There are plenty of chances to explore and enjoy the great outdoors in the Region this winter. Northwest Indiana offers plenty of fun for the whole family — including ice skating, sledding and more — plus a few indoor activities to help chase the chill away.
ONGOING, hours vary, Midwest Training and Ice Center, 10600 White Oak Ave., Dyer. 219.558.8811. midwesttrainingandice.com. NWI's largest state-of- the-art training facility offers open skate sessions at its Olympic-size ice arena.
Ice Plaza at Deep River Waterpark
THROUGH FEB. 26, 4-9 p.m. Thursday, 2-10 p.m. Friday, noon-10 p.m. Saturday, noon-9 p.m. Sunday and holidays, Deep River Waterpark, 9001 E. U.S. 30, Crown Point. 219.947.7850. deepriverwaterpark.com. This winter wonderland is complete with an ice skating rink, food and beverage locations, a heated bathroom and more.
Ice Skating Under the Urschel Pavilion
THROUGH MARCH 5, hours vary, William E. Urschel Pavilion, 70 Lincolnway, Valparaiso. 219.548.4888. centralparkplazavalpo.com. Open skating takes place seven days a week.
Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking and Sledding
THROUGH MARCH 31 (weather permitting), Lemon Lake County Park, 6322 W. 133rd Ave., Crown Point. 219.663.7627 or 219.663.2418 (ski rental building); lakecountyparks.com. The park offers eight miles of easy to moderate trails in wooded areas with hills and flat open fields, ideal for beginners, intermediates, and advanced skiers and hikers. The sledding hill and skiing trails are open when adequate snow base allows.
South Shore Arts Winter Art Classes
BEGINS JAN. 9, South Shore Arts locations. 219.836.1839, ext. 103. southshoreartsonline.org. South Shore Arts offers art classes including pottery, mixed media and more for children and adults.
Dunes Learning Center Winter Open House
JAN. 14, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Dunes Learning Center, 700 Howe Road, Chesterton. 219.395.9555. duneslearningcenter.org. This afternoon of family fun in nature offers a chance to explore the outdoors with a team of expert naturalists or head inside for crafts, cookies and cocoa.
Families Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day
JAN. 16, 3:30 p.m., Lake County Public Library Highland Branch, 2841 Jewett St., Highland. 219.838.2394. lcplin.org. Families can celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day by working together to complete activities and crafts that promote his message of friendship and peace.
JAN. 17, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Porter County Public Library Valparaiso Branch, 103 Jefferson St., Valparaiso. 219.462.0524. pcpls.org. Families can drop in and complete a snowman craft.
Parents' Night Out
JAN. 20, 5:30-10 p.m., Schererville Community Center, 500 E. Joliet St., Schererville. 219.865.5530. activenwi.com. This fun-filled evening will be filled with a variety of fun games, crafts and activities for the kids, offering parents a chance to have a night on the town. Registration required and includes food.
Indiana Dunes State Park Geocache Adventure
JAN. 21, 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Indiana Dunes State Park, 1600 N. 25 E., Chesterton. 219.926.1952. indianadunes.com. Participants can enjoy the dunes with their GPS unit for a chance to win prizes. The event ends with a chili dump dinner.