Bronx Hot Spots: Holiday family fun

The ice rink in Van Cortlandt Park is perfect for families willing to brave the cold weather.

The ice rink in Van Cortlandt Park is perfect for families willing to brave the cold weather. (12/27/13)

THE BRONX - Even though Santa made his home deliveries this week, there are still plenty of places families can go to enjoy the rest of the holiday season in this week's Bronx Hot Spots.

The ice rink in Van Cortlandt Park is a good time for families willing to brave the wintry weather. Even if you have never picked up a pair of skates before, instructors will be able to assist you.

The rink does have a special holiday schedule to keep in mind. From now until Jan. 1, the rink will be open until 10 p.m. Starting on Jan. 2, it will be open from noon to 8 p.m., and on Jan. 3 and 4, it will close at 10 p.m. On Jan. 5, the skating session will open midday and close at 8 p.m.

During the holiday schedule, entry will be $8 and skate rentals will cost $5.

For those looking to enjoy some family time indoors, the New York Botanical Garden Conservatory will fit your preference. The holiday train show is chugging along from now until Jan. 12. Sticking to holiday tradition, these miniature model trains are riding the tracks for the 22nd time. Visitors can walk through the natural environment filled with trails and bark-lined rails, feasting their eyes on over 20 sets of trains traveling around over 150 New York landmarks.

Bronx residents wanting a more stationary experience may wish to visit the Poe Park Visitor Center, which has been transformed into a whimsical winter wonder exhibit highlighting 42 pieces of art by 15 artists, from Finland to Tennessee. The exhibit will remain open until Jan. 31.

Tune to News 12 every Friday to discover a new neighborhood hot spot.

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