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Winter break 2010 in Atlanta filled with fun family events

There are plenty of events and activities in metro Atlanta during the kids' winter break to keep them from getting bored.
There are plenty of events and activities in metro Atlanta during the kids' winter break to keep them from getting bored.
L.Johnson

What’s a parent with an empty calendar to do when the kids inevitably utter the dreaded words, “I’m bored” over the upcoming winter break from school?

In metro Atlanta, there are a number of events and activities going on that should keep everyone entertained, so it's easy to start filling up the 2010 winter vacation schedule:

“M-i-c-k-e-y…M-o-u-s-e”

Perfect for the smaller children in your life, “Disney Live! Presents Mickey’s Magic Show” comes to Philips Arena:

A trip around the world, courtesy of Fernbank Museum of Natural History

Prices: adults $15; students and seniors (age 62 and up) with ID; $14; children 3-12, $13; children age 2 and under (ticket required) free; museum members, free.

Stars in your eyes at Fernbank Science Center


Fernbank Science Center
has a couple of holiday-related programs going on:

  • Through Dec. 28: “Tis the Season.” Tour winter constellations and holiday traditions. Thursday and Friday through Dec. 18, 8 pm; Friday and Saturday through Dec. 18, 3 pm; Dec. 20. 21, 27, 28, 3 pm
  • Through Dec. 18: “Holiday Hunt.” Look for Santa and hear star stories from around the world. Call Fernbank at 678-874-7102 for times.

Planetarium admission is adults $4; students $3; seniors $3.

Chilly fun

Does your family like ice-skating and/or ice shows, and snow? Here are some cool things just for you:

“Holiday Ice Spectacular,” Cobb Energy Centre (http://www.cobbenergycentre.com/calendar.aspx):

  • Dec 16, 8 pm
  • Dec 17, 8 pm
  • Dec 18, 2 pm & 8 pm
  • Dec 18, 8 pm
  • Dec 22, 2 pm & 8 pm
  • Dec 23, 2 pm & 8 pm
  • Dec 24, 2 pm

Ice skating at Centennial Olympic Park, Jan. 30, 2011: http://www.centennialpark.com/events/ice.html

Ice skating at Piedmont Park: xorbia.com/tickets/therink/

How about a mix of snowy and holiday fun at Stone Mountain Park. Buy a combo ticket for a Stone Mountain Christmas and Snow Mountain and save up to $10 a person. Click on the link to see pricing options and schedules.

On select days through Jan. 2, your combo ticket gets you:

Want more chilly thrills? Call ahead to these other metro Atlanta ice skating venues for current schedules and pricing.

Holiday music to your ears

Coca Cola Holiday concerts offer a little something for all music lovers this season at Atlanta Symphony Hall, including:

”A Very Merry Pops”:

  • Dec. 17, 8 pm
  • Dec. 18, 2 pm & 8 pm

“Preservation Hall Jazz Band Creole Christmas”:

Dec. 19, 8pm

“New Year’s Eve POParaazzi”

  • Dec. 31, 8pm

Bah-humbug!

Can’t get enough of Ebenezer Scrooge? You’re in luck: there are plenty of performances of “A Christmas Carol” remaining at the Alliance Theatre:

  • Dec, 16, 7 pm
  • Dec. 17, 8 pm
  • Dec. 18, 2:30 pm, 8 pm
  • Dec. 19, 2:30 pm, 7:30 pm
  • Dec. 20-23, 2:30 pm, 7 pm
  • Dec. 24, 2:30 pm

For pricing and purchasing information visit http://www.woodruffcentertickets.org/village2/index.aspx.

Go nuts over ballet at "The Nutcracker"

Gwinnett Ballet Theatre Presents “The Nutcracker” at Gwinnett Performing Arts Center:

  • Dec.17, 7:30 pm
  • Dec. 18, 2:30 pm & 7:30 p.m.
  • Dec. 19, 2:30 pm

Prices: $13.50- $29.50. Purchase at Gwinnett Center box office or through www.ticketmaster.com or its outlets.

Something for sports fans

Atlanta Hawks games at Philips Arena:

  • Dec. 17, vs. Charlotte, 7:30 p.m.
  • Dec. 20, vs. Orlando, 7 pm
  • Dec. 22, vs. Cleveland, 7 pm
  • Dec. 29, vs. Golden State, 7 pm

For pricing information and payment options, call 1-866-715-1500 or visit ticketmaster.com or purchase at the Philips Arena box office.

Atlanta Thrashers games at Philips Arena:

  • Dec. 16, vs. Carolina, 7 pm
  • Dec. 18, vs. New Jersey, 7 pm
  • Dec. 21, vs. St Louis, 7 pm
  • Dec. 26, Tampa Bay, 7 pm
  • Dec. 30, Boston, 7 pm

Visit ticketmaster.com or visit the Philips Arena box office to buy tickets.

Gwinnett Gladiators games at Gwinnett Arena:

  • Dec. 18, vs. South Carolina Stingrays, 7:05 pm
  • Dec. 19, vs. Greenville Road Warriors, 4:05 pm
  • Dec.26, vs. South Carolina Stingrays, 4:05 pm
  • Dec. 28, vs. Wheeling Nailers, 7:05 pm

Visit www.gwinnettgladiators.com for ticket information.

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