By Betsy Natter

The holidays are fast approaching and the kids will soon be home for winter break. Once the excitement of new toys is over and they’re done playing with the boxes too, it will be time to head out for some family fun. Whether just for your family or out-of-town guests, now’s the time to plan an outing to some nearby venues in and around Montgomery County to keep the gang entertained.

Arnold’s Family Fun Center – Indoor sports fun
2200 West Dr., Oaks, PA 19456
(610) 666-0600

Burn off excess energy and play together at Arnold’s, where families can choose from a variety of activities all day long. Play laser tag in one of two exciting venues, go bowling, ride the go-karts, set the kids loose in Bounce Zone or take a 32’ challenge on the rock wall. On-site food venues are also available. Arnold’s is open daily beginning at 10 am. Check out their website for a complete listing of activities and pricing. http://www.arnoldsffc.com

Peddler’s Village – Gingerbread House Display
Rts 202 & 263, Lahaska, PA 18931
(215) 794-4000

A visit to this annual holiday event is a treat for young and old alike. The display features entries from area contestants ages kids through adult. Categories include traditional, kids, student, 3D creations and reproductions of a significant building. The display is showing through Jan. 2. Peddler’s Village also features shopping, restaurants and a place for the kids to play at Giggleberry Fair, including taking a ride on the historic carousel. Visit www.peddlersvillage.com/events for more information.

Crayola Experience – Interactive Creativity
30 Centre Sq., Easton, PA 18042
(610) 515-8000

Inspire your little ones to create with a visit to the Crayola Experience, an interactive play place for kids and adults alike. Become the star in your own coloring page, melt and play with melted crayons (it’s ok!) learn how crayons are made and jump around in the interactive dark room. The attractions are open daily from 10 am to 6 pm. Visit the website at http://www.crayolaexperience.com for more information and pricing.

Longwood Gardens – A Longwood Christmas
1001 Longwood Rd., Kennett Square, PA 19348
(610) 388-1000

Explore the beauty of the holiday with the magnificent botanical displays at Longwood Gardens. The annual showcase features 6,000 seasonal plants, lights, fountains, strolling carolers and festive adornments. Displays are both indoors and outside. Night time is especially spectacular as the walkway trees are illuminated and the Open Air Theater fountain displays a colorful and musical show every five-minutes. The gardens are open daily from 9 am to 10 pm and the Christmas spectacular is showing through Jan. 8. Tickets are timed for entry and can be purchased in advance online. Visit the interactive online map to pre-view all the sites at https://longwoodgardens.org/maps/christmas