12 Reasons to Leave the House Over Winter Break

Below freezing temperatures, holiday movies, and hot chocolate are all great reasons to grab your slippers, stay in your pajamas, and snuggle on the couch. But I’m not the kind of person who can stay inside for long. I feel twitchy if we don’t get out of the house every day! With that in mind, here are twelve reasons to bundle up and leave the house over winter break.

19 Winter Break Activities and Events in Terre Haute and the Wabash Valley


These local activities will keep your family occupied throughout winter break!

The Nature Center at Dobbs Park is holding craft time open house from 10:00 am-4:00 pm Dec. 27-Jan. 6. For questions call 812-877-1095.

Christmas in Deming Park. December 4-January 1st. Take a drive through Deming Park and enjoy the decorated shelters. Lights will be turned on nightly from December 4-January 1. Opening Night ceremonies will be held in the parking lot at 6:00 pm on December 4.

Ice skating in Terre Haute? Yes, it’s true! Find details and dates in our “Ice Skating in Terre Haute” post. 


Let your kids “Train to be an Elf” at the Terre Haute Children’s museum from 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. on December 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30. Free with museum admission or membership!

Lace up your skates and join the fun during Winter Break Day Skate at Terre Haute Skate World from December 18-December 27. Admission is $2. Skate rental extra.

Make this holiday season “green” by repurposing your Christmas tree into fish habitat and mulch for your county parks from December 27 through January 15, 2018. Remove all decorations prior to drop-off. Bring your paper, plastic, glass, cardboard, steel, and aluminum in one bag to be recycled. All recyclables must either be bagged or broken down to fit inside dumpster. Free drop-off with donations appreciated.

Grab your calendar and pencil in the dates of these winter break activities and events!

December 26, 27, & 28. 10-3 pm. Christmas break activities at Strive 365 indoor sports complex. $20/child. Ages 7-17. Soccer, baseball, softball, and volleyball.


December 27. Family Night Holiday Special at Terre Haute Skate World. Admission only $1. Skate rental extra.

December 27. Slime Day at Charm School. Looking for something fun for your kiddos to do after Christmas?? Join Angela to create your very own batch of SLIME. We will attempt to make at least 2 different versions of slime. Drop off your child(ren) for this fun event and run a few errands while they are creating. Ages 7 and up recommended. Younger children are welcome to attend with a parent who will assist them in creating.

December 29. Art for the New Year at Charm School. Looking for something fun for your kiddos, tweens and teens to do after Christmas? Drop off your child(ren) for this fun event and run a few errands while they are creating. Ages 8 and up recommended. Younger children are welcome to attend with a parent who will assist them in creating.

December 30. Strive365 will be hosting a Wiffle Ball tournament on December 30 to kickoff our Wiffle Ball league starting in the beginning of January.

What are you doing for New Year’s Eve? Click HERE for our top suggestions! 

7 things to do during New Year's Eve in Terre Haute


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The fun has ended for these great events:

Come inside out of the cold and build with us during your Winter break (December 18-22)! Bricks 4 Kidz is offering a Holiday Wonderland LEGO camp December 18th– 22nd from 9am-12pm each day.  Campers will enjoy multiple holiday themed stations including 3D figure building, mosaic pattern making, motorized technic projects, Christmas ornaments, perler beads, and much more.  We will also visit Minecraft Festive World, Star Wars with new builds including BB8 and your favorite characters from the newest episodes and our all new Superhero camp.  All of these exciting activities bundled up into your two-week break!

Join the Chances and Services for Youth “Winter Break Camp” for education, recreation, art, character development, literacy, and health and wellness. This camp is designed for self-sufficient kindergarteners through fifth graders. Registration is $20 for one day or $50 for four days.

Dee’s Christmas Light Show is happening in Brazil through December 25.

Camp Navigate will be hosting Holiday Break Camp for school age children December 18th through the 22nd from 7:30am to 5:30pm! SPECIAL NOTE: Our partners at Clabber Girl have invited us to join them for a field trip during this HOLIDAY BREAK! There is a 15% discount for siblings.

December 19. Join the Polar Express Party at the Main Branch of the Vigo County Public Library. Drop in to make crafts, enjoy snacks and watch a festive movie during Winter Break.  Crafts will be available from 12:00pm-1:00pm.  At 1:00pm, embark on a magical journey aboard The Polar Express.  Travel to the North Pole with a young boy who learns about friendship, bravery and the holiday spirit on his adventure.  Festive refreshments will be served.

December 19. Kid’s Christmas Class at Clabber Girl. Ages 5-12. No adults please. Join Chef Brittany Molinder for a morning filled with Christmas fun! We will be doing a combination of food based crafts and Christmas goodies. This class is hands-on and participants will be provided with samples of everything prepared during class.

December 19. 2:00 p.m. Art Start at the Swope Art Museum. This is a FREE program for preschoolers! Find out more in this post. 

December 20. Gift Making Day for kids and teens at Charm School. Join Angela to create some nice holiday gifts for someone special to you. We will create at least one female-themed gift and at least one male-themed gift for you to take home. We will not be posting a picture of these so as not to spoil the surprise! But they are sure to be a lot of fun! Drop off your child(ren) for this fun event and run a few errands while they are creating. Ages 7 and up recommended.

December 20. Ornament decorating with Santa’s elves at the Torner Center in Deming Park. Ages 5-12. Join Santa’s elves and make various Christmas ornaments.
There will also be special snacks provided by the elves. Cost: $5.00.

December 20. Bright Box “Girls with Drills” FREE event at Rose Hulman. Create art with hardware screws and build projects such as rockets and mini bookshelves. This event is full! 

December 20. Elephant and Piggie Party. Craft, Story Time, and Elephant & Piggie! For ages 5 and under at Clinton Public Library.

December 22. Christmas Dinner and Movie at the West Vigo Community Center. Completely free event for the entire community!

December 22. 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. “Everything Unicorn” at Charm School. Join Angela to create at least 3 Unicorn Crafts! Ages 7+ are recommended, younger children are welcome if accompanied by an adult.

December 22. 5:00. December Parent’s Night Out at the Vigo County YMCA. Christmas party. Ages four and up will enjoy swimming, Christmas crafts, and decorating Christmas cookies. Ages 3 and under will have Christmas crafts and decorating Christmas cookies.

December 23. Carriage Rides in the Park in Brazil, IN. Single tickets for $7 or a family 4 pack for $20.


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