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

30 Things to do Over Christmas Break

There’s not much left of 2020, and let’s be real, I think we are all going to be happy to see most of 2020 in the rearview mirror. It’s been a struggle for many families, while others have flourished. Some families have lost loved ones, and others have never been more grateful for their health. And now it’s winter break. There’s no in person or virtual school to structure the day. What to do? While it could be easy to just stay in for the week and “veg out”, (there’s been a lot of that this year) 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! Our local libraries have been instrumental in providing free local fun for families this year and throughout past years. 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 recipe for hot chocolate bombs can be found here.
  • Our favorite 30 Christmas movies can be found here.
  • Our favorite Amazon Prime movies can be found here + 4 ways to kick your at home movie night up a notch!

#2 Visit the Milwaukee County Zoo – It’s FREE for these last days of 2020!

  • Free days are December 27 -31, 2020
  • Open 9:30 am to 4:30 pm
  • $12 parking for non-members
  • In 2020, the Zoo will be CLOSED for Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

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

#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)
  • Find 14 local donation centers HERE.

#5 Go Ice Skating indoors!

  • The Mullett Ice Center in Hartland has public holiday skating throughout break. See image below for dates and times.
  • The Naga-Waukee Ice Arena in Delafield has public holiday skating. Pre-registration is required, no walk-ins allowed in order to maintain capacity requirements.
  • The Eble Ice Arena in Brookfield has public holiday skating. Pre-registration is required, no walk-ins allowed in order to maintain capacity requirements.

Christmas Break Mullett Ice Center Skating Hours

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

#7 Stargaze in the night sky and check out the planetarium

#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, 2021 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.
  • The snacks will be pre-bagged for COVID precautions. Also, please wear your mask.

#9 Go Hiking on Jan 1 for the First Day Hike!

  • This year, the DNR has self-guided First Day Hikes in lieu of a group hike.
    • Read the press release here.
  • Waukesha County Parks Department invites all to spend January 1 outdoors taking a hike at one of their county parks. This is also a self-guided hike with no formal event. Find them HERE.

#10 Go Sledding

  • We hope there is snow!! If so, check out LCFF’s local sledding guide, featuring 22 spots. Let us know of any favorite places of yours we missed!

#11 Is it too cold out, but you want out of your house? 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.
  • Find 9 tips and ways to make organizing fun with kids HERE.

#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!)
    • They also have a New Year’s Eve Family Package
  • Breaker Bay Waterpark, inside the Blue Harbor Hotel in Sheboygan
    • Blue Harbor, Sheboygan, (920) 452-2900
    • Open daily for the December holiday.
    • Web

#14 Snag a locally made yummy eat

  • Have you been inside Sweet P’s Pantry? My girls love visiting this small kitchen hidden in downtown Oconomowoc. 
  • Holiday Break Store hours December 28 – December 30 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 
  • Closed December 24 through December 27 and December 31 through January 3, 2021.

#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!
    • New this year – must reserve a timeslot in advance.

#16 See a $5 movie on Tuesday, December 22nd or 29th or Tuesday, January 5th, 2021.

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

#17 Rent a pool to yourself!

  • Goldfish Swim School in Brookfield is offering Holiday Partial Pool Rentals!
  • Join in for a dip in their 90-degree heated pool for a tropical swim. They are offering partial pool rentals (1/4 of the pool) for up to 6 members of your family. Swim for an hour with a lifeguard on duty!
  • They will also be offering various days and times in the week between Christmas and New Years’ including special New Year’s Eve family swims!
  • Register by visiting their Customer Portal here – swim over to “bookings”, click or tap on “Find a Class,” and filter Programs to “Family Swim”.
  • They will open more slots as they fill up so keep an eye out for more options or add your name to the waitlist to be contacted as more become available! Find a link to the waitlist in each Partial Pool Rental’s description on our Customer Portal. 

#18 Put the kids to bed early and have date night in.

  • It doesn’t have to be family fun 24/7. Mom and dad need a break from the kiddos and the regular routine. Try one of these 20 at home date night ideas and strengthen your relationship. 

#19 Take a mini-vacation to one of these unique vacation spots in Wisconsin

  • Stays up north
  • Stays on a lake
  • Stays near and around Wisconsin Dells

#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.

  • Riveredge Winter Camp
    • Their sixth annual Winter Camp will be December 28 @ 9:00 am – December 30 @ 4:00 pm {2020}
    • More details here
  • Wildlife in Need Center (WINC)
    • New 2020 Virtual Winter Camp will be December 28-30, 2020 from 9:00 am to 10:00 am
    • Theme: “Wisconsin Wildlife in Winter”
    • Register here

#22 Bounce away at SkyZone

  • Sky Zone Milwaukee/Waukesha has many holiday deals running right now and through Christmas break.
    • Punch card full of perks and deals going for $39.99 worth over $250!
    • Looking at December 20th-Jan 4th, they have Family Fun Day every Sunday, which is 11am-8pm and it’s $49.99 for 4-90 min jumps, one large pizza, and one pitcher of soda.
    • Holiday hours are 10am-9pm Monday-Thursday December 21st-31st and their weekend hours can be found on their website
    • Also, skim these Groupons

#23 Rent Snowshoes at Retzer Nature Center.

  • Snowshoe rentals are available when there is snow. $5.00 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. (January is National Blood Donation Month)

  • Schedule a blood donation at the Red Cross.
  • Donate through Versiti.
      • Lake Country Fire & Rescue
        Monday, Dec 28th(2:00 7:00 PM) – https://bit.ly/dcdec2020
        LOCATION: Training Room
        115 Main Street, Delafield, WI 53018
        Arrowhead High School at Hartland Village Hall
        Wednesday, Dec 30th(2:00 – 7:00 PM) – https://bit.ly/ahsdec2020
        LOCATION: Hartland Village Hall – Community Room
        210 Cottonwood Ave, Hartland, WI 53029
        St. Teresa of Calcutta Parish
        Thursday, Dec 31st(9:00 AM – 2:00 PM) – https://bit.ly/stteresadec2020
        LOCATION: Clare Hall
        W314 N7462 HWY 83, Hartland (North Lake), WI 53029
        Western Lakes Fire District – Station #5 Okauchee
        Thursday, Dec 31st(8:00 AM 0 1:00 PM) – https://bit.ly/wlfddec2020
        LOCATION: Training Room
        5060 Shady Lane, Okauchee, WI 53069
         
         

#26 View the Country Christmas Lights Display.

  • You can drive through to see the lights through January 2nd, 2021, including Holidays. Details here.
  • Better yet, book a stay with the Country Christmas Getaway Package. We did in the past, and the kids still talk about it being the best time ever!
  • See other local light displays, too, with our handy map.

#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, “Poinsettia Promenade Christmas Show” Holiday Floral Show.

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

  • Oconomowoc LibrarySee Calendar
    • Take and Make kits on Monday, December 28, 2020
    • Cuddle Up stories with Caitlin
  • Mukwonago LibrarySee Calendar
    • Girls Who Code (virtual)
    • Tech Camp
    • Steam-tastic Wednesda
  • Watertown Library
  • New Berlin LibrarySee Calendar
    • Grab and Go Adulty Kits
    • Chopped Virtual event
  • Brookfield Library – See Calendar with Registration Details
    • Virtual Story of Ebenezer Scrooge from December through January 3, 2021
    • Virtual Leona Lionheart Saves the World on December 30, 2020
    • Open on December 31 for grab and go New Year’s Eve kits 10am to 4pm! 
  • Muskego Library

Happy Christmas Break from Lake Country Family Fun!

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