This winter break, I am taking a little time off work to relax with my kiddos. The only trouble is they get bored when we are locked in the house for a little too long. I don’t want cabin fever to get the best of us, so I have a plan of action for when they are eager to explore.

Here are seven ideas for things to do during winter break in Hamilton County, Indiana - just north of Indy.

1. Create a masterpiece at Nickel Plate Arts
Take your budding artist to Nickel Plate Arts for drop-in art projects to cure cabin fever. My daughter recently told me she wants to be an artist when she grows up, so this is the perfect place for us to go. Kids of all ages are welcome. Parents must accompany their children during the class, but all materials and guided instruction are provided by staff and volunteers. Projects take about one hour to complete. Best part? No need to register — just drop in!

2. Indoor exploration at Conner Prairie
Here’s a little known secret: the inside of Conner Prairie is just absolutely amazing. There are tons of interactive aspects for kids of a variety of ages to enjoy, and it would be easy to spend an entire day playing. During Conner Prairie by Candlelight, you can explore Prairietown to see how settlers celebrated the winter season in 1836 or admire the delicious and impressive Gingerbread Village

3. Brunch at Bub’s Café
The brightly colored décor at Bub’s Café gives my little family vacation vibes. So when we are missing the sunshine, we plan to stop there for mid-morning pancakes and Bub holes.

4. Jumping at Sky Zone in Fishers
Kids can bounce off their energy for hours at Sky Zone. After they've jumped to their hearts' content, they'll be worn out!

5. Tubing at Koteewi Run Seasonal Slopes
How fun is this new attraction? Strawtown Koteewi Park is now home to a tubing hill. This isn't your average sledding hill; the length of the ride down the hill is 700 feet. Ride the tow line to the top to keep on tubing.

6. Ice skating in Carmel and Noblesville
There are two brand-new outdoor ice skating rinks in Hamilton County. Glide around the Ice at Center Green in Carmel, located within the charming Carmel Christkindlmarkt, and the Noblesville Ice Plaza at Federal Hill Commons.

7. Paint pottery at Kiln Creations in Noblesville
Make a masterpiece at this pottery shop just off the Noblesville Square. Pick your piece and paint it how you'd like, then return to pick up your kiln creation.

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