It’s a magical time of year following the holidays and ringing in the New Year. But now that the kids' holiday excitement may be turning into boredom, how are you going to spend your time until they go back to school? If you don't have one already, I’ve got just the plan for you.
Chicago is chock full of family activities for the winter. I remember as a kid sledding on a hill near my house in Robichaux Park every winter break. It was oodles of fun. I have since indoctrinated my children into this tradition at Cricket Hill at Montrose Beach.
Whether indoors or out, check out these fun winter activities. (Some of these destinations may require paid admission or equipment fee. Check individual websites for details.)
- Skating Ribbon at Maggie Daley Park: Everybody loves to ice skate. It’s a time-honored winter rite of passage.
- Other Skating Rinks: Maggie Daley Park isn't the only game in town. Check out these other great skate destinations.
- Northerly Island: Come face to face with animals in Chicago’s outdoor "naturarium" during Polar Adventure Days.
- Sledding: Bring your own sled, provided there’s snow of course.
- Christmas around the World & Holiday Lights: This is a wonderful 75-year tradition in Chicago and loads of fun for the whole family. Check out a museum passport at your local library branch.
- Winter Wonderfest: I used to take my boys to this when they were little—chock full of fun for the whole family!
Don’t forget to come into the library and grab a book or two for cozy reading with your children on inclement days.
The Kids' Winter Fun Book is full of fun activities to keep the kids busy all winter long.
Find answers to kids' questions about snowflakes and cold weather in Wonderful Winter and then try out the simple winter projects.
Reflect on the beauty found in the cold (even if you don't want to be out in it) in the stunning photographs of Best in Snow and then warm up with some hot cocoa.