35 Christmas Break Ideas – 2014 2014-12-01T11:58:25+00:00


by Jill P


Yes, Christmas break is right around the corner. If you’re not heading out of town here are some great options for Christmas break fun with your kids in and around Kalamazoo.

  1. Ice Skating at Millennium ParkWings West, or at Lawson Ice Areana at WMU.
  2. Go sledding, tubing, or ice skating at Echo Valley.
  3. Visit to Reindeer Ranch to see the reindeer in their natural element.
  4. Work off excess energy at Bounceland or Jungle Joe’s.
  5. Go bowling, play video games, or try the laser tag at Airway Lanes. Craig’s Cruisers in Wyoming is less than an hour drive away
  6. Go skiing or snowboarding (or learn how to) at Timber Ridge  or Bittersweet.
  7. Take in a hockey game at the KWings Stadium. During Christmas Break there are two special events: New Year’s Eve Bash with the K-Wings or Summertime In The Snow.
  8. Participate in one of the Winter Break Camps at the Kalamazoo Nature Center  during the week of December 29 or at Winter Camp Sherman Lake YMCA December 29 &30.
  9. Make your own snow day movie party or DVR your kiddos favorite holiday movies. Check out the USA Today or ABC Family 25 Days of Christmas to see what’s on.
  10. Attend one of the open gyms at Kids’ Gym in Portage.
  11. Warm up and see a movie at Kalamazoo 10, the Alamo Drafthouse or Crossroads movie theaters.  Alamo Draft House offers Baby Days on Tuesdays for shows that start before 2 pm and is offering some fun movie classics such as A Christmas Carol, Miracle on 34th Street, and Santa Claus Conquers The Martians. 
  12. Ride some of the rides at the Air Zoo and explore all of the great airplanes and spacecraft for an “out of this world” experience. Or sign your kids up for one of their Winter Science Camps-“Weathering Earth” or Tiger Trek!”
  13. Attend one of the holiday themed storytime events at the Kalamazoo library or Portage library.
  14. Make a craft at Michael’s and join in on the kid’s day fun.
  15. Visit Chuck-E-Cheese or Putter’s Family Fun Center to let the kiddos play some games.
  16. Head out to your favorite park to do some sledding.  We like Oakland Drive Park in Portage or Kindleburger Park in Parchment. See our Sledding Guide for some of our KZOOkids.com reader favorites.
  17. Get your kids pictures taken with Santa. See our Santa Sighting Guide – 2014 for ideas of fun places to see Santa this year.
  18. Get into the New Year’s spirit with the New Year’s Fest in Downtown Kalamazoo. There’s a ton of family friendly entertainment!
  19. Go open swim at the WMU swimming pool.
  20. Make a road trip to one of the children’s museums, Grand Rapids Children’s Museum in Grand RapidsCurious Kids in St. Joseph, or The Impressions 5 Museum in Lansing.
  21. Try climb at Climb Kalamazoo for a fun time of rock climbing.
  22. Venture out to Grand Rapids to Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park and enjoy the Christmas and Holiday Traditions Around The World or take a ride on their Sing-Along Trolly.
  23. Create a work of art at the Art Bayou.
  24. Get day passes for a waterpark. Safari Joe’s in Watervliet is under an hour away and offers a fun little getaway from the winter blahs.
  25. Take the Holly Jolly Trolly around Downtown Kalamazoo. It’s free!
  26. Volunteer with your kids. Volunteer Kalamazoo has some great ideas for volunteering with your kids this holiday season. Or drop off some canned good at Kalamazoo Loaves and Fishes.
  27. Enjoy the zoo in the winter for the Zoolights at the Binder Park Zoo.
  28. Experience the Challenger Experience or a show in the Planetarium at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum such as: SpacePark 360 or The Little Star That Could.
  29. Jump, bounce, and work off that excess energy at the newly opened Kalamazoo Sky Zone. You can make your reservation ahead on time on their website.
  30. Check out the “Real Pirates” exhibit at the Grand Rapids Public Museum. The exhibit runs through April 19, 2015.
  31. See some Holiday Christmas Lights with your kids. Our Holidays Light Guide – 2014 has some great ideas.
  32. Bundle up the kids and head outdoors for a walk. Check out our favorites places to walk, hike, of just enjoy.
  33. Need a break from the kiddos? Check out our Mom’s Night Out article for ideas of things to do after you put the kiddos to bed.


A lot of these ideas and more can be found on the KZOOkids.com calendar.   Please let us know if you have an event to add by submitting it to our calendar.

What fun things will you be doing this Christmas Break?