by Jill P
By now you know that our KZOOkids.com EVENT CALENDAR is loaded with great activities in and around Kalamazoo. If you’re in a hurry and want to put together a super day by day activity plan, you’ll love this Christmas Break activity planner! Note: some of these activities and camps will require advanced registration.
Have a great Christmas Break and enjoy time with the family.
Monday, December 23
- Venture out to Grand Rapids to Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park and enjoy the Christmas and Holiday Traditions Around The World.
- Santa’s Workshop in Downtown Kalamazoo is a wonderful place where children can take their time, make their own crafts, and write letters to Santa. Santa’s Workshop hours today are 11am to 4pm.
- Screening of Polar Express at the PDL from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. Join us for a screening of Polar Express! Enjoy hot coco at the coco bar and then snuggle in with your family to watch the beloved holiday classic. Pajamas and blankies are encouraged. When registering, simply enter your family’s name and how many will be in attendance along with your phone number. Registration required.
Tuesday, December 24
- Christmas Craft Day at Kids Play ETC in Portage from 10am -1pm. Join us for a fun time and Christmas Craft Day at Kids Play ETC. $1 off regular admission. Kids Play ETC has interactive toys, fun activities, and large and safe play areas. Normal Admission is $6.50 per visit or $25 for 5 visits.
- Start a new Christmas Eve tradition and go ice skating at Ice Skating at Millennium Park which is open from 11 am to 5 pm.
- Drive through “Lights Alive” and see the outdoor Christmas light display at the Kalamazoo Community Church in Kalamazoo at 6:30 on Christmas Eve.
Wednesday, December 25
- Stay home, open presents, eat good food, and enjoy your family. Watch a holiday movie or the Disney Holiday Parade starting at 10 am.
Thursday, December 26
- Kalamazoo Nature Center if offering a Winter Discovery Programs in at the Interpretive Center at KNC between 10am – 4pm during winter break for different hands-on winter activities each day! A Naturalist will be on hand to encourage exploration and assist with the fun. Thursday’s Theme is What’s Under the Ground?: Dig under the snow and into the soil to discover what lives in the soil?
- Holiday Nights at Binder Park Zoo in Battle Creek from 5 pm to 9 pm. Stroll along lighted paths with nightly entertainment as you view some of our weather-hardy animals on exhibit enjoying the winter season.These special evenings will include unlimited FREE carousel rides, FREE train rides, FREE bring-your-own-skates ice rink (both the train and ice rink are weather dependent), up-close animal meet and greets, and seasonal holiday refreshments.
Friday, December 27
- Bling in the New Year! at the Air Zoo Holiday Camp. Children will explore the exciting world of electricity and magnetism by interacting and experimenting with electromagnets, a plasma globe, the world’s first battery and eve a working, and completely safe, Van de Graaff generator that makes your hair stand up! By manipulating open and closed circuits through various objects, the students discover how to generate VOLTAGE using fruit, balloons, magnets, and even the human body!
- Yummy New Year’s Hats at the Oshtemo Branch Library of KPL from 2 pm – 3 pm. Stop by and decorate an edible New Year’s hat. Save it for January 1 or eat it as soon as you’re done creating it! Registration required.
- Warm up and see a movie at Kalamazoo 10, the Alamo Drafthouse or Crossroads movie theaters.
Saturday, December 28
- Holiday Skate at the Lawton Ice Arena from 5 to 7 pm. Enjoy ice skating with your family. Open Skate Admission: $3 per person, $1 skate rental.
- Join Music Director Dr. Barry Ross and an all volunteer orchestra for BeethovenFest! 2013 from 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm @ St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. The program will feature celebrated violinist Dylana Jenson, and her husband, the superb cellist and Music Director of the Grand Rapids Symphony, Maestro David Lockington. Suggested Donation: $20 Adults; $5 Students.
- Volunteer with your kids. Volunteer Kalamazoo has some great ideas for volunteering with your kids this holiday season.
Sunday, December 29
- The 2013 International Festival of Lights will again return in all its beauty with many light structures and a new light feature on the Battle Creek River along State Street. Nightly, children romp through the structures singing and enjoying quality family time together. Enjoy the beauty of the lights in and around downtown Battle Creek.
- Ride some of the rides at the Air Zoo and explore all of the great airplanes and spacecraft there.
- Go skiing or snowboarding (or learn how to) at Timber Ridge or Bittersweet.
Monday, December 30
- Go bowling at Airway Lanes in Portage and enjoy their other activities, too. They currently have a Winter Wonder special that goes from Dec. 1st – Dec. 31st for $12.95 which included one game bowling w/shoes, 2 basic activities from the laser maze, number cars, time freak, etc and a $5 game card.
- Season of Light at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum at 1 pm. Explore the nature of our holiday traditions as Season of Light recounts the historical, religious, and cultural customs throughout time. Trace Christian, Judaic, Celtic, Hopi, Roman, and Nordic roots to make connections from celestial objects to our modern-day holiday rituals. $3/ticket
- Create a work of art at the Art Bayou. Make a special art piece or something to commemorate the 2013.
Tuesday, December 31
- Celebrate with New Year’s Fest in Downtown Kalamazoo from 5 pm to 1 am. Kalamazoo tradition, New Year’s Fest brings the community together for a night of fun-filled activities for the entire family. This year there will be some NYF fan-favorites, as well as new entertainers that are sure to create that extra special memory and tradition. New Year’s Fest is not only a tradition, but it’s a night that makes bringing in the New Year enjoyable, and surely an experience you wouldn’t want to miss!
- Take the Holly Jolly Trolly around Downtown Kalamazoo from 5pm to 1am. The Holly Jolly Trolley is a wonderful way to take in the holiday decorations and lights while getting around downtown. To ride, just wait by one of the stops as shown on the map. To help you plan, it leaves Bronson Park at the top and bottom of every hour. It’s free!
- Work off excess energy at Bounceland or Jungle Joe’s. RSVP for Jungle Joe’s New Year’s Eve Party starting from 5-8 pm.
Wednesday, January 1
- Attend Holiday Happenings Make a Joyful Noise! at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum from 1-4 p.m. Free. The theme for the hands-on happenings is “It’s a Dance Party!” Learn group dances and make dance-related crafts.
- While at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum, participate in the Mini Mission Voyage to Mars at 3 pm for $3 per person. This is a mini-mission is an interactive, hands-on simulated space mission in which participants assume the roles and duties of the astronaut crew. Just like real astronauts, the crew will read and follow directions to successfully complete their mission.
- Head out to your favorite park to do some sledding. We like Oakland Drive Park in Portage or Kindleburger Park in Parchment.
Thursday, January 2
- Attend the Winter Break Camp at the KNC. Two camps are offered depending on the age of your children a half day camp is from 9 am to 12 pm for 4-5 year olds. The theme for the 1/2 day camp is Wild in Winter. The full day camp is for grades 1-5. The Theme for January 2nd is Survival Skills. Learn how animals survive the winter and practice the skills that winter explorers use to stay safe and have fun outside!
- Attend the Sherman Lake YMCA Winter Camp 2014 from Thursday, January 2nd – Friday, January 3rd. Winter camp is the time to reunite with your summer camp friends & counselors. Archery, Swimming, Capture the Pig, Rock Climbing, Arts & Crafts, Group Games, Quick Draw, Dodge Ball, Sledding, and much, much more.
- Try climb at Climb Kalamazoo for a fun time of rock climbing open from 10am-10pm.
Friday, January 3
- Go sledding or tubing at Echo Valley in Comstock from 11:30 am to 8pm. This a a fun place to do your first tubing or sledding of the season! Make sure you check their website as their hours and dates of opening are weather dependent.
- Movie & Popcorn @ Powell branch of the Kalamazoo District Library at 2 pm. Enjoy The Croods with friends and treats! All ages. After their cave is destroyed, a caveman family must trek through an unfamiliar fantastical world with the help of an inventive boy.
- Go rollerskating at Rollerworld. Fridays feature Friday After School Matinee – 5:00 to 7:00pm or Funtastic Friday 7:00 to 10:00pm. Or skating at Long Lake Roller Rink features Holiday Break Skate from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm or “All About Kids Night” from 7pm to 10pm.
- Take in a hockey game at the KWings Stadium. The KWings have a home game that starts at 7:30 pm.
Hope this Christmas Break-Day By Day Planner gives you some ideas on how to plan your Christmas break. Also, check out our 30 Kalamazoo Christmas Break Ideas blog for other great ideas of fun things to do with your family in Kalamazoo during Christmas Break. Enjoy!