Resources and Family-Friendly Ideas for Winter Break
Posted by Saint Paul Public Schools on December 13, 2018
Saint Paul Public Schools will be on Winter Break from Friday, Dec. 21, through Tuesday, Jan. 1. Here are some resources for families, and a few ideas to get your family out and about during break.
Meals and Resources
In observance of the Christmas holiday on Dec. 24-25, some local organizations have a tradition of serving free or low-cost meals or providing assistance.
Loaves and Fishes: Most of the Loaves and Fishes dining sites will be closed on Christmas Day, but will be open regularly throughout the break. The St. Stephens location in Minneapolis will serve dinner on Christmas Day, Dec. 25, from 5:30-6:30. On days other than Christmas Day, Saint Paul families can contact Loaves and Fishes or visit locations including:
Call 612-377-9810 for more information and additional locations.
The Sheridan Story (TSS)/Twin Cities YMCA: December 27 – January 6, all YMCA Twin Cities Branch locations will have TSS bags of food available for anyone who requests it (while supplies last). Simply go to the front desk and ask for a bag of food. Please note: You do not need to be a member of the YMCA and you do not need to provide any contact information.
Union Gospel Mission: Throughout the year, the Union Gospel Mission serves meals to people in need. This year, its annual Christmas Day meal is from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. at 435 University Ave. E., Saint Paul. Contact 651-292-1721 for more information.
- Link: Union Gospel Mission website - www.ugmtc.org
FoodPantries.org maintains a full list of resource providers for families that can be located by zip code, including Catholic Charities, the Hallie Q. Brown Food Shelf, the Masjid At-Taqwa food shelf, Salvation Army and more.
Things to Do
Here are some ideas to get your family out and about during break:
- Science Museum of Minnesota: Special exhibits open through Winter Break include Illumination, Sportsology and “Search for the Great Sharks” in the Omnitheater. The museum is closed on Christmas Day, but open on New Year’s Day. Some student discounts are also available. For more information and happenings at the Science Museum, visit www.smm.org.
- Minnesota Children’s Museum: There are all sorts of things happening at the Minnesota Children’s Museum, including the Scramble, Forces at Play, Super Awesome Adventures and Imaginopolis. The museum is closed Dec. 24-25 in observation of Christmas, but is open on New Year’s Day. Here is a link to the museum’s information.
- Twin Cities Model Railroad Museum: Night Trains, a special holiday tradition at the Twin Cities Model Railroad Museum, runs 6 to 9 p.m. Saturdays through Feb. 23. Cost is $15 per person, with family and group rates available. Kids under age 4 are free. Santa will be at the museum on Dec. 22. For more information, visit www.tcmrm.org.
- WinterSkate: Ice skate next to the Landmark Center and Rice Park. Skating is open most days at 11 a.m., with extended hours on weekends. WinterSkate is closed all day on Dec. 25 and Jan. 1. Skate rental is available.
- Como Zoo: The Como Zoo has exhibits, programs and story time. The zoois open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. For a full list of daily events, visit www.comozooconservatory.org.
- Saint Paul Public Library: All Saint Paul Public Libraries are closed Dec. 24-25, but there are plenty of programs and events happening at the library over Winter Break, including Maker Break. To view a calendar of programs and exhibits, visit www.sppl.org.
- Winter Blast: Saint Paul Parks and Recreation is hosting Winter Blast Dec. 26-28, which offers free, supervised recreation activities for children at recreation centers across the city. Saint Paul Parks and Recreation also hosts some additional all-day activities. Space is limited, so register online.