With school out for the holidays and the kids bouncing off the wall, now is the time to reclaim the outdoors. Take a weekend getaway from the hectic holidays and explore everything the Show-Me State has in the great outdoors with these great winter vacation ideas.
Take a Winter Weekend Getaway to Kansas City
Practice your figure eights and twirls at the only public, outdoor ice-skating rink in Kansas City: the Crown Center Ice Terrace. Channel your inner Olympic champion as you glide across the ice. Check out Two-for-One Tuesdays, where your $6 ticket admits you and a friend. Children ages 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Don’t worry about skates – rentals are just $3.
Winter Family Getaways on the Slopes
Located six miles northwest of the town of Weston, don your skis and catch some fresh snow during a weekend getaway on the 12 trails at Snow Creek; they have state-of-the-art snow making equipment. If skiing isn’t for you, try their Tornado Alley Tube Park for 700 feet of pure tubing adrenaline. Snow Creek offers a variety of packages and rentals, ranging from day passes to midnight specials. After you’re finished cruising the slopes, take a break from the action at the on-site pizzeria, café and bar.
Want to cross another ski slope off your list while staying in Missouri? Hidden Valley Ski Resort in Wildwood (ten minutes north of Eureka) is perfect for winter family getaways. Take the Polar Plunge and cruise down 1,200 feet of fresh powder on an inner tube, then do it all over again. Check out nighttime specials on the lighted trails. Even when the weather gets a little warmer, Hidden Valley’s snow machines work overtime so you can enjoy “real” winter weather.
More Winter Vacation Ideas in Missouri
If skating and skiing done interest you, spend your weekend getaway in Valley Park, 22 miles southwest of St. Louis, and take in Owl Prowl at the World Bird Sanctuary. On this nighttime adventure, a naturalist teaches you about the lives of owls and shows you how to call-in these nocturnal wild birds. After your lesson, explore the grounds and test your owl calling abilities. The event is held only on select nights thru March 14, 2014; visit their website for dates and times.