As schools prepare to close for winter break and kids gets antsy the closer to the holidays we get, here’s a list of six things you could do as a family to savor the time together. 

6 things to do this winter with your family
  1. See light displays: 

  1. Visit a museum or the Zoo

  • Jolly Days at the Children’s Museum

    • It’s the final season for Jolly Days so head to the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis to enjoy it before it’s over Jan. 1. The museum will be opening a new experience, WinterFaire, next fall. 

    • Ticket prices vary but children under 2 are free

  • Christmas at the Indianapolis Zoo

    • If you can handle the cold, you could enjoy light displays and animal encounters at the zoo without having to worry about big crowds.

    • $19.50 & up, members free 

  1. Go Christmas shopping locally:

  • Carmel or Athenaeum Christkindlmrkt

    • Carmel location: 10 Garter Green

      • Until Dec. 30: open 4-9 p.m. Thursday and 11-9 p.m. Friday-Sunday 

    • Athenaeum downtown Indianapolis:

      • Dec. 15-18: 5-9 p.m. Thursday & Friday, 12-9 p.m. Saturday, 12-6 p.m. Sunday 

  1. Play in the snow (weather permitting)  

  • Pokagon State Park Toboggon Run 

    • Located at: 450 Ln 100 Lake James, Angola

    • Operating through February

    • $20/toboggon per hour

    • Park entrance fees $7 in-state vehicles and $9 out-of-state vehicles, $2/person for buses

    • Make sure to visit the website prior to visiting for more information

  • Koteewi Seasonal Slopes

    • 11800 Koteewi Dr. Noblesville

    • Several options for sessions:

      • Two hour weekdays/holiday session $30/person ages 13-59, $25 for children and senior citizens

      • Weekday full session (4 hours) $25/person

      • Or season passes

  • Artic Blast Snow Tubing, Paoli  

    • Projected to open Dec. 17

    • 2-hour passes starting at $32/person

  • Or stay at home, make snow angels or have a snowball fight in your own backyard and head back inside after to warm back up

  1. Go ice skating

  1. Do something fun from the comfort of your home

  • Set up a fancy hot chocolate bar and watch movies or play board games 

    • This is cheap option because you likely have everything you need at home or could make a quick stop at the grocery store for marshmallows and hot chocolate mix. 

  • Have a gingerbread house contest and get other friends or family to pick the winner. 

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