What to do over winter break with tweens and teens

Winter break is almost here! Many schools around the Chicago area are closed through the first week of January, meaning kids have lots of down time. Wondering what to do with your tweens and teens? We have some ideas!

Hit the slopes

No worries if fresh falling snow is not in the forecast. Those who love skiing and snowboarding or want to try it for the first time will find plenty of the white stuff with a short drive to Wisconsin. Both the Mountain Top at Grand Geneva Resort and Wilmot Mountain make their own snow. In fact, Wilmot Mountain has added four miles of new snowmaking pipe and 56 new snowmaking guns this year. They’re serious up there. So, hit the slopes at these affordable resorts. Or hang out with hot chocolate and rock your après ski game while your tweens and teens do their thing (that’s my plan!).

Get cooking

Your family may not be traveling the globe this winter break, but your kids can still have a global culinary adventure via their taste buds. The Kids’ Table is offering the Cooking Around the World winter camps at its Lakeview location for kids 11-14. They’ll learn to make fun dishes like pain perdu, Roasted Corn Empanadas and pineapple fried rice, and hopefully make them for you at home as well. Now that’s a great way to start the new year.

Go fore fun

Top Golf is a popular option and adolescents (who happily wear shorts in the freezing cold) are pretty thrilled that they can tee it up no matter what the temperature is. My teen went last year when it was downright frigid, and she had a blast. Check out Top Golf locations in Naperville, Schaumburg and Wood Dale. Note that kids 15 and under need to be supervised by someone over 21.

Channel their creative side

The Art Institute is free for all kids 13 and younger and for kids age 14-17 living in Chicago. The Museum of Contemporary Art offers free admission to all youth 18 and under. Winter break is a great time to go wander and explore. 

Root on the Ramblers

If you were caught up in Loyola University men’s basketball team and their journey to the Final Four last year, go check out a game over winter break. The Ramblers play Indiana State on Jan. 2 at Gentile Arena in Chicago. Extra points if you have a Sister Jean sighting!

If you’re looking for ways to keep your adolescents occupied at home, get some fun ideas here.

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