Things to do during Christmas vacation

Julia Scheib

The holiday vacation can be a great opportunity to spend time with family, but it's also a time when many of us are highly susceptible to cabin fever.

The York County Heritage Trust is headquartered at 250 E. Market St. in York City. (Julia Scheib  - The York Dispatch)

Before you (and the youngest members of your family) feel like you're bouncing off the walls, you might want to plan some activities. Several area museums have special schedules, rates and activities for the holiday season.

York County Heritage Trust museums

Visitors to the Historical Society Museum, 250 E. Market St., York, and the Agricultural and Industrial Museum, 217 W. Princess St., York, will get a 50 percent discount on admission during the holiday week. Discounted admission rates are: $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, $2.50 for students and free for children 5 and under.

The discount runs until Saturday, Jan. 2. It does not apply to library and archives admissions.

Both museums will close at 1 p.m. on New Year's Eve and are closed all day New Year's Day.

Melanie Hady, marketing director at the Heritage Trust, said prospective visitors might be interested to know there's a new exhibit of historical clothing in the lobby at the Historical Society Museum, as well as a fairly new exhibit about Jacob Devers, a York native who served in World War II.

"He was a four-star general, but not really famous — they called him 'the unknown general,'" she said.

For more information about the Heritage Trust, visit

National Watch and Clock Museum

On New Year's Eve, the National Watch and Clock Museum, at 514 Poplar St. in Columbia, will host a special event for kids called New Year's at Noon.

The event will start at 10 a.m., when the museum opens, and include hands-on activities for kids and a "balloon drop" at noon, gift shop manager Abby Krouse said.

It's free with the price of admission, which is $9 for adults, $8 for seniors, $5 for kids ages 5 to 16 and free for kids under 5.

Right now the museum has an exhibit called "James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution," which features examples of all 12 quartz wristwatch models the fictional James Bond character wore in movies that came out between 1973 and 1995.

There's also an exhibit featuring clocks, from the most primitive early models to the most recent high-tech designs. The exhibit highlights the struggles of workers throughout history.

For more information about the museum, visit

Kids' cooking classes

Cooking classes for kids ages 3 to 5 will be held at 10 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 30, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 2121 Roosevelt Ave.

"They'll make a cinnamon-chocolate popcorn snack and fruit rainbows of fruit kabobs," arranging pieces of fruit in the colors of the rainbow, said Kelly Wilson, who will teach the class.

Wilson will also teach kids to make fruit dip and smoothies, she said.

The class costs $8, and Wilson offers a $2 discount for each additional sibling attending it. She is open to admitting children outside the age range of 3 to 5 but asks that parents let her know if that is the case.

To sign children up for the class or contact Wilson, visit

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