You probably haven't heard (that was sarcasm), but two of the biggest local winter festivals are happening this weekend. There are promises of ice sculptures, hot chocolate and a whole smattering of fun activities for the kids that should be just the boost we need to make it until spring.
Also, I'm completely biased -- that's my little munchkin down there -- but I think you should go see The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Small-town theater doesn't get much cuter than this.
Enjoy the sunshine!
Experience a tropical oasis at the Silver Beach Carousel, with special activities, treats, a hula dance and giveaways
Explore the Forever Curious Children's Museum after-hours in Fennville during First Friday
Catch a colorful, charming stage production of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz in South Haven (through Feb 11)
Catch live ice sculpting, horse-drawn wagon rides, a cardboard sled competition, chili cook-off, ice skating, s'mores and more at the IceBreaker Festival in South Haven
Snowshoe across a winter wonderland, and afterward warm yourself up with a bonfire, hot dogs and s'mores at Sarett in Benton Harbor
Roller skate (for free!) at the Park Township Community Center in Holland
Walk the trails of Holland's DeGraaf Nature Center with a naturalist, then enjoy hot chocolate and a winter story
Check out the frozen masterpieces, scavenger hunt, hot chocolate run and more in downtown St Joe during the Magic Ice Festival
Be charmed by a free magic show and snowflake making at the Curious Kids Museum
Check out the Southwest Michigan Kids calendar for all the awesome details.