6 Ways Not to Go Completely Stir-Crazy Over the Holiday Break

Boredom-busting activities to keep you moving on your days off.



If you’re looking forward to your time off (You did remember to take time off this week, right?) with just the tiniest hint of cabin fever-induced trepidation, I feel ya. While staying in and cozying up with some good ol’ fashioned daytime TV is fun for like, a day, you certainly can’t fathom doing that for seven days straight.

So if you’re looking to fill your calendar with activities that’ll get your blood flowing, check out our ideas below. (Surprise—not all of them involve working up a sweat!)

1. Explore Longwood Gardens.

If you haven’t been in years, now’s the time for a revisit. Make a trek out to Kennett Square’s Longwood Gardens and spend some time meandering through the indoor and outdoor Christmas garden displays. This year’s theme is birds galore, so look for nests, birdhouses, feathers and more. The holiday festivities go on until January 11th, so you have plenty of time to fit in a visit.

2. Go ice skating.

The Blue Cross River Rink at Penn’s Landing and the Rothman Ice Rink at Dilworth Park will both be open and buzzing between Christmas and New Year’s. Burn off some post-holiday calories as you glide around the ice and take in the pretty city views.

3. Try a trail run.

Look, just because it’s wintertime doesn’t mean you need to abandon your outdoor running goals. In fact, winter trail runs are some of the best because you deal with fewer walkers and hikers, which makes for a peaceful, rejuvenating outing. Check out our picks for the top five places to hit the trails in the Philadelphia region.

4. Do a museum crawl.

There are a handful of Philly museums I have always meant to hit but have never gotten around to visiting. What better time than your days off from the office to finally check those museums off your to-do list? Start with the Mütter Museum, then start working your way through this Philly museum guide.

5. Bounce, bounce and bounce some more.

Have you checked out Sky Zone yet? The indoor trampoline park, which now has locations in Glen Mills, Oaks, Levittown and Moorestown, is exactly what it sounds like: a giant warehouse space filled with wall-to-wall trampolines. I tried out one of their fitness classes when the region’s first location in Oaks opened last year. And yes, it was a total blast.

6. Go climb a rock.

Speaking of indoor diversions, your break from work may also be the perfect time to try one of our area’s indoor rock climbing facilities. Go Vertical on the Delaware Riverfront earned a Best of Philly award this year thanks to its friendly staff and beginner-friendly options. Another good bet is Philadelphia Rock Gyms, which has locations in Oaks, East Falls and Brandywine Valley.

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