If you're looking to get the family out of the house this winter, we have some ideas for how to do so. Kid friendly activities are around every corner.
Winter activities seem to officially begin when the skating rinks open. The ice trail at Howard Park in South Bend is wildly popular (as is the state-of-the-art playground). If you want to go, keep in mind that reservations must be made online in advance. They're booking out early with capacity limited as a coronavirus precaution. The rink at Merrifield Park in Mishawaka is another option. It's also operating at limited capacity, but admission is done in person.
Bonus idea: If there's enough snow on the ground, tubing is a blast! St. Patrick's County Park, Ferrettie/Baugo Creek County Park, George Wilson Park and Potato Creek State Park all have tubing hills. Call the parks in advance to get the latest schedule.
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Winter Days at Potawatomi Zoo
Potawatomi Zoo offers some opportunities to enjoy the outdoors and check in on the animals during the snowy season. Winter Days go from noon-3 p.m. on Jan. 23, Feb. 6, Feb. 20, March 6 and March 20. The best way to go is buying tickets online in advance.
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Indoor Fun and Games
Sometimes the weather sends you inside. Or the adventure just goes in that direction.
Generations AdventurePlex: A new addition to Mishawaka, Generations AdventurePlex has activities for all ages. Laser tag, bowling, a drop tower and the arcade are great for kids. There's also axe throwing and bocce ball.
Sky Zone Trampoline Park: A family favorite, Sky Zone in Mishawaka is like the best bounce house of all time. There's are several different ways to enjoy it, from a free climb area to a toddler zone exclusively for younger children.
Strikes and Spares Entertainment Center: Bowling, mini bowling, black light mini golf, go-karts, arcade, bumper cars — those are just some of the options at this popular Mishawaka family fun destination.
The Waypoint VRcade: If virtual reality is your thing, Waypoint VRcade in Mishawaka is your kind of place. The massiave space has free roam virtual reality and video games galore.
Family Friendly Food
Is there a meal more family friendly than pizza? Or tacos? What about breakfast? If you're wondering where to eat while you're in The Bend, it's time to start exploring your options.
South Bend Chocolate Co. Factory Tour
Ever wanted to take a deep dive into the world of chocolate? Here's your chance. Tours of South Bend Chocolate's production facility and museum are available. You'll learn about the chocolate-making process and make a chocolate spoon at the end.
Explore the University of Notre Dame
There are few places more beautiful than Notre Dame, especially under a fresh blanket of snow. Families often take walks to explore some of the notable campus landmarks — the Golden Dome, Touchdown Jesus, the Basilica and the Grotto — and take a few photos.
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