30 Things to do Over Christmas Break

There’s not much left of 2017, and it’s winter break. Looking for things to do? While it could be easy to just stay in for the week and “veg out”, we have some tips on structuring your week to include both staying in and getting out to best create those memories for your family. Plus, going out doesn’t have to mean breaking the bank. Check out the fun local library events at the end (#30) to enjoy your winter break and save your wallet! Lake Country Family Fun has you covered with this handy guide to 30 Things to do over Christmas Break to keep you and your little ones occupied and avoiding the #stircrazy. Look no further this break! 

Note: These events are subject to change. Please check with the venues on availability and pricing before attending.

30 things to do with Your Family over Christmas Break:

#1 Stay in and watch your favorite movies in pajamas with popcorn and hot chocolate. 

#2 Visit the Milwaukee County Zoo – It’s FREE for a week over Break!

  • The free days are December 25-January 1st to visit winter-loving animals, stroll through warm indoor exhibits and see new tiger cubs.
  • Open 9:30 – 2:30
  • $12 parking for non-members

#3 Practice your singing and acting skills before Lake Country Playhouse’s Open House in early January.

#4 Sort through old toys to make room for the new ones.

  • As you sort out which ones to keep, which ones are trash, and which ones to donate keep in mind local charities that take toys in good condition! (like these)

#5 Go Ice Skating indoors!

  • The Mullett Ice Center in Hartland has public holiday skating from 12/26 through 12/31 from 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm.

#6 Check out our New Year’s Eve Family Fun Celebrations List for making plans on New Year’s Eve DAY – December 31.

#7 Get your art on at Soul Fire Art Studio in Delafield: 6:30 pm on 12/26 for their Art Express. 

#8 Fly a Kite and get free snacks and goodies at the Cool Fool Kite Festival on January 1st.

  • The COOL FOOL KITE FESTIVAL will be on New Year’s Day, 2018 from 11:00 am until 5:00 pm in Veterans Park on Milwaukee’s Lakefront. This is a FREE event, with plenty of FREE parking. They will have FREE hot chocolate, coffee, and snacks, compliments of Gift of Wings, while they last. This is a “Fun Fly” so bring your kite or pick up a kite at Gift of Wings at the park.

#9 Go Hiking at Lapham Peak on Jan 1 and enjoy hot beverages and snacks afterwards.

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  • Kettle Moraine State Forest – Lapham Peak Unit/ Ice Age National Scenic Trail (11:00 am – 2:00 pm on 1/1/17) – Begin the new year outdoors! Join members of the Waukesha/Milwaukee County Chapter of the Ice Age Trail Alliance for their annual First Day Hike at Lapham Peak. Hike options of varied lengths will be offered to accommodate families, and those wanting longer walks. Warm up afterwards with hot beverages and snacks at the Hausmann Nature Center. A state park sticker is required and can be purchased at the property. Meet at the Hausman Nature Center parking lot.

#10 Go Sledding

  • We are sure there will be plenty of snow still. So, check out LCFF’s local sledding guide. Let us know of any favorite places of yours we missed!

#11 Is it too cold out? Check out our Indoor Play Guide!

#12 Clean out your pantry.

  • Take some time to clear out your pantry. For any non-expired items, consider donating to a local food bank. See our food pantry guide.

#13 Spend the day splashing away at an indoor water park or pool.

  • Country Springs Waterpark
    • 2810 Golf Rd., Waukesha, (800) 247-6640
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  • Olympia Indoor Pool
    • 1350 Royale Mile Rd, Oconomowoc, WI 53066 (262) 369-4999
  • Key Lime Cove Waterpark
    • 17oo Nations Dr., Gurnee, Ill., (877)-360-0403
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  • Breaker Bay Waterpark, inside the Blue Harbor Hotel in Sheboygan
    • Blue Harbor, Sheboygan, (920) 452-2900
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#14 Check out a local home-team Sports Game.

  • The Milwaukee Bucks play at home on December 26th at 7:00 pm and December 28th at 7:00 pm.
  • Milwaukee Wave have “Kick in the New Year” game on 12/31 at 5:05 at the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena
  • Hockey – Milwaukee Admirals play:
    • 12/26 vs Chicago at 7pm (Pat McCurdy Performs before, during, and after the game at the South Goal tap room / “Hat Trick” special: $3 beers, brats and pretzels! / $13 gets you an Admirals Ticket in any Light Blue Section.  PLUS a voucher for a Wendy’s Cheeseburger or Chicken Sandwich Combo Meal! Minimum of 2 and Max of 8 per order.)
    • 12/29 vs Chicago at 7pm (TSMGI is giving away winter hats when you walk in the door (quanity TBD) / Kids 14 & Under and Seniors 65 & older get half-priced tickets! / Guiness World Record Holder, Albert Lucas, the Skating Juggler, will be performing during intermission at tonight’s game!)

#15 Show off your Skating Skills at an Ice Rink.

  • You can find out where you can ice skate in Waukesha and Milwaukee Counties via our LCFF Wintertime Fun Guide! Skating is fun for all ages!

#16 See a $5 movie on Tuesday, December 26th.

  • Delafield Marcus
  • Brookfield Marcus
  • Menomonee Falls Marcus

#17 Send your child to a 3 day ninja Camp at Midwest Twisters Hartland – $65 (Details here).

  • Wednesday the 27th, Thursday the 28th, and Friday the 29th
  • This 3 day camp is a great way to burn off some energy over the Holiday break! Join the coaches as they lead the kids through all kinds of challenges designed to bring out your child’s inner warrior! Including the warped wall, spider climb, numerous strength challenges, trampolines and more!

#18 Bring Snow Inside!

  • Grab a large plastic container (aka sensory tub) and scoop up a bunch of snow and bring it inside. Let the kids play with it with shovels, spoons, food dye, whatever for about 30 minutes of indoor fun.

#19 Attend the Glow Skate event on December 30th at the indoor Wilson Park Ice Arena.

  • 4001 S 20th St, Milwaukee, WI 53221
  • Doors open at 7pm, event from 7:30 – 9:30pm
  • See the glow as you skate to music
  • Admission of $5 includes glow in the dark necklace, skate rental and entry for door prizes
  • Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult

#20 Spend New Year’s Eve at the Fireside Theatre – Phantom of the Opera!

  • For More Information
  • Arrive at Noon/Dine at 12:30/Show at 2:30
  • Arrive at 6:00/Dine at 6:30/Show at 8:30
  • For those who like to make it to midnight, join for an evening at the Firesides Gala party afterward.

#21 Enroll your kids in Winter Camp.

  • Do your kiddos miss summer camp and wish they had something exciting to do during winter break? We’ve got just the solution! Join in at Riveredge for their third annual Winter Camp!
  • December 27 @ 9:00 am – December 29 @ 4:00 pm
  • More details here
  • Newburg, WI

#22 Cross-Country Ski at a fun Skiathlon at Lapham Peak.

Cross-country skiers are invited to participate in the Skiathlon from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 1, at Lapham Peak State Park, W329 N846 Highway C, Delafield. Ski anytime during park hours and record the number of laps on the man-made snow in the Evergreen Shelter at the park. Park entrance fees and ski trail passes are required.

#23 Rent Snowshoes at Retzer Nature Center.

Snowshoe rentals are available. $5.50 for half a day and $9 for a full day.

#24 See where kids eat free this week (PS. Tuesday has the most options).

  • Note: Be sure to check seasonal availability by calling before attending 😉
  • Kids Eat Free Guide

#25 Donate Blood.

The Hartland library will host the American Red Cross Blood Drive from 9:30 am to 2:00 pm Friday, December 29. Call 1-800-RED-CROSS to set up an appointment. All presenting donors will receive snacks.

#26 View the Country Springs Christmas Lights Display.

You can still drive through to see the lights through December 31st, including Holidays.

#27 Learn origami at Paper Source at the Corners of Brookfield. 

  • Learn to fold animals such as a fox, cat, frog, and more! Give each one a personality by drawing their faces and adding expressive googly eyes.
  • 12/28 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

#28 Make Your Own Playdough.

  • All you need is flour, oil, salt, cream of tartar and water for this easy home-made playdough recipe that lasts for months.  Add food coloring if you want to add color. Check out the recipe here.

#29 Visit the Milwaukee Park Domes, “Naughty or Nice” Holiday Floral Show.

#30 Check out FREE Events at our Local Libraries for indoor winter fun:

  • Pewaukee Library
    • Karate Demonstration 2:00 pm on 12/27 (must pre-register and sign a waiver)
  • Waukesha Library
    • 10:00 am – Noon  12/27, 12/28, and 12/29 game day & Open minecraft play
  • Mukwonago Library
  • Watertown Library – 1:30 No School Movie – “Despicable Me 312/28
  • New Berlin Library – 10:00 am to 3:00 pm on 12/27 Clean Out the Craft Closet Event
    • Drop in anytime between 10-3 and see what you can create with the supplies they have sitting in the closet. No registration needed and all ages welcome.
  • Brookfield Library –
    • 7-8 pm Lego Club 12/26
    • 2:00 pm The Magic of Glen Girard 12/27
    • 2:00 pm Kohl’s Wild Theater 12/28
    • 10:00-4:00 pm Special New Year’s Eve Craft Saturday 12/30
  • Butler Library
    • 10:30 am Playgroup 12/26
    • 10:30 am Storytime 12/27
  • Hartland Library Noon Year’s Eve Party from 11:00 am to noon all ages welcome on 12/30 to create crafts and watch your very own ball drop (no registration required)
  • Menomonee Falls Library Noon Year’s Eve Party (all ages) 11-Noon on 12/31. They will feature tons of dance music, crafts, and activities for children of all ages as they count down to noon together.
    • Despicable Me 3 at 10:00 am on 12/28
  • Muskego Library
    • Chew and view (11:30 am): Bring a peanut-and tree-nut-free bag lunch and settle in for a different wintry movie each day. The big projector and speakers make it a fun, free movie fit for families.
      • 12/26 – The Lion , the Witch, and the Wardrobe
      • 12/27 – Happy Feet
      • 12/28 – Frozen
  • Town Hall Library (North Lake)
    • 12/26: Preschool Storytime at 9:30 am
    • 12/26: Bedtime Stories at 6:30 pm
    • 12/27: Toddler Storytime at 9:30 am
    • 12/27: Preschool Storytime at 10:30 am
    • 12/28: Baby Storytime at 10:30 am

Happy Christmas Break from Lake Country Family Fun!