Things to do over winter break

By on December 28, 2012

by Amy Burgholzer, Kaneland Krier reporter
KANELAND—Winter break is here, and most teenagers will be stuck inside their rooms on their laptops, phones or other electronic devices. Many of these teens don’t realize that there are plenty of outdoor activities worth a try. The surrounding areas also have many activities that can help fight winter boredom.

For something that’s free and fun to do with friends, have a snowman building party and turn it into a competition. Have friends get really creative with their snowmen; at the end, everyone decides which snowman is the best.

If you’re willing to travel a bit, the Brookfield Zoo Magical Lights show is just $15. It’s general admission to get in, but within the zoo there are over 1 million lights, a computer-generated light show, carolers, storytellers and much more. The Lights Festival runs from now until Dec. 31, 4 to 9 p.m.

There’s also Hardy’s Reindeer Ranch in Rantoul, Ill. The ranch is open daily, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and will remain open until Saturday, Dec. 29. Reindeer tours are $4 per person.

You can check out historic Route 66 in Pontiac, Ill., at the the Illinois Route 66 Hall of Fame and Museum. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., seven days a week

For a fun and sporty day, head to Andalusia, Ill. and hit up Ski Snowstar Winter Sports Park. There are many activities to do, including skiing. The admission has family and group packages, making the day at the sports park both enjoyable and inexpensive.

Fun winter activities aren’t relegated to Illinois, either. Visit the Richard Bong Recreational Area in Wisconsin. Open year-round, 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., this recreational area is just 71 miles away from Chicago, and would make a great day trip with friends or family.

Another free activity to do is visit the lakefront in Wisconsin and build an igloo. Be creative with the igloo. Make it the classic dome shape with snow bricks or make it more modern day by simply piling the snow up.

The surrounding areas have many activities to do for bored teenagers over winter break, so turn off your computers and get outside already.