While the kids always look forward to winter break and having time off from school, it is not always easy for moms and dads to keep them occupied. While some downtime is good, it is also a good idea to have some activities planned so you don’t all go stir crazy. Here are some things to do with the kids over winter break.
The kids can step back in time and learn all about the history of the fur trade. This fur post has a visitors center with interactive exhibits that show how life was for the men in the trade, the role of women, and the global economy during the time. You can see a 24-foot birch canoe and all the merchandise that it had to carry, and everyone can visit the London hat shop and even try on hats made from beaver felt. The visitors center has over 100 images showing how the Ojibwe, fur traders, and voyageurs worked together.
Chucker’s is a 16-lane bowling alley with an attached game room, so there is fun for the whole family. You’ll find this place in Rush City, just a few miles outside of Pine City. It features a state of the art Steltronic scoring system, with clean, well-maintained lanes, and plenty of room for the kids and their friends to have some fun. The attached game room has a pool table, video games, and tables for parents to sit while the kids play. This is also a great place to have a birthday party or if you want to plan for a get together while the kids are out of school.
There are several ski resorts within an easy drive of Pine City. Head to Afton Alps in Hastings or Chester Bowl in Duluth and spend the day outside on the slopes. Chester Bowl has a double chairlift and 175 feet of drop, and it also has 3 kilometers of intermediate cross-country ski trails. This park also has ice skating, so make sure to bring skates for everyone and make a whole day of it.
The Pine City Civic Center has open skate times when you can bring the kids for some ice time just for fun. You can buy a day pass or even get a season pass so you can go whenever you want. Admission is $7, but Pine City students can skate for free. Keep in mind that during open skates, there are no pucks or sticks allowed on the ice. If the kids want to play some hockey, there are also open hockey times too. Note that when playing hockey, they must wear a face shield, and other protective gear is encouraged.
There are plenty of things to do with the kids over winter break in Pine City. You can mix it up and spend some days inside and other days outside enjoying the fresh winter air.