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11 things to do over Winter Break with your kids

Winter Break is here for most students in the Milwaukee area. And many parents are left wondering how to fill up all that time with their kids.

We hope you’ll find this handy-dandy guide useful! Experience new adventures with your kids over the next couple of weeks with these fun ideas.

Here are eleven ways to spend Winter Break with kids in the Milwaukee area. Check out our Calendar for more!

1. Visit the Milwaukee County Zoo for free! That’s right, admission and parking are free for everyone Saturday, December 26 – Thursday, December 31st. The grand finale to the Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s centennial Gifts to the Community will feature six days of free access to the Zoo, headlined by the Zoo’s newest resident – Asa, the snow leopard. The entire community is invited to visit the Zoo (and Asa) for free as well as participate in a variety of special activities.

2. Go on a tour or tasting. Be a tourist in your own city! Here’s a list of local tours and tastings for families, including the Clock Shadow Creamery, the Buddy Squirrel Factory, and Palermo’s Pizza.

3. S’mores & ice skating in Red Arrow Park

Grab a hot chocolate at the nearby Starbucks and have a classic winter day right in the middle of the city. Skate for free when you bring your own skates! Ice skating starts at 11:00 a.m. and goes until late at night. S’mores Week is Dec. 21, 2015 – Jan. 3, so s’mores kits will be available to purchase: $3/Ea. -or- $10/4-Pk. Campfire roasting will be from 2:00 pm – 9:30 PM, or until 6:00 p.m. on January 3rd.

4. Have Fun in the Winter Sun at Schlitz Audubon Nature Center (December 29 and 30th) – Come to the Center over winter break and see some great mammal furs and skulls, make an animal track to take home, and meet a live animal friend. Head outside for a hike to see who is active and awake this time of year and come back in for hot chocolate. The program is offered four time and is meant for children ages 6 – 12. Pre-registration is required.

5. Family Nature Hike at Havenwoods State Forest – Havenwoods is home to many wild animals. Become a nature detective, looking for clues that these animals leave behind. We’ll spend part of the time on an animal scavenger hunt. We have snowshoes you can use.

6. Be a Maker at Betty Brinn Children’s Museum – Winter break means a festival of fun, with DIY hands-on workshops offered at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. daily.

7. Visit a little-known museum – The Milwaukee area is filled with museums you may never even have heard of. Here are five little-known museums to explore this Winter Break.

8. Get in the Holiday Spirit, Milwaukee-style – Have you checked out Candy Cane Lane yet, or the downtown holiday lights? Have you visited the Kooky Cooky House and decorated gingerbread cookies? Looking for local holiday theater that’s kid-friendly? Check out our favorite local holiday traditions.

9. Stroll along the NEW Streets of Old Milwaukee – This favorite exhibit has been renovated and is now reopen to the public. You’ll find a new streetcar entrance, updated artifacts and general store, and there’s even an interactive app to walk you through it!

10. Take a horse-drawn sleigh ride – Paradise Ranch in Cedarburg and Apple Holler are offering horse-drawn sleigh rides for families.

11. Celebrate New Year’s Eve as a family – Babysitters are expensive and hard to find on New Year’s Eve. Why not celebrate the family-friendly way? Check out special family events at the Domes, Bounce Milwaukee and more!

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