involved kind of thing," said Chris Parker, Manager of Hobbytown USA

From plane and car kits for the boys, or arts and crafts kits for the girls, or even games and puzzles the whole family can enjoy, there's something to keep anyone entertained for hours on end.

"It's not just the usual thing you can pick up anywhere at any store. We really make an effort to buy things that are new and different and educational and fun and broaden people's perspectives on things," Parker said.

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