As the weather becomes cooler, kids are staying indoors more and spending less time outside. Winter can be a limited-activity time to keep your children entertained, especially here in Wisconsin! You and your children may already be getting stir-crazy!
To keep those little minds engaged and bodies moving, we’ve compiled a list of some fun Kenosha activities that will enable you to get out of the house for a safe winter activity-filled day!
Ice skating at Memorial Park
Every year, Memorial Park transforms into an ice rink measuring 32 feet by 60 feet! There is nothing better than this free ice skating experience! One can bring their own skates or rent some for no cost during rental hours. Ice skating is a great way to get kids outside and enjoy the snow and brisk winter air. Weather permitting, ice skating is open seven days a week.
Note: Regular ice skating rental hours are: 4 pm to 9 pm Monday through Fridays, 10 am to 9 pm on Saturdays, and 10 am to 6 pm on Sundays.
Tubing, sledding, or skiing/snowboarding at Wilmot Mountain
Wilmot Mountain is celebrating its 85th anniversary and is now open for the season! Tubing is an extremely fun winter activity you and your kiddos can enjoy! Wilmot’s tubing area has 22 lanes over 1,000 feet long, with tubes to use AND a conveyor lift to bring the tubes to the top. But the fun doesn’t stop there!
Wilmot offers plenty of sledding, skiing, and snowboarding hills that will surely have your family sleeping well when you are done! Afterward, grab some food at their various concessions available.
If you’re feeling more ambitious and want to try something new, sign up for some ski or snowboard lessons on the bunny hill and take on a new hobby with your kids. Ensure you have everything for your visit by checking out Wilmot’s packing list.
Dazzling Holiday Light Walk at Jerry Smith Farm
In 2020, Jerry Smith Farm started a new tradition of an all-outdoor, walkable holiday light display that has brought plenty of holiday cheer to the area! This beautiful display of lights is sure to dazzle people of all ages!
In 2022, you can expect an even better display. This year features a reindeer exhibit, holiday music, fire pits, toasty s’mores kits, and much more! You can even meet Santa on select days in December (more details on their website).
Enjoy the Holiday Light Walk from November 25th – December 18th. General Admission for all guests is $7 for ages 3+.
Take Pictures at the Holiday Gnome Hunt
Shhh! You have to be sneaky for the Holiday Gnome Hunt at the Pringle Nature Center! All throughout December, your family can look for gnomes hiding on the trails in Bristol Woods. This is a free, self-guided program that is suitable for all ages. Additionally, the families who find all the hiding gnomes by the end of the month have a chance to win a free 2023 Pringle Nature Center family membership.
This means you can come and look for all the gnomes more than once (if you don’t find them all in one day). Simply take a photo of the hiding gnomes and post them on Instagram or Facebook and tag Pringle, or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) your photos to Pringle by December 31st to be entered into the drawing.
A map of the trail is posted on the front door of the nature center building with a gnome photo booth inside during regular hours!
Visit with Santa at the Kenosha History Center
Taking pictures with Santa is one of the best ways to spread holiday cheer! Bring your own camera and snap some memories of your kids telling Santa their wishlist.
This free event is only available December 10th & 17th from 10 am to 2 pm at the Kenosha History Center, so make sure to mark your calendars!
In addition to seeing Santa, your kiddos can enjoy a holiday coloring station, see some museum exhibits decked out for the holidays, and (weather permitting) explore the lighthouse tower for children 8+. More details are provided on their website.