Why? Lake Metroparks Holiday Fun!

Last week, we checked out two Lake Metroparks holiday events and had a blast at both! First, we spent an afternoon at the Wild Days of Winter, a life-sized Candy Land adventure at Penitentiary Glen Nature Center.


You receive your own set of game cards to play the Candy Land game, but if your kids are around Jeffrey’s age, you mostly just explore the lights, colors, and themes.


The game board areas have been modified to highlight the fun things you can do in the Lake Metroparks throughout the various seasons. The camping area was a particular favorite, since tents make for great peek-a-boo sessions.


After the Candy Land fun, you can also make a s’more-nament (an ornament that looks like a s’more) for your tree.


We had a great time exploring the Wild Days of Winter! This is a truly creative event that kids of all ages can enjoy. Wild Days of Winter is open daily through January 2 from noon-5pm and is free (suggested donation for the s’more-nament is $1).

We also went to Country Lights at the Lake Metroparks Farmpark. I had heard great things about this annual event, but I was honestly blown away by the amount and quality of the activities at Country Lights.

We started at Santa’s Workshop, where Jeffrey got to choose the type of toy he wanted to make (a firetruck in our case, but there are tons of cool options). Then, an elf helped build the toy right in front of our eyes!


Then it was off to paint the toy. Jeffrey’s firetruck is interestingly spottily painted with pink and white. It’s definitely his own unique creation!


After Santa’s workshop, we explored the indoor areas of the Farmpark, decked out with lights, characters, and all manner of festive decorations.


We also tried our hand at cookie decorating. Jeffrey is a fan of frosting, clearly.


We headed outside for a horse-drawn carriage ride through the Farmpark, which is covered in twinkling lights.


We also stopped in at the barn to see the Holiday Horse Show, as well as Santa’s train room (I think Jeffrey would still be there if it was up to him).


Country Lights is sold out for this year. I know I’ll be waiting eagerly for the tickets to go on sale for next year’s event. This is a whole lot of holiday magic packed into one location!

Lake Metroparks definitely knows how to celebrate the holidays in ways that every member of your family can enjoy!



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