Ask any parent and they'll tell you: Christmas eve is the slowest day of the year. You're trying to finish all the last minute stuff before the in-laws arrive, and your damn wiener kids keep asking you "how much longer till Christmas?" every 90 seconds. Listen, one of you needs to dad-up and get those kids out of the house. Lucky for you Steinberg Ice Skating Rink is open every day, with extended hours for the holiday season. You can tire the nippers out by challenging them to see which of them can skate 50 laps the fastest, and you get to drink cocoa (or something stronger). The best part? Technically, you're helping. Ah, Christmas.
10 a.m.-midnight daily (Dec. 19-Jan. 3). Steinberg Skating Rink in Forest Park (400 Jefferson Drive; www.steinbergskatingrink.com). $7 admission, $5 skate rental.
Dec. 19-Jan. 3, 10 a.m.-11:59 p.m., 2014