Looking for interesting things to do this winter with your family?  Looking for that one-of-a-kind winter getaway?  Grand Rapids has lots of things to do in the winter with kids.  Check out these winter learning adventures in Grand Rapids for you and your family.

FHC FireworksHoliday Lights & Fireworks – December 5, 2014 (5:30-8:30pm)

See Santa Claus flip the switch that illuminates thousands of LED lights on the Forest History Center’s fire tower, which will serve as his Northwoods beacon on Christmas Eve. Watch a dazzling fireworks display that heralds the coming holiday season. Listen to the Grand Rapids Area Male Chorus as they sing holiday favorites. Enjoy coffee, hot chocolate, and cider.  Admission: $4.50/adults, $3.50/seniors & students, $3 (6-17) & Children Under 6 and MHS Members FREE

FHC SantaChristmas in the Logging Camp – December 6, 2014 (10am-4pm)

Join Camp No. 1’s crew for a Christmas celebration in the logging camp. Choral singers, Santa, storytelling, sleigh rides, hot chocolate and cider, as well as many other activities will make this an unforegetable old-fashioned Christmas experience.  Admission: $4.50/adults, $3.50/seniors & students, $3/children 6-17) MHS Members & Children under 6 FREE

FHC Winter FestNorthwoods Holiday Fest – December 26-28, 2014 (10am-4pm)

Revel in a winter wonderland with sleigh rides, skiing, ice skating, sledding on Logger’s Mountain, snow sculptures, snowball launching, music, and food. Tour the logging camp under winter conditions. Fun for the whole family. Admission: $9/adults, $7/seniors & students, $6/children 6-17) MHS Members & Children under 6 FREE

FHC Kidz CampPolar Kidz Day Camp – December 29-30, 2014 (7:30am-5:30pm) 

Looking for something fun for the kids to do during their holiday vacation? Enroll them in Polar Kidz Day Camp. With sledding, snowshoeing, wildlife presentations, movies, music, crafts, sleigh rides, and other activities they’ll have a blast! Suitable for kids 6-13. Call 218-342-4482 to register.  Cost: $45/child (non-members) & $35/child (members)

FHC ZoomobileZoomobile in the Woods – January 3, 2015 (12pm & 1pm presentations)

The Lake Superior Zoo will be providing two exciting live animal presentations that will be fun for the whole family. Admission: $9/adults, $7/seniors & students, $6/children 6-17) MHS Members & Children under 6 FREE

FHC ShowshoesHand Crafting Snowshoes – January 7, 2015 (6-9pm), 10 (10am-4pm), 11 (12-4pm), 24 (10am-4pm), 25 (12-4pm)

Create traditional Ojibwe-style snowshoes from scratch. Pointed at both ends, this design is well suited for travel in wooded areas and on frozen lakes. Join master woodworker, John Beltman, as he guides you through the processes of bending ash frames, mortising in cross pieces, lacing webs using hollow nylon, and creating bindings using lamp wick materials. You will leave the course with your own heirloom-quality snowshoes.  Admission: $200/non-members & students &  $170/members

FHC Winter AdventureFamily Winter Adventure Day – January 17, 2015 (10am-4pm)

Get out and get moving! Come to the Forest History Center to snowshoe (free use of snowshoes with admission), ice skate, cross country ski, ride bullet sleds down Logger’s Mountain, launch snowballs with a giant slingshot, or play indoor carnival games to win prizes. Sleigh rides to see the logging camp. Fun for the whole family. Admission: $9/adults, $7/seniors & students, $6/children 6-17) MHS Members & Children under 6 FREE

Emily Rose Photography

Emily Rose Iphone Image

Fun with iPhone Photograpy, Aerial Photography, and GoPro Video – January 31, 2015 (10am-4pm)

Emily Rose, John Connelly, and Trent Weston present three fun workshops in one day. Learn how to shoot photos with your iphone, take great aerial photos using a remote-controlled hexacopter, or capture video of your dog sledding adventure using GoPro. Whether you are an acomplished photographer or videographer or a beginner, these workshops will be informative and fun.  Admission: $9/adults, $7/seniors & students, $6/children 6-17) MHS Members & Children under 6 FREE

Night Nordic SkiingMoonlight Skiing & Snowshoeing – February 3, 2015 (6-9pm)

Strap on your skiis or snowshoes and explore a magical forest world crisscrossed with groomed trails that are lit by the full moon and lanterns. Afterwards, warm up in the Visitor Center with treats, hot drinks, and live music.  This activity would make for a GREAT date night!  Admission: $9/adults, $7/seniors & students, $6/children 6-17) MHS Members & Children under 6 FREE

Vintage SkiingVintage Ski Rendezvous – February 14, 2015 (11am-2pm)

Experience what it was like to ski in the early days of cross country skiing at the Vintage Ski Rendevous. Whether you ski or not, bring your vintage ski equipment and celebrate the days of winter yore. For those inclined, there will be a non-competitive ski tour on groomed trails. Awards for the best costume and vintage equipment ensemble. Also, enjoy ski movies, live music, and a chili feed.  Admission: $9/adults, $7/seniors & students, $6/children 6-17) MHS Members & Children under 6 FREE

Winter HorsesStomping on Winter – February 21, 2015 (10am-4pm)

Looking for something fun to do? Get out of the house and come to the Forest History Center for Stomping on Winter. With lots of indoor and outdoor games, it’s going to be a blast for the whole family. There will also be sledding, ice skating, snowshoeing, sleigh rides, tours of the logging camp, and fascinating live animal presentations by Lake Superior Zoo.  Admission: $9/adults, $7/seniors & students, $6/children 6-17) MHS Members & Children under 6 FREE