Favorite Winter Break Pastimes

Parents, it's time to come clean. You're kids have been out of school for almost a week now and you're probably beginning to feel a little frazzled. Luckily other area parents and local organizations have some suggestions for how you can keep your kids busy this Christmas break.

Jamie Bootz and her kids spent Thursday skating around the 400 Block in Wausau.

"My kids wanted to do something on Christmas break so we decided to go ice skating. We brought a couple friends along. It's actually a really nice day. So get outside and enjoy the weather while they're on break," Bootz told NewsChannel 7.

"It's kind of just a fun time and you can do it whenever you want. You don't have to be the best at it, but you can just try it," Bootz daughter Bailey said about ice skating.

The Bootz family is not alone in their efforts. From ice skating to skiing and sledding parents are finding all kinds of fun ways to keep their kids active this winter.

Jeremy Hanke took his son Ethan sledding at Military Hill in Rothschild.

"Get outside. Enjoy the weather. It's never too cold. You can always put layers on, never too cold to get outside the house," Hanke encouraged.

If outdoor activities aren't your thing, there's always plenty to do inside as well. Eighth grader Kerri Seyfred is spending her break at the Woodson YMCA in Wausau, tumbling her way through their holiday gymnastics camp.

"Getting active is really fun too, but you make a lot of friends and stuff and the people here are really nice," Seyfred said about her class.

If you're just not that flexible, don't worry. The YMCA offers something for everyone.

"We have open swim time. We have racquetball that the parents and the children can play. We have the open gym time where they can shoot hoops or do other things in the gym. So there's just a lot of things to do at the 'Y'," Kathy Peterson, Director of Membership at the Woodson YMCA, told NewsChannel 7 about their programming.

Rock climbing, zumba and kids cardio fitness classes are a few other activities offered at the Woodson YMCA. The classes are open to both members and the public.

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