30 Things to do Over Christmas Break

There’s not much left of 2018, and it’s winter break. No school, what 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. 

  • Our favorite 30 Christmas movies can be found here.

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

  • The free days are December 24-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!

#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 Uptown Art in Sussex

  • They have so many classes throughout the week! See their calendar here.

#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, 2019 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 on Jan 1 and enjoy hot beverages and snacks afterwards.

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  • KETTLE MORAINE STATE FOREST – PIKE LAKE UNIT (12:00 pm – 3:00 pm) – Hike or snowshoe a 4.5-mile or 2.5-mile loop on the Brown and/or Green Trail. The hike will be co-lead by the Ice Age Trail Alliance and the Park Naturalist. Park in the beach parking lot and meet at the amphitheater. Pets on a leash are welcome. After your hike, warm up by the campfire and enjoy hot chocolate. Admission stickers are not required for this event.
  • KETTLE MORAINE STATE FOREST – SOUTHERN UNIT (11:00 am – 1:00 pm) – Start the new year off with a 4 mile hike through the forest. Stick around afterwards for hot cocoa courtesy of the Kettle Moraine Natural History Association and warm up in the new warming shelter. Meet at the Scuppernong Trail System parking lot off of Highway ZZ. GET DIRECTIONS.

#10 Go Sledding

  • We hope there is snow!! If 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.

  • Springs Waterpark
    • 2810 Golf Rd., Waukesha, (800) 247-6640
    • Web
    • Our family’s review of Springs Water Park and the Country Christmas Getaway Package (Spoiler alert – we LOVED it!)
  • Great Wolf Lodge (formerly Key Lime Cove)
    • 17oo Nations Dr., Gurnee, Ill., (877)-360-0403
    • Web
  • Breaker Bay Waterpark, inside the Blue Harbor Hotel in Sheboygan
    • Blue Harbor, Sheboygan, (920) 452-2900
    • Web

#14 Check out a local home-team Sports Game.

  • The Milwaukee Bucks play at home on December 27th at 7:00 pm and December 29th at 4:00 pm and January 1 at 7:00 pm.
  • Milwaukee Wave has “Kick in the New Year” game on 12/31 at 3:05 at the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena
  • Hockey – Milwaukee Admirals play:
    • 12/26 vs Chicago at 7pm (Wisconsin favorite Pat McCurdy will be performing on stage at in the Admirals Bar! Grab an Admirals Ale and watch the free show before and after the game! Thanks to everyone at Potawatomi Hotel & Casino the first 5,000 fans through the doors will be leaving with an Admirals cowbell!)

#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 25th or Tuesday, January 1st, 2019.

  • 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 26th, Thursday the 27th, and Friday the 28th, 2018
  • 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! This year there is a ninja camp AND a gymnastics camp. 

#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 Get your kids out of the house this winter break and burn off some energy with Burn Boot Camp!

  • Burn Boot Camp Lake Country is hosting a Kidz Camp for ages 5-14 years old at their Sussex Location.
  • Kids should dress in athletic clothes and bring water.
  • No pre-registration required. Open to the public.
  • Arrive 10 minutes before camp to ensure check in and proper paperwork is complete. They will begin promptly at start time.
  • $15 per child, $10 per sibling
  • Thursday, December 27,  2018.

#20 Family Tae Kwon Do Champions is hosting a Christmas Break Day Camp.

  • Friday, December 28th from 7:30 am to 6:00 pm (7:30 am – 9 am drop off, 5 pm – 6 pm pick up)
  • Located at 125 N. Fowler St. Oconomowoc (Family Tae Kwon Do Champions)
  • Martial Arts, Indoor Sports & Games, Dance, Arts and Crafts, Educational Activities, and more.
  • Cost is $40 per child, $35 for children already registered for Summer Camp 2019.
  • Limited spots available; open to the public. Register today by calling/texting 262-888-3434

#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 fourth annual Winter Camp!
  • December 26 @ 9:00 am – December 28 @ 4:00 pm
  • More details here

#22 Warm up with StoneFire Pizza (and burn off some energy, too)

  • Flurry of Fun: All you can eat buffet plus a $10 game card
  • Blizzard Bliss: All you can eat buffet plus a $15 game card plus a VIP wristband
  • Details here.

#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.

  • Oconomowoc Library is hosting a blood drive on Friday, December 28, 2018 from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm.

#26 View the Country Christmas Lights Display.

#27 Take a Road Trip!

#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, “Scrooooge!” Holiday Floral Show.

  • Monday through Friday: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Sunday and Major Holidays: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • For More Information

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

  • Pewaukee Library
    • Make cute and crafty glove creations on 12/28 from 2:00 to 3:00 pm.
    • This program is for kids in grades 4 and up and does require pre-registration and attendance is limited. Registration begins on December 7.
    • 262-691-5670 ext. 932
  • Waukesha Library
    • Game Day! Come play board games and with the Wii. No registration required. For all ages. 
    • 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm  12/26, 12/28
  • Mukwonago Library
    • Girls who code + STEAM-Tastic Wednesday on 12/26 at 4:00 pm
    • No registration required.
  • Watertown Library
  • New Berlin Library
    • 10:00 am to 3:00 pm on 12/27 and 12/28 Clean Out the Craft Closet Event
    • Drop in anytime between 10 and 3 pm and see what you can create with the supplies they have sitting in the closet. No registration needed and all ages welcome.
  • Brookfield Library –
    • 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm Movie for Kids (Exact title to be released closer to date) 12/26
    • 1:30 pm Duke Otherwise 12/27
    • 10:30 am Kohl’s Wild Theater (Wisconsin Wonderland) 12/28
  • Butler Library
    • 10:30 am Storytime 12/26
    • Noon Picnic and a Movie 12/28
  • Hartland Library
    • Noon Year’s Eve Party from 11:00 am to noon all ages welcome on 12/31 to create crafts and watch your very own ball drop (no registration required)
  • Menomonee Falls Library
    • Noon Year’s Eve Party (all ages) 11:15 am to 12:15 pm 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.
    • Parachute Play on 12/29 from 10:00 to 10:30 am. Registration required. (262) 532-8922
  • Muskego Library
    • Holiday Escape Room. Extend the holiday fun with friends and family during winter break. Decipher the carols, question the snowman, and search through the snowflakes as you try to escape the Library’s Holiday Escape Room. This program is for kids in grades 4 – 12 and their families. Registration is required and begins Monday, December 3. For more information call the Library at 262-971-2100.
      • 12/27
      • 12/28
      • 12/29

Happy Christmas Break from Lake Country Family Fun!