It's that time of the year again and of course it is wonderful! The kids are off of school, snowflakes are (hopefully!) twirling to the ground and you may finally have some free time in your busy schedule. We made a list of all the great activities you can do while on holiday break with the kids. From sledding to laser tag, fun along the South Shore seems to be never-ending! Take a look at the list below and let us know what your plans are for this year's holiday break!
Indiana Dunes State Park-Devil's Slide
Sledding is open now until the end of the winter season. The park is open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.
1600 North 25 East, Chesterton
Need we say more?
Lemon Lake County Park
Sledding is available now through March 31. The park is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Lemon Lake County Park, 6322 West 133rd Ave., Crown Point
Sled the slopes at Lemon Lake County Park all through the winter season. Call 219-663-7627 after 9 a.m. to learn if the hills are open for sledding. There is a gate fee at the park when a gatekeeper is on duty. There are no rentals at Lemon Lake and the park does not allow sleds with wooden or metal runners. Snowboards are also not allowed due to safety concerns. Click here for more information.
Oak Ridge Prairie County Park
Sledding is open now through March 31. The park is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sled one of the largest hills in Northwest Indiana during this winter break! The same rules from Lemon Lake apply to Oak Ridge in regards to sled requirements. There are no rentals and there are restrictions on frames. For questions about park conditions, call 219-884-7328.
Rogers Lakewood Park
Now until the end of the winter season from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
3210 North Campbell St., Valparaiso
Sled at your own risk through the end of the winter season at Rogers Lakewood Park in Valparaiso. There are no restrictions on sleds and no entrance fee into the park. The back of the park will be completely open to sled while there is snow on the ground. For more information, call 219-462-5144 or click here.
Cedar Lake Ministries
Ice skating begins Christmas Day until the end of the winter season from 9 a.m. until dusk.
13701 Lauerman St., Cedar Lake
Slide and glide at one of the only outdoor ice rinks in Northwest Indiana. For questions regarding Cedar Lake Ministries, call 219-374-5941 or click here.
Crown Point Sportsplex
Ice skating is available from 8 a.m. through 10 p.m. all winter long.
East North St., Crown Point
Both a hockey and an ice skating rink are available at the Crown Point Sportsplex at no charge. There are no rentals at the sports complex, so please bring your own skates. The rinks open as soon as the sun comes up and overhead lights turn on at night for nighttime skating. For information on rink conditions, call 219-661-2271.
Midwest Training and Ice Center
Ice skating is available year-round at various times.
10600 White Oak Ave., Dyer
Open skates at the Midwest Training and Ice Center happen nearly every day at various times. The center has both hockey and ice skating available for anyone interested. For more information on open skate times, call 219-558-8811 or click here.
Albanese Candy Factory
Open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
5411 East Lincoln Hwy., Merrillville
Take a free tour through Albanese Candy Factory seven days a week. Enjoy free samples of the world's best gummies. Click here for complete information and other locations.
Bellaboo's Play and Discovery Center
Open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Bellaboo's is closed on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day).
2800 Colorado St., Lake Station
Watch the kids have a ball at this self-directed play facility where children from infants to nine-year-olds can create, engage and explore. There is always a new daily activity happening at Bellaboo's to keep your little one occupied and having fun. For more information, call 219-963-2070 or click here.
Open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
4511 Evans Ave., Valparaiso
The third longest standing wood bat manufacturer in the country offers free tours Monday through Friday by appointment only. Learn the reason why Major League professionals, like Hall of Famer Frank Thomas, choose to swing a Hoosier Bat. Book your tour now by calling 219-531-1006 or click here for more information.
Indiana Welcome Center
Open this holiday season Sunday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
7770 Corinne Dr., Hammond
Visit "A Christmas Story" Comes Home this holiday season and see the animated windows inspired by the classic holiday film, "A Christmas Story," until Jan. 4. Take pictures with Santa, write a letter to the North Pole, say "cheese" with Flick and more. For more information on the Indiana Welcome Center, call 219-989-7979 or click here.
Holiday hours are as follows: Dec. 22 -Jan. 2, JAK'S Warehouse will be open at 10 a.m. JAK's will close at 4 p.m. on Dec. 24 and will be closed on Christmas Day. JAK's will be open on New Year's Eve until 10 p.m.
222 Indianapolis Blvd., Schererville
Home of Double Ticket Tuesdays, indoor laser tag, indoor go-karts and a full arcade, JAK's Warehouse is your one-stop shop for fun this holiday break. Learn more about JAK's Warehouse by clicking here or call 219-322-5257.
Now that you know what we have in mind for this holiday break, we want to hear from you! What plans do you have to stay busy through the holiday season? Let us know below! Don't forget, (laser) tag your friends and have some fun during this holiday break!