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After their Christmas presents have been unwrapped, Cincinnati kids still have many school-free days left before heading back to class in January. While enjoying Christmas presents can be fun, there are several options for a holiday break outing that will make kids, parents and extended family smile.

Take a trip to Carew Tower
Hike the steps to the observation deck of the Carew Tower or take a leisurely ride via the elevator. Carew Tower, built nearly a century ago, provides panoramic views of the city and all the lights that can only be seen during the most wonderful time of the year. Observation deck admission rates: $2 adults; $1 children. Carew Tower is located on 441 Vine Street in downtown Cincinnati.

Peruse the Cincinnati Art Museum
With over 60,000 pieces of artwork on display for the community to enjoy year-round, the Cincinnati Art Museum is a jewel in the crown of Cincinnati. Take the whole family to enjoy the permanent collection and the newest exhibition “Fashion and Contemporary Craft.” Admission is free for the whole family; parking is $4. Located on Eden Park Drive. For hours of operation, visit the Cincinnati Art Museum website.

Visit The Krohn Conservatory
A hands-on lesson in the beauty of botany is nested in this annual holiday tradition. The conservatory has had a greenhouse for public displays since 1902, and each year, the holiday display changes. Two consistencies that remain each year are the indoor train replicas saluting Cincinnati landmarks and the outdoor manger scene featuring live animals. For hours and pricing information, visit the Krohn Conservatory website.

Tour Entertainment Junction
Entertrainment Junction is the perfect place for history lovers or train enthusiasts to spend the day. Located in West Chester, Entertrainment Junction contains two exhibits containing including miniature, detailed replicas of Civil War trains, 1940s era trains, modern subways and more. A special holiday exhibit, Christmas at the Junction, runs thru January 5. For ticket prices, visit Entertrainment Junction online.

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