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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Family Fun During Christmas Vacation 2013

Categories: Family Fun

If the kids are out of school for the holidays and you're all tired of hanging around the house, get out and enjoy some of the great, family friendly events and activities going on in Bloomington over the next two weeks! Here's a quick rundown - more info on these and other events can be found on our Event Calendar.

Willy Wonka 

Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory 
Trust us, you do NOT want to miss this magical production from Cardinal for Kids! Who wouldn't love a tour of Willy Wonka's amazing chocolate factory? This one comes complete with Oompa Loompas and fun songs. December 20 - January 4. Special hotel rates available. 

 IU Basketball IU Basketball

Tickets can sometimes be hard to come by, but there are always extras available when games happen during the IU holiday break! There are two upcoming Men's games - on Dec. 20 and 22. Don't forget about the ladies, though! Always an affordable and fun family outing, tickets to see the Lady Hoosiers in action are only $5 for adults and $3 for kids. Catch the action as they take on Iowa on Jan. 2! Special hotel rates available. 

 Reindeer Reserve Reindeer Reserve

Meet a live reindeer and discover how they survive the frigid Arctic temperatures each winter! On Saturday, December 21, from 11 am to 3 pm, Silly Safaris will be on hand to introduce you to these amazing animals and Nordic cultures that depend on them. Tickets are $3, plus general museum admission.   

 Winter Woods Walk Winter Woods Walk

Join the Interpretive Naturalist at Monroe Lake for this fun winter hike at 2 pm on December 22. Explore the woods with some off-trail hiking and discover deer scrapes, wild turkey scratches, coyote traces, hibernation holes, and lots of other animal signs! Recommended for kids 10 and up, the hike will be approximately two hours, so please dress for the weather and wear good shoes. Meet in the overflow parking area on the right, just inside the Paynetown SRA gatehouse.

 Wonder Workshop - Window Art Wonder Workshop: Window Art

Drop in for a fun hands-on workshop at WonderLab Museum on December 28 and 29. Explore the science of reflection and create your own original iridescent window art for only $2 per participant, plus regular museum admission. This hands-on project will be available from 12-3:30 pm on Saturday and 1:30-4:30 pm on Sunday.

 First Friday of Art: Jigsaw Puzzles First Friday of Art: Jigsaw Puzzles 

Enjoy First Friday in Downtown Bloomington! WonderLab will present a special evening event, Science of Art: Jigsaw Puzzles, from 5-8:30 pm on January 3. Enjoy half-price admission to the museum and meet artist Marc Tschida of Press Puzzles, who will create an original jigsaw puzzle featuring a Bloomington landmark right before your eyes! Plus, create your own puzzle to take home and use old puzzle pieces in a variety of craft projects. 

 National Ham Radio Kids Day National Ham Radio Kids Day & Build Your Own Radio Workshop

WonderLab is a local host site for National Ham Radio Kids Day, on January 5. Learn more about ham radio operators and how they help warn us about severe weather as it's happening. Talk to kids across the country using high-tech radio technology and get a special participation certificate, then find out more about weather with hands-on activities. Programs run from 1-4 pm, For those who want a more in-depth experience, a Build Your Own Radio Workshop will be offered from 2-3 pm for an additional charge. Space in the workshop is limited, so call 812-337-1337 ext. 11 to pre-register.  

Tosha Daugherty

Tosha Daugherty

Tosha was the primary contributor to the B-town Blog during her tenure as content coordinator. Her blogs covered a number of topics, from family activities to outdoor excursions.