MOUNT GREENWOOD — Once the presents are all unwrapped and the cookies have gone stale, the stage is set for dodge ball and children's movies in the 19th Ward.
"What [parents] love about dodge ball is they can drop their kids off and go return that ill-fitting sweater or whatever and pick the kids up later," O'Shea said.
Children are grouped by age and randomly assigned teams. The schedule is posted online prior to the two-day tournament.
Another winter break tradition, the 6th Annual 19th Ward Children's Film Festival is set for Dec. 30 at the Beverly Arts Center. "Despicable Me 2" will air at 10 a.m., and "Monsters University" is scheduled for 1 p.m.
Admission is $1 per movie and includes a snack during the show. The movies are shown in the art center's 400-seat theater at 2407 W 111th St. in Morgan Park. The morning movie is often near capacity, and the afternoon showing isn't far behind, O'Shea said.
Parents of children living in the 19th Ward can reserve tickets for both screenings online.