Central Iowa Winter Bucket List with the Family

So I originally wrote this list back when I started Des Moines Parent website. It’s interesting to see the changes over the years as my kids have gotten older. So here is my updated list for my family in 2021!

The first official day of Winter is December 21st.  My mental calendar switches over to the Winter season a bit earlier than most.  To me Winter comes as soon as Halloween is over.  So my Central Iowa Winter Bucket List with the Family includes Thanksgiving, Christmas and all sorts of cold weather fun.  So here it is (in no particular order):

  1. Have a PJ Party and Watch Movies.
  2. Enjoy a warm cup of hot cocoa.
  3. Go Sledding.
  4. Drive thru the Neighborhood looking at lights. Check out the best places to go here.
  5. Build a Snow Fort.
  6. Build a Snowman.
  7. Play Snow Ball (Hit snowballs with a baseball bat).
  8. Put food coloring and water in spray bottles and go “paint” the snow.
  9. Attend the Festival of Trees and Lights.
  10. Take a drive thru Jolly Holiday Lights.
  11. Show off my ice skating skills at Brenton Skating Plaza.
  12. Stay warm and get my hop on at SkyZone.
  13. Try and make bubbles freeze.
  14. Head to Seven Oaks in Boone to sled, ski and have fun!
  15. Watch “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (Classic version)
  16. Go on a Horse Ride thru Valley Junction at Jingle in the Junction
  17. Bake some Christmas Cookies.
  18. Enjoy the benefits of using the bumpers while Bowling with my kiddos at Uncle Buck’s in Altoona.
  19. Teach my daughter my secret Pumpkin Pie Recipe.
  20. Make a DYI Advent Calendar.
  21. Teach my kids the proper way to dunk grilled cheese sandwiches into tomato soup.
  22. Make a video tape of the family singing Christmas carols and send out to our family & friends.
  23. Read Christmas stories in front of the fire.
  24. Make snow angels.
  25. Go Roller Skating at Skateland in Des Moines.
  26. Sled at Sleepy Hollow Snow Park.
  27. Enjoy some free games and photo with Santa at Bass Pro Shop.
  28. Head to the Operating Room and play some fun Video games out of the cold.
  29. Do some Indoor Rock Climbing at Climb Iowa.
  30. Check out a local Hockey Game. Iowa Wild or Des Moines Buccaneers

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