Top Local Activities that Await Eureka and Wildwood Students During Winter Break
From swishing down ski slopes to curling up with a good book, students have various options for winter break.
Now that presents are unwrapped and stockings are emptied, it may be time to find an activity outside of the house. Eureka and Wildwood have several opportunities for family fun during the holiday break.
Hidden Valley Ski Resort is open for the winter season. During the school-related holiday break from now until Jan. 3, the resort opens for business at 9 a.m.
The new Polar Plunge Tubing Area at Hidden Valley Ski Resort may open sometime during the next week, said Bill Brandes, the resort's general manager. The regular Hidden Valley season pass does not include the new tubing area. A separate $26 fee pays for tube rental, a ride to the top of the slope and two hours of tubing fun.
The Hidden Valley Ski Resort website is a great resource to help plan family outings. The site displays a trail map, resort statistics, a first timer's guide and a kids' zone.
Entire families may be interested in the variety of activities offered at the Wildwood Family YMCA, at which everyone can do something a little different, if desired, all on the same trip. The YMCA is open for regular business hours now through Dec. 30. On New Year's Eve, the YMCA will be open for certain holiday hours, 5 a.m. until 3 p.m., and on New Year's Day, it will be open from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The organization's website lists the activities available, such as aquatics, court sports, gymnastics, personal trainer sessions, and even basic guitar lessons.
The new movie theater in Wildwood, B&B Theatres, would be another fun family outing. The theater's website lists show times and pricing. B&B Theatres offers a reduced price of $5 for any movie on screens 1 through 8 and showing before 1 p.m.
For some mental exercise, the Eureka Hills Branch Library will be open during the holiday break from school. The library's website gives the events and hours of operation. But the library will be closed on New Year's Day.
Getting out into the area's natural settings is another option. Both Eureka and Wildwood communities have many parks to hike and explore. The following parks can be found within the Eureka community:
- Bolby Park.
- Drewel Park.
- Kircher Park.
- Legion Park.
- Route 66 State Park.
- Soetebier Park.
- Lions Park.
Within the Wildwood community, parks from the following list are available to the public.
- Glencoe City Park, just recently dedicated by city officials, includes new playground equipment and restroom facilities.
- Anniversary Park.
- Old Pond School Park.
- Kohn Park (but remains just a 3-acre tract of land).
- Dr. Edmund A. Babler Memorial State Park.
- Greensfelder Park.
- Rockwoods Reservation.
Customers also can make their own jewelry at Ben Franklin's store in Eureka, or pick up a one of a variety of arts and crafts to try.
The Eureka Parks and Recreations staff also is conducting a winter break camp during the mornings this week.