The Ultimate Christmas Break Planner – 2014 2014-12-18T04:49:02+00:00

The UltimateChristmasBreak Planner



  • Go sledding, tubing, or ice skating at Echo Valley.  
  • Visit to Reindeer Ranch to see the reindeer in their natural element. They have their Blitzen Bash on December 20 & 21.
  • Go bowling, play video games, or try the laser tag at Airway LanesCraig’s Cruisers in Wyoming is less than an hour drive away. Both Airway Lanes and Craig’s Cruisers have holiday specials this month.
  • Attend one of the open gyms at Kids’ Gym in Portage.
  • 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!”
  • Attend one of the holiday themed storytime events at the Kalamazoo library or Portage library. KPL has Bubbleman, cup stacking, crafts, and more! See our Event Calendar for the full listings of these events.
  • Make a craft at Michael’s and join in on the kid’s day fun.
  • 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 reader favorites.
  • Get into the New Year’s spirit with the New Year’s Fest in Downtown Kalamazoo. There’s a ton of family friendly entertainment!
  • Get day passes for a waterpark. Surfari Joe’s in Watervliet is under an hour away and offers a fun little getaway from the winter blahs.
  • Volunteer with your kids. Volunteer Kalamazoo has some great ideas for volunteering with your kids this holiday season.
  • Enjoy the zoo in the winter for the Zoolights at the Binder Park Zoo.
  • 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.
  • 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 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?