30 Things to do Over Christmas Break Winter Lake Country Family Fun

30 Things to do Over Christmas Break

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There’s not much left of 2019, 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.

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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 {Frosty Free Week} are December 25-January 1st to visit winter-loving animals, stroll through warm indoor exhibits and see new tiger cubs.
  • Open 9:30 am to 4:30 pm
  • $12 parking for non-members

#3 Sign up for Winter Camp at HAWS in Waukesha.

  • Winter camp runs from the 26th, 27th, and the 31st (December 30 is full!) of December 2019.
  • More information here.

#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 Celebrate the Holidays with Journey Martial Arts in Waukesha

  •  Casual holiday celebration for the whole family
  • December 28 from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm
  • Details

#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, 2020 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.

  • View Event details
    • KETTLE MORAINE STATE FOREST – SOUTHERN UNIT (11:00 am – 1:00 pm) – Start 2020 with a 2.3-mile hike on the hilly and wooded Scuppernong Hiking Trails. Stick around afterwards for free hot chocolate in the heated shelter building. Hikers may also hike the 4.1- or 4.9-mile looping trails on their own. Pets are allowed on trails if leashed, but not in the shelter building. The Scuppernong Hiking Trails are located at S58W35820 County Road ZZ, Dousman, WI 53118. 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.
  • Create a new recipe with the new found ingredients hiding in the back of the pantry/cupboard.

#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 28th at 7:30 pm and January 1 at 7:00 pm.
  • Milwaukee Wave has “Kick in the New Year” game on 12/31 at 3:07 at the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena
  • Marquette University Men’s Basketball has a game on December 28th at 1:00 pm.
  • The Harlem Globetrotters game will be at 1pm or 6pm on New Years Eve Day. Get a groupon here.
  • Hockey – Milwaukee Admirals play:
    • 12/28 vs Grand Rapids at 6:00 pm
      • Wisconsin favorite Pat McCurdy will be performing on stage at the Admirals Bar before and after the game.
      • Dress your little princess or prince up and bring them out to our game! All of your favorite princesses will be here all game long. Meet them on the concourse to get your photo taken with them!

      • Cowbells and hockey, they just go together! Be one of the first 5,000 fans through the doors and you’ll be walking home with a cowbell courtsey of Potawatomi Hotel and Casino!

      • $30 gets you 2 Light Blue Section Tickets & 2 Wendy’s Value Meal Vouchers. Up to an additional 6 tickets may be purchased for $15 each.

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

  • You can find out where you can ice skate in Waukesha via our LCFF Wintertime Fun Guide! Skating is fun for all ages!
  • Make a trip to downtown Milwaukee at Slice of Ice

#16 See a $5 movie on Tuesday, December 24th or 31st or Tuesday, January 1st, 2019.

  • Delafield Marcus
  • Brookfield Marcus
  • Brookfield Movie Tavern
  • Menomonee Falls Marcus
  • New Berlin Marcus

#17 Send your child to a 2 day ninja Camp at Midwest Twisters Hartland – (Details here).

  • December 26th and December 27th, 2019 

#18 Go out for Pizza and Fun at StoneFire Pizza Company in New Berlin! 

  • What can be more fun than going out for Pizza (and really GOOD pizza) with the family and letting the kids burn some energy off in the ninja course!  There are four different themed rooms to dine in. Plus, no clean up at home to boot!
  • StoneFire Pizza Company is a 40,000 square foot Indoor Family Fun Center with fun including games, attractions, prizes and a ninja course.  Learn more here.

#19 Take a mini-vacation to Lake Geneva and stay at the Ridge!

  • Team members Stephanie and Megan stayed last year with their families.
  • Read about their experiences HERE.

#20 Try downhill skiing. 

  • No mountains necessary – there are quite a few bunny hills in these parts.
  • Some ski hills offer learn to ski classes. Some are private and others are open to the public.
  • Find all the details here. 

#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 fifth annual Winter Camp!
  • December 26 @ 9:00 am – December 27 @ 4:00 pm {2019}
  • More details here

#22 Head to Goldfish Swim School in Brookfield and enjoy family swim time!

#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.

#26 View the Country Christmas Lights Display.

  • You can drive through to see the lights through December 31st, including Holidays. Details here.
  • Better yet, book a stay with the Country Christmas Getaway Package. We did last year, and the kids still talk about it being the best time ever!

#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, “Classical Christmas Show” 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 snow globe creations on 12/27 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm.
    • This program is children age 2 and up and does require pre-registration and attendance is limited. 
    • 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, 12/27
  • Mukwonago Library
    • Open Cabinets day 12/26 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm and 12/27 10:00 am to 11:00 am
    • Noon Year’s Eve 12/27 11:00 am Noon
    • Holidays in MetaSpace 12/30 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm 
  • Watertown Library
  • New Berlin Library
  • Brookfield Library –
    • 10:30 am – 11:30 am Silly Stories 12/26
    • 10:30 am – 11:30 am Kohl’s Wild Theater 12/27
    • Playgroup on 12/28
    • Magician show on 12/31
  • 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) 11:00 am to 12:30 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.
    • Kids Movie 12/27 The Lion King (2019)
  • Muskego Library
    • Brilliant Babies and Preschool Power Hour Story time 12/30

Happy Christmas Break from Lake Country Family Fun!

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