Surviving Winter Break: News 13 guide to family fun in December

Well Played is located on Wall Street and offers over 400 different board games and expansion packs. (Photo credit: WLOS Staff)

Do you have a houseful of kids and/or visiting family that you need to entertain? Never fear, our roundup is here:


Asheville has two trampoline parks: Sky Zone and Launch.

Hendersonvile's ice skating rink

Just opened downtown.

The pinball museum

There's now one in downtown Asheville, and one in Hendersonville.

The Asheville Museum of Science

From its website:

We have plenty of science to come and explore including our brand new Colburn Hall of Minerals, the STEM lab, our interactive panorama screen, the AMOS Mars Rover, our Teratophoneus dinosaur skeleton and fossil dig, Southern Appalachian Forest, Toddler Nest, Hurricane Simulator, fun temporary exhibits, and an exciting new gift shop.

Website here.

Fun Depot

Over 65,000 square feet of indoor activities: outdoor and indoor go-carts, 18-hole indoor mini-golf course, laser tag, bumper cars, a climbing wall, playgrounds and inflatables, mini-bowling, X-rider 4D Theater, arcade games, Aeroball, Lazer Frenzy, Atomic Rush and more.

Website here.


You've got two lanes to choose from: AMF Star Lanes and Sky Lanes.

Play Staytion

Locally owned and operated venue that offers mini-golf, go karts, bumper cars, batting cages, arcade games, boardgames, Magic the Gathering and more.

Website here.

Mountain Play Lodge

An indoor play center that's geard to younger kids, aged 10 and younger.

Website here.


This gamer's haven has 12 37-inch HDTV's set up for online and offline gaming on either PS3, 360, Xbox One and PS4.

Website here.

FOX-N-OTTER Adventure Puzzle Rooms and Breakout Games

FOX-N-OTTER offers escape rooms for families with 8-12 year olds, and more advanced rooms for older teens and adults. At Breakout, you have just one goal: escape the room in under an hour. "You’ll solve puzzles, crack codes, find hidden items, and more in order to escape."

The WNC Nature Center

Since so much of this nature have is outdoors, it's not the best choice for cold, snowy, or rainy days. But on a sunny winter day it's a treat for animal lovers.

Website here.

Asheville Pizza and Brewing

Cheap movies, pizza and tater tots? Parents can kick back and kids can have fun at this very family-friendly (and dog-friendly) venue.

Website here.

Paint your own pottery

Fired-Up Creative Lounge and Claying Around are two local places to spend the day painting and creating together.

The Hop Ice Creamery and both Hop Ice Cream locations

The Hop's two cafes sell ice cream (and are both great places to hang out), while the creamery gives fun tours. Both locations do free, kid-centered events with music, dance and more.

The Hop West

The Hop Ice Cream Cafe

Pack Library

The downtown classic includes a spacious chlidren's library on the lower floor.

Website here.

Well Played Board Game Cafe

This fun new downtown spot offers finger food, drinks and boardganes galore.

Website here.

Climbmax or Smoky Mountain Adventure Center

Climbmax and the Smoky Mountain Adventure Center both offer indoor climbing for all ages. Climbmax is downtown on Wall Street and the SMAC is by the river on Amboy Road.

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