by Jill P

Winter is here! Many of us had our first snow day this week and winter has definitely arrived. We have ideas to help you make the most of this winter. This week we published a number of new articles that we wanted to highlight again here. Did you know that we publish 3-5 new articles per week? So make sure that you’re checking our KZOOkids.com website to stay in the loop.

Weekly Highlights

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We’re excited about our latest giveaway! We love the arts opportunities that we have in our community and the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra’s Discovery Series is one of our favorites. You’ll want to get your tickets now or enter to WIN Tickets To The KSO’s Vivaldi’s Ring of Mystery. This performance is scheduled for Sunday, January 31 at 3:00 pm in the Chenery Auditorium. You’ll want to arrive early, activities start at 2:00 pm.

INDOOR SNOW DAY

Bookmark 15 Ideas for an Indoor Snow Day Adventure. We just had our first snow day this week and there are more to come, we’re sure.

Lots of great preschool open houses are coming soon! Check our Preschool Open Houses – Early 2016 for more great opportunities to check out some great preschools.

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Have you made your winter bucketlist yet? We have. Our 10 Fun Things You’ll Want To Do This Winter has plenty of ideas for winter fun.
 

For this weekend, consider…

See individual listings for times, pricing, and venue information. 

 

Southwest Michigan Family Wellness Expo | January16 from 10:00 am -3:00 pm | Kalamazoo Expo Center in Kalamazoo.

    • An expo featuring vendors to help you improve your physical and mental health. Admission is free.

 

KSO Carnival of the Animals | January 16 two events – one at 10:30 am and the second at 12:00 pm | Kalamazoo Library -Oshtemo Branch

  • Explore animals through music! A well-loved family classic comes to life as it is performed by the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra’s Brass Quintet. Enjoy an Instrument Petting Zoo, meet the musicians, and create a craft based on the movements of these lively animals! This concert is part of the KSO Family Fun Chamber Series and has been sponsored in part by Biggby Coffee. Registration required (go to the KPL website to register).

 

Snowshoe Nature Hike | January 16 from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm | West Lake Nature Preserve in Portage

  • Join a Kalamazoo Nature Center Naturalist to explore the West Lake Nature Preserve in search of signs for insects, birds and mammals. Demo snowshoes available on a first-come, first-served basis, courtesy of Lee’s Adventure Sports.
  • The nature hike will occur regardless of snow conditions; hiking boots may be worn if preferred. Open to all ages, this nature hike will be a great way to make outdoor memories with your family.

 

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Winter Detective Hike | January 17 from 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm | Kalamazoo Nature Center in Kalamazoo

  • Explore the trails near the Visitor Center in search of what is out moving around and why. Look for scat, tracks, feathers and fur! Dress for the weather. Normal admission fees apply.

 

More winter fun can be found on our Event Calendar. Check it out here!

 

EVENT CALENDAR FOR THIS WEEKEND

Friday January 15, 2016

Date/Time Event
12:00 AMIce Skating at Wings West
12:00 AMThe Ice Rink at Millennium Park
9:00 AMOpen Bounce at Jungle Joe's
10:00 AMBounceland Open Jump
10:00 AMToddler Time at Sky Zone Kalamazoo
10:15 AMPreschool Story Time!
10:30 AMFamily Storytime
10:30 AMFamily Storytime
10:30 AMLittle Scientists
3:00 PMOpen Jump Time at Sky Zone Kalamazoo
7:00 PMOpen Gym - Battle Creek
8:00 PMJumpapalooza

Saturday January 16, 2016

Date/Time Event
12:00 AMIce Skating at Wings West
12:00 AMThe Ice Rink at Millennium Park
12:00 AMWeekend Open Skate
9:00 AMOpen Bounce at Jungle Joe's
10:00 AMBenjamin and Analisa at Old Dog Tavern
10:00 AMBounceland Open Jump
10:00 AMFrozen Drama, Dance, and Art Workshop
10:00 AMOpen Jump Time at Sky Zone Kalamazoo
10:00 AMSouthwest Michigan Family Wellness Expo
10:00 AMWinter Sports Helmet Blitz
10:30 AMKSO Carnival of the Animals
10:30 AMLEGO at the Library
10:30 AMSaturday Storytimes
11:00 AMCreature Feature: Screech Owl
11:00 AMLivia the Library Dog
12:00 PMKSO Carnival of the Animals
2:00 PMIce Skating at Lawson Ice Arena
2:00 PMSnowshoe Nature Hike
5:00 PMParents' Night Out
8:00 PMMen Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus Live!

Sunday January 17, 2016

Date/Time Event
12:00 AMIce Skating at Wings West
12:00 AMPrincess Tea Party
12:00 AMThe Ice Rink at Millennium Park
12:00 AMWeekend Open Skate
9:00 AMPancakes & Pins
11:00 AMBounceland Open Jump
12:00 PMOpen Bounce at Jungle Joe's
12:00 PMOpen Jump Time at Sky Zone Kalamazoo
2:00 PMIce Skating at Lawson Ice Arena
2:00 PMWinter Detective Hike
9:00 PMBowl Your Head Off

 

 

 

These events and more can be found on our Events Calendar at KZOOkids.com. What fun things will you be doing this weekend?

 

 

 

By | 2016-01-15T08:17:07+00:00 January 15th, 2016|Categories: Around Kalamazoo, Newly Published, Weekend Picks|Tags: |Comments Off on Weekend Picks for the Kalamazoo Parent – Adventures With Kids! – January 15

About the Author:

Jill is a mom of a busy 8 year old son. KZOOkids.com was started in 2013 to showcase all of the great things to do in and around Kalamazoo. When not working the KZOOkids.com website, Jill likes to hike, cook, and read in her free time.