Whether you need a cure for cabin fever, want to stimulate young minds or just yearn to see your kids look up from their electronics for a few minutes, come to the Kitsap Peninsula. We’ve got a sleighful of activities that are fun for the whole family.

Light Up the Night – We all need a little light to pierce the December darkness and the Port of Kingston’s holiday display brings the magic. There’s a beachscape that includes a giant sea turtle and a garden of colorful blooms that cheers the darkest night. The display next to the Kingston ferry continues daily through Jan. 5 and is free. More info.

Can’t get enough holiday lights? Try Christmas in Big Valley through Jan. 2. Ron Comin spends six to eight weeks each fall transforming his 1.5-acre property into a wonderland with more than 70,000 lights. There’s a toy railroad, waterfall, Candy Cane Lane, Nativity and North Pole workshop. Kids under age six get in free. It’s $7 for everyone else. Details.

Hands-on Museums – Ring in the New Year KiDiMu style at noon on Dec. 31, when the Kids Discovery Museum on Bainbridge hosts its annual countdown to noon, with a balloon drop, crafts, bingo and face painting. Check the schedule for other break activities, including Messy Monday, Tuesday Tunes and Math Wednesday. Admission is $7, with discounts for seniors and military. Learn more.

Undersea Naval MuseumFor more hands-on fun, try manning the controls of a submarine at the Naval Undersea Museum at Keyport, put on a show at the Valentinetti Puppet Museum or get up close and personal with creepy crawlies at Bremerton’s Bug and Reptile Museum. The undersea and bug museums are free; a per-family donation of $5 is suggested for the puppet museum.

Would you like ice with that? – Channel your inner Olympian at the Bremerton Ice Center. Check the calendar for daily public sessions. General admission is $6.50 and skates are $2.50. Look for Cheap Skate sessions, when the $6 admission includes skate rental.

Get Outside – Explore area shorelines at night and learn what lives under the docks at 9:30 p.m. Dec. 25 at Bainbridge Island Ferry Terminal beach and from 7-8:30 p.m. Dec. 31 at the Poulsbo Marina. Kitsap Beach Naturalists will share their knowledge at both locations. In Poulsbo, a volunteer with the Poulsbo Marine Science Center will be diving to help share the living treasures under the sea. Register for the free beach explorations here.

Bloedel ReserveA waterfall, trestle bridge and Japanese garden are just a few of the joys awaiting at the Bloedel Reserve, which is beautiful in any season. Through Jan. 3, the visitor’s center is transformed into a charming miniature town with intricately designed buildings and whimsical trains. It’s sure to captivate children of all ages and is included with garden admission, which is $15 for adults, $8 for students ages 13-18, $5 for children ages 5-12 and free for children age 4 and younger. More info.

There’s free entrance to all state parks on New Year’s Day and Kitsap has some beauties. Scenic Beach lives up to its name with close-up views of the Olympic Mountains and Kitsap Memorial and Illahee are oases of green close to city amenities.

Out-of-this-World Fun – Bremerton’s Pacific Planetarium is hosting winter break STEM programs to intrigue the next generation of astronauts and stargazers. Preschoolers can “Rocket to the Planets,” 6- and 7-year olds can learn what happened to the dinosaurs when asteroids hit the earth 65 million years ago and children ages 6-9 can plan a mission to Mars. There’s also an “Explore the Moon” program for the whole family. For info and to purchase tickets.