Trouble Hunters: After-Christmas Activities for Kids

Whether you are looking to explore the outdoors or prefer to have fun indoors, there is a plethora of activities in the Longview area.

LONGVIEW, Texas – The Christmas season is drawing to a close, but the kids are still out of school and stuck at home.

Whether you are looking to explore the outdoors or prefer to have fun indoors, there is a plethora of activities in the Longview area.

Go away

Do you want to experience nature in your own garden and maybe get some exercise? Try these outdoor spots:

The 26-acre Longview Arboretum and Nature Center features a plethora of plants, flowers, bodies of water and more. The property at 706 W. Cotton St. is open 10 am to 5 pm Wednesday through Saturday and noon to 5 pm Sunday and closed on New Years Day. Entrance is free for members; $ 5 for general admission; free for children 3 and under, $ 3 for seniors and the military; and $ 18 for a family pass for up to six people.

The town of Longview has many walking trails that also provide opportunities for joggers, cyclists, pets and more. For more information, visit

Tyler State Park has 13 miles of hiking, biking and fishing trails. You can borrow a rod and reel, but you have to buy the bait, which is sold at the park store. Kayaks and canoes are also available for hire. The park is open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with an entrance fee of $ 6 for adults. Children 12 and under are admitted free. The park is closed on Christmas Day. Regular hours will be observed on New Years Eve and New Years Day.

Brain buzz

Even if school is over, that doesn’t mean that learning should also take a break:

The Longview Public Library has more to explore than just books. Video games, DVDs, and Blu-rays are some of the entertainment that can be purchased with a library card.

Active fun

Air U Trampoline Park, 4300 US 259, has a wide range of trampolines to bounce on and foam pits to jump in. It will be closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day and open from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. on New Year’s Eve and from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on New Year’s Day. Check the Air U Facebook page for hourly updates. Regular park hours are 4 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, and 1 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sunday.

G-Force, 4800 Gilmer Road, satisfies everyone who needs speed. Go-cart races, trampolines and arcade games are available in the indoor complex. G-Force offers special holiday hours while children are out of school. Temporary hours are from noon to 8 p.m. Monday to Thursday, from noon to 10 p.m. on Friday, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday and from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday. Normal weekday hours when school resumes at 4 p.m.

Stuck in the holiday spirit?

Not ready to let go of this holiday cheer? Head to some of these attractions for a bright night:

Carmela’s Magical Santa Land, 6085 US 259 ​​North, will only be there for a few more weeks, so grab your keys and queue. The light exhibition is open from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday to Thursday and from 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays until January 5. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.

Christmas in the Park is a free community light show set up by volunteers at Hugh Camp Memorial Park in Liberty City, 5716 Old Highway 135 N. The lights come on after dark and stay on until dark. park closes at 9 p.m. new Year.

Find out more, including more options after the holidays from our press partners, the Longview News-Journal.

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