Have Snow Much Fun with Winter Break Activities
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 24 and return to school on Monday, January 9, 2023.
Although we all love a good snowball fight, cold weather also inspires some warm and dry activities inside.
These shops, museums and other local favorites serve as some great indoor spaces to explore and play during break.
Winter Break Idea 1 – Visit the Air Zoo
6151 Portage Rd, Portage, MI 49002
The Air Zoo and West Michigan Toyota Dealers are excited to present the return of the Winter Break Family Fun Days!
Get hands-on during the winter break with fun educational activities for the entire family!
This year’s Winter Break Family Fun Days will be running from 10AM – 2PM on December 28 & 29 and January 4 & 5.
These events are free of charge to Air Zoo guests and members.
3 – Find out “What’s Going on With This Picture?” at the KIA. This exhibit will challenge your VTS, or Visual Thinking Strategies to analyze art at the museum. Challenge your kids to come up with a story for different pieces!
FYI: Admission is FREE for kids 12 and under.
4 – Climb the walls at Allegan Event. Allegan Event offers ziplines, climbing walls, and Michigan’s largest indoor ropes course.
5 – Go ice skating at Wings West. Be sure to check their schedule online for open ice times.
6 – Try a hot cocoa bomb from a local restaurant. Add warm milk and watch your chocolate drink come to life!
7 – Make your own Sand Candle with Kalamazoo Candle Company.
With shops in both Portage and Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo Candle Company provides two convenient locations for this fun activity.
Sand = no drying time and you can add as many or as few colors as desired. Each color has a different scent.
For an additional fee, kids can also decorate the candle jar with stickers.
Outdoor Winter Break Activities
Let it snow! Embrace the beauty of a Southwest Michigan winter and get outside- or at least outside in your car to see some light shows before the holiday season ends.
16 – Ride the Holly Jolly Trolley on NYE. For its last run of the season (maybe date night?), the trolley runs from 8PM – 12:30 AM on New Year’s Eve.
17 – Try snow tubing.
18 – Dine outside in an igloo. Bundle up and dine outside in a heated igloo at a local restaurant. Most restaurants recommend reservations.
Looking to explore beyond Kalamazoo? Try these day trips during break.
Idea 25- Visit a Scheduled Winter Break Event
Local museums and organizations have planned some fun events over Winter Break.
Try this list for some family-friendly activities before returning to school: