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‘Tis the season to draw close to kith and kin and celebrate the wonder of the holidays. And then sometimes there’s cabin fever.

But kids don’t have to be cooped up throughout the school break. A few installations in Europe are holding programs, activities and events.

In Germany, the Landstuhl school age services program is offering a winter camp for elementary school age kids that includes ice skating on Dec. 27 and 28 and bowling from Jan. 2 to 4, according to employee Miranda Sutton.

Registration is being held at Pulaski Barracks. Call (49) 0631 3406 4516 for more information on the winter camp.

The Vogelweh community center will be open for much of the holiday season barring Christmas, featuring its regular diet of X-Box 360 game counsels, wireless Internet connection and Armed Forces Network television.

But it won’t offer programs. “When we scheduled them before, no one would come. Everyone just stays at home,” said employee Shanda Allmond. Danner Kaserne is also not offering any program or event over the holiday.

Some events are planned in Italy.

Moral Welfare and Recreation in Gaeta, a small Navy installation roughly an hour’s drive north of Naples, offers a variety of activities for kids during the winter break.

From Dec. 26 through Jan. 4 (except on New Year’s Day), children can sign up to join friends for games, movies, sports and art at the Boys and Girls Club of Gaeta.

Those who attend must bring a lunch, although snacks will be provided.

Dec. 26 through 28, MWR will host a “hot shot” contest that includes swimming, basketball and kickball competitions. On Jan. 2, the children can spend the day sledding at Campitello Snow Park. For more information or to sign up, visit index.htm or call DSN 626-4050.

In the United Kingdom, 48th Avenue at RAF Lakenheath will host a day of family board games from noon to 6 p.m. on Dec. 29.

And it will hold a family fun day from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Dec. 31. Three days later, it’s open mic night from 8 p.m.


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