Whether your children are in school, or learning remotely, it's Winter/Christmas break, so of course, they are now bored! What's a parent to do?

No worries, because there are many things for the kids, and the entire family, to do to make the time off much better. Yes, we're still fighting the pandemic of COVID-19, and we need to still wear a mask, socially distance and be super careful, but that doesn't mean you have to lock yourself away.


The West Michigan Tourist Association (WMTA) has a few fun winter break ideas that are safe for all families that Fox 17 reported about.

First, Grand Rapids Public Museum is hosting Snowflake Break Camps for students in 1st through 6th grade. I spoke with Alee'a Cherry from the museum who said they can participate either in-person or virtually to explore science, history, and culture. It begins this Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from today, December 21 to 30

Next, John Ball Zoo has their Howliday Virtual Safari Series on the last two Mondays and Wednesdays of December. Zookeepers highlight the fun between different animals, such as Red Pandas, Amur Tigers, and penguins. Again, this begins today, December  21, 23, and 28 at 10 a.m. and on the 30th at 1 p.m. Sessions cost $3 per member and $5 per non-member.

Finally, don't forget the Blandford Nature Center is open to the public this winter. Just bundle up and explore the trails and historic buildings on 264 acres of land, located on the northwest side of Grand Rapids. Once snow sets in, the nature center is the perfect spot for snowshoeing or cross-country skiing.


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