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.
See light displays:
Running until Jan. 1
$30/carload of >8 people, $50/carload 9-15 people, $75/carload 16-35 people
Purchase tickets in advance
Open until Jan. 8
Ticket prices vary but children under 5 are free
Advance ticket required
Or drive around town and look at the lights displays neighbors put up
Visit a museum or the Zoo
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
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
Go Christmas shopping locally:
Carmel or Athenaeum Christkindlmrkt
Play in the snow (weather permitting)
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
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
Go ice skating
The Ice at Center Green, Carmel
Until Feb. 26
$8/person 10 & under, $10/person 11+, $4 skate rental
Until Jan. 29
$13/person, children 4 & under are free
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.