25+ Winter Break Activities for Families Near Kalamazoo- 2021-2022

Winter Break Activities

Have Snow Much Fun with Winter Break Activities

We made it.

Another weird year as we navigate the pandemic is coming to a close, and we know many are looking for fun activities during the seasonal break.

It doesn’t get better than having time off to relax, enjoy time with family, and bask in one of the most enchanting seasons of the year, no matter which holiday you celebrate.

However, as the school hiatus progresses, the kids develop a strong case of cabin fever, and you are fresh out of ideas. Where to take the kids sledding or tubing? Where can you find indoor activities when you need a snow break?

We have done the research so you don’t have to: this guide includes 25+ boredom-smashing winter break activities to entertain and engage families in Kalamazoo over winter break.

Most area schools start winter break officially on December 20 and return to school on Monday, January 3, 2022.

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Give the gift of a clean home!

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Jeannie Cleaning now offers gift certificates.

Jeannie Cleaning

In this guide:

Sports and Physical Activities

1 – Build an epic snow fort in the backyard with these tips.

2 – Play soccer (nearly) every day! Kingdom Sports is offering daily drop-in sessions (Monday – Thursday) at their indoor facility in Portage over break.

Indoor Soccer
photo: Kingdom Sports

3 – Go skiing or snowboarding at Bittersweet Ski Resort in Otsego.

Otsego skiing
photo: Bittersweet Ski Resort

4 – Go ice skating: we’ve got the scoop on spots to try, both indoors and outside.

girls ice skating - Kalamazoo

Museums and Art

Air Zoo Winter Break 2021

5 – Visit the Air Zoo

6151 Portage Rd, Portage, MI 49002

Winter break has never been so exciting!

Join friends and family this holiday break for hands-on fun and learning for the entire family.

From aircraft, spacecraft, and inspiring exhibits, to rides and hands-on STEAM stations, we will keep you entertained, inspired and learning.

Join us from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM on Wednesday and Thursday, December 22-23 and 29-30 for some on-site and take-home STEAM fun with our educators at our DeNooyer Winter Break Family Fun Days and mark your calendar for Countdown to Noon on December 31 for a kid-themed celebration.

All activities are included with admission.

6 – Make your own sand candle with Kalamazoo Candle Company.

7 – Go on a scavenger hunt for beautiful artwork downtown with a mural crawl.

mural crawl with kids

8 – No hats or mittens required to build these snowman crafts.

9 – Pick up some pottery to paint at home from Art Bayou.

Kalamazoo Pottery Painting
photo: Art Bayou

10 – Visit Unveiling American Genius at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. This exhibit features work by women, African Americans and Latino artists.

Children 12 and under are free; register online for tickets.

11 – Visit the Kalamazoo Valley Museum (Tuesday – Saturday) to tour their exhibits. Register online to guarantee entry.

Nature & Sightseeing

12 – Head out to one of the Lake Michigan beaches to see beautiful ice formations on the piers.

13 – Experience one mile of Christmas lights as you drive Marshall’s Merry Mile through December 31.

Christmas Lights
photo: Merry Mile

14 – Take a stroll downtown through the sparkling lights. 

Christmas Lights
photo: Kalamazoo Downtown Partnership

15 – Bundle up and go for a hike on one of our favorite trails.

16 – Visit Portage City Center (near the library) to visit the illuminated statues and trees.

Finish your night with a trip to Celery Flats to see the giant Christmas cards, lights and fireplace scene in the pavilion.

Celery Flats Christmas

17 – Take a drive down Christmas Card Lane to see over 40 oversized Christmas cards in the Westwood neighborhood.

Recipes & Local Food

18 – Try a fun winter snack that is easy for the kids to make, pretzel snowmen.

19 – Try out the latest beverage craze: hot chocolate bombs.

Hot Chocolate Bomb
photo: GG Sweets

20 – Pack the blankets and dine under the stars in an igloo, greenhouse or heated patio.

Winter Outdoor Dining
photo: Old Burdick’s Downtown

21 – Grab breakfast to go from one of our readers’ favorite breakfast spots.

22 – Fridge stuffed from Christmas meals? Try these ideas to transform your leftovers into new dishes.

Road Trip

23 – Head west to St. Joe and stroll through over one million twinkling lights at Light Up the Bluff (available through February 15, 2022).

lights

24 – Visit a Reindeer Farm.

petting zoo: Kalamazoo Reindeer

25 – Go on a gnome hunt in Frankenmuth.

26 – Visit the Grand Rapids Public Museum and other Grand Rapids attractions (be sure to verify ticket policies).

27 – Try some drive-through lights in other cities in Michigan.

LMCU ballpark Christmas Lights

Winter Break Events

We’ve highlighted a few fun events during Winter Break. Check our calendar for more ideas each day!

Unstructured play. Children 12 and under must have an adult remain in the facility during drop-in.
Unstructured play. Children 12 and under must have an adult remain in the facility during drop-in.
Fitness fun for the Kids ages 7-12! Obstacle course, games with prizes, light boxing (if the kids want to try it), hula hoping contests and more!
Public skate:
Bumper car participants = $5 (pay upon arrival)
Bring your own skates = $6
Admission and skate rental = $8
Get physical, connect with friends and family and have a ton of fun this winter break!
Get out of the cold and join the fun! Themed crafts and games, Special guest visitors, and Interactive demonstrations!
Unstructured play. Children 12 and under must have an adult remain in the facility during drop-in.
Fitness fun for the Kids ages 7-12! Obstacle course, games with prizes, light boxing (if the kids want to try it), hula hoping contests and more!
Get physical, connect with friends and family and have a ton of fun this winter break!
Get out of the cold and join the fun! Themed crafts and games, Special guest visitors, and Interactive demonstrations!
Unstructured play. Children 12 and under must have an adult remain in the facility during drop-in.
Public skate:
Bumper car participants = $5 (pay upon arrival)
Bring your own skates = $6
Admission and skate rental = $8
Get physical, connect with friends and family and have a ton of fun this winter break!
Fitness fun for the Kids ages 7-12! Obstacle course, games with prizes, light boxing (if the kids want to try it), hula hoping contests and more!
Get physical, connect with friends and family and have a ton of fun this winter break!
Unstructured play. Children 12 and under must have an adult remain in the facility during drop-in.
Kid and teen inspired classes recommended for ages 5 and up! $21/seat
Get physical, connect with friends and family and have a ton of fun this winter break!
Players ages 8-11 & 12-14 can learn skills in base running, hitting, catching, fielding and pitching. Registration required.
Unstructured play. Children 12 and under must have an adult remain in the facility during drop-in.
Fitness fun for the Kids ages 7-12! Obstacle course, games with prizes, light boxing (if the kids want to try it), hula hoping contests and more!
Kid and teen inspired classes recommended for ages 5 and up! $21/seat
Get physical, connect with friends and family and have a ton of fun this winter break!
Players ages 8-11 & 12-14 can learn skills in base running, hitting, catching, fielding and pitching. Registration required.
Get out of the cold and join the fun! Themed crafts and games, Special guest visitors, and Interactive demonstrations!