Welcome to 2013! Kick off the year in Hamilton County by taking advantage of one of these 8 Great ideas for your weekend plans. For even more ideas, check our online calendar of events.

1. The New Year brings new hours at Discovery Station and Science lab at Conner Prairie for Winter!  These are also the last days to see the Gingerbread Village exhibit and partake in Winter Fun Days!  

2. Do you love ballet? Enjoy seeing the Stars of the Russian Ballet this Saturday at the Palladium. If ballet is not your favorite, scan the Center for the Performing Arts calendar to see other cool performances that are coming with the New Year!  

3. The Winter Market starts again this Saturday and continues through the end of January. Don't miss out on local foodie items and other unique things to spruce up your home. 

4. Take a stroll in a winter wonderland! Strawtown Koteewi Park has many nature trails that are great for a wintery hike. Or stop by the Cool Creek Nature Center and Park for a leisurely stroll through the peaceful woods. 

5. Attend the First Friday Open House at the Nickel Plate Arts Campus from 5-8pm this Friday. There will be art activities, art from the winter art show, "Settling In: Winter in Hamilton County," and more. Best of all? It's free! 

6. If your New Year resolutions include saving more money, we've got the perfect resource for you whether you are visiting or live in Hamilton County! Check out our Special Offers page that is filled with coupons and special deals at local Hamilton County attractions, hotels and restaurants. There are even offers for special occasion space rentals for your next group get together!  

7. If you can't stop dreaming about when the ground thaws out and you can head to the links again, it's time to start planning your Stay & Play trip to Hamilton County for spring! With packages from 1 night and 2 rounds of golf to a 3 night stay with 4 rounds, there is a golf getaway waiting for any budget. Visit our Stay & Play page for ideas! 

8. Plan to do more or less cooking in the New Year? We've got solutions for you! If you plan to branch out and try new recipes, check our Chowtown Pinterest board for recipes from Conner Prairie and other Chowtown favorites. If you'd rather let someone else do the cooking, browse our restaurant page that lists many great eateries in the Hamilton County area.