FAMILY PROGRAMS & SPECIAL EVENTS

New! If Kids Ran Thanksgiving

Saturday, November 19 | 12-2 PM | Takiff Center | Activity #220310 | $10/15 R/NR per child | Ages 2-8 with an Adult

What would happen if kids were in charge of Thanksgiving dinner? It would probably be a lot different! When you register, your child will be asked how they think Thanksgiving should be celebrated. When they arrive on November 19, they will find out what wild ideas won! 

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Free!  Watts Opening Day

All Day | Friday, November 25 | Watts Center 
We’re kicking off our 50th ice season with a special day of skating fun for everyone! The first fifty people to visit will get a special 50th season commemorative gift. Skate rentals are available for $5. 


Glow Skate

5:30-7 PM | Friday, December 2 | Watts Center | Free to pass holders/$20 non-pass holders
Lasers, black lights, glow paint, and more! We’re lighting Watts with color at Glow Skate. Wear your neon colors and become part of the scene!


free! Skate and Create

11 AM-2 PM | Saturday, December 11 | Watts Center | Activity #220311 
Bring your family to create an edible dream home while listening to classic holiday tunes. We will supply the gingerbread house and all the decorations, then clean up the mess! Children must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. This event is free for all, but advance registration for a time slot is required. One gingerbread kit per family; registration is limited to one per family. Three time slots are available.

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New! Hallmark Holiday

Thursday, December 15 | 5-7 PM | Kalk Park | Activity #220838 | All Ages | $10/12 R/NR per person

If you enjoy the spectacle of the holiday season, this event is for you. Warm up outdoors with seasonal treats, activities, and good cheer, straight out of a movie!

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visit with santa

Saturday, December 17 | 12-3 PM | Watts Center | Activity #220321 | All Ages | $10/12 R/NR per group

Visit with Santa and enjoy holiday activities around the hearth at Watts Center. Photo ops occur every 10 minutes. Each party taking a picture must register.

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Free! Winter Solstice Parade of Lights

5-6 PM | Wednesday, December 21 | Shelton Park | All Ages

Decorate yourself, family, dogs, strollers or wagons with lights and things that glow for the Seventh Annual Winter Solstice Parade of Lights! Meet us at the Shelton Park playground for a festive presentation and then stroll the Green Bay trail to sing songs and celebrate the arrival of longer days. Festivities will end at the Shelton Park fire pit with hot chocolate and refreshments. Severe weather will cancel the parade. No candles or open flames, please! Event updates will be posted at gbtrail.org.


Free! Holiday Skate

11 AM-1 PM | Friday, December 23 | Watts Center
Come one, come all, and skate for FREE at Watts! Festive music and treats will get you in the holiday spirit! Skate rentals are available for $5.


Itty Bitty New Year

11 AM-12:30 PM | Saturday, December 31 | Takiff Center | Ages 0-6 | Activity #320825 | $10/12 R/NR per child

Ring in the New Year in a big way with dancing, activities, and a countdown to noon, complete with a balloon drop! Each child attending must register and be accompanied by an adult; adults are not required to register.

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Watts Below Zero

10 AM | Monday, January 16 | Watts Center  | Free to Watts Pass holders/$20 Non-pass holders
The annual winter carnival Watts Below Zero celebrates winter with ice skating, bumper cars on the ice, a giant snow mound to color, and refreshments, as well as other winter activities. The event is free for pass holders. Participants must sign up in advance for bumper car times. Skate rentals will be available for $5 each on a first-come, first-served basis.


Free!  Messy Morning

9:30-11 AM | Saturday, January 21 | Takiff Center | Ages 0-5

Come get messy with us! Your child will get to squeeze, squish, paint, swat, and do all the fun stuff you would never try at home. No need to register; just put on your oldest duds and drop in for a messy good time! All children must be accompanied by an adult.


New! Sweetheart Dance

6-8 PM | Saturday, February 4 | Takiff Center | Ages 2-8 | Activity #420846 | $100 for 2 people ($26/additional person)

It’s a ball for all! Join us for a magical dance with your special guest, and don’t forget to dress in your formal best. Our DJ will be spinning your favorite hits, and refreshments will be served. Registration is for two people, each additional person must register separately. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

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Disney Skate

5:30-7 PM | Friday, February 24 | Watts Center | Free to pass holder/$20 non-pass holders
Skate to your favorite music and enjoy a special Disney character appearance at this pass holder party on ice.