10+ Awesome Ways To While Away The Winter Break

The luster of Christmas and Hanukkah is long gone, leaving behind it a wake of crinkled wrapping paper to clean, cookie-fueled sugar buzzes to calm and empty hours to fill. Fear not, fellow parents. We've got your back. We've perused the event calendars (so many event calendars) to bring you the best ways to get out of the house and have some fun until school starts back up.

1. Inflatables Extravaganza

Hope | Edwardsburg This free indoor event features a bounce house, double slide and 52' obstacle course for kids preschool age through 8th grade. Don't forget the socks!

2. Scavenger Hunt

Outdoor Discovery Center | Holland

With special events planned each day over break (including a fun scavenger hunt!) and plenty of trails to walk or snowshoe, the Outdoor Discovery Century encourages visitors of all ages to connect with nature.

3. Christmas and Holiday Traditions Around the World

Meijer Gardens | Grand Rapids

Extend the holidays a little longer with this annual exhibition, showcasing almost 400,000 lights, 40+ international trees and displays, miniature trains and more.

4. Wizard of Oz National Tour Miller Auditorium | Kalamazoo

With top-notch acting and dazzling sets, this whimsical new rendition of the beloved classic is sure to captivate audiences of all ages.

5. Winter Break Get Outdoors Activity

Sarett Nature Center | Benton Harbor

Visitors can embark on an outdoor selfie scavenger hunt before heading inside to warm up with hot chocolate beside a roaring fire.

6. Snowflake Break Grand Rapids Public Museum | Grand Rapids

Kid-friendly activities based on history, science and culture - as well as two special exhibits Dragons, Unicorns & Mermaids and Brain: The World Inside Your Head - plus games, crafts and more.

7. Skiing & Snowboarding

Swiss Valley | Jones The conditions are ideal for hitting the slopes, plus skiers and snowboarders can take advance of a 2-for-1 special that runs in the evenings until Dec 30.

nd nd8. Winter Break Family Fun Days

Air Zoo | Battle Creek A rotation of engaging indoor fun during winter break, including a remote control derby.

9. Toboggans & Snow Tubes

Echo Valley | Kalamazoo

Thrill seekers will top out at speeds of up to 60 MPH on the 1/4-mile toboggan runs. A longer, steeper tubing hill also makes for an exciting ride for all ages.

10. Zoo Lights

Lincoln Park Zoo | Chicago

A free, family-oriented holiday celebration that features illuminated displays and festive activities throughout the zoo grounds. Also be sure to check out Navy Pier's Winter Wonderfest while you're in town.

11. Family Staycation Extravaganza

Hop & Vine Inn | Fennville The fun-filled package includes an overnight stay, movies in the pool, s'mores by the fire, a deluxe hot dog dinner, hot breakfast, board games, crafts and more.

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