Cold enough for ya? It's definitely cold enough for ice skating in Racine County! Grab your skates and try out these outdoor rinks:
Ice skating fun!
Milaeger's has 40-by-100-foot rinks at both of its stores: 4838 Douglas Ave., Caledonia, and 8717 Durand Ave., Sturtevant. The rinks are lighted at night. Free skating and free skates to borrow. The stores will provide 5-gallon pails for little skaters to use while learning.
The Village of Waterford's rink is open at Whitford Park, 625 N. River Road. This 95-by-40-foot rink is illuminated at night by the by baseball diamond lights. Skating is free; bring your own skates.
A brand-new skating rink is set to make its debut in Downtown Racine on Tuesday, Jan. 16. The rink will be located at Monument Square, near Main and Sixth streets. Hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily (weather permitting). Free ice skate rentals from 4 to 8 p.m. Fridays, 12 to 5 p.m. Saturdays and 12 to 4 p.m Sundays. Presented by the Downtown Racine Corp. www.racinedowntown.com
Old-fashioned sleigh rides
Take a horse-drawn sleigh ride! Apple Holler Farm, 5006 S. Sylvania Ave., Yorkville, presents authentic sleigh rides from now through February or as long as the snow lasts. The ride takes visitors through 78 acres of orchard and woods and includes a campfire, s’mores and hot apple cider or hot chocolate. The cost is $80 for up to four people and $15 per person for each additional rider. Sleigh rides are by reservation only. Call 262-884-7100 or visit www.appleholler.com
Shake the winter blahs on Saturday Jan. 20 with the Downtown Racine Fire & Ice Festival. Ice sculptors will be shaping blocks of ice into art from 12 to 5 p.m. You're also invited to free ice skating on Monument Square, stroll the vendor area to see homemade crafts and visit a food truck for a snack or a cup of hot chocolate. The Downtown Racine Corp. is holding a blanket drive to benefit local charities. Details at www.racinedowntown.com
Hot chocolate & more
More winter blahs shaking in Burlington!. The third annual Hot ChocolateFest runs Friday through Sunday, Jan. 19-21 at Echo Park, 589 Milwaukee Ave. It includes broom ball and ice skating on Echo Lake. There is also snowman decorating, a hot chocolate tasting contest and chili tasting throughout Downtown Burlington on Saturday. The weekend is capped by the Cabin Fever 5k on Sunday morning. Presented by the Burlington Area Chamber of Commerce. www.burlingtonchamber.org
Head indoors for some laughs on the Racine Theatre Guild stage, 2519 Northwestern Ave. RTG presents the offbeat, heartfelt comedy "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike" weekends Jan. 12-28. For tickets and show times, call the RTG box office at 262-633-4218 or visit www.racinetheatre.org
Head outdoors on Saturday, Jan. 27 for some brisk Winter Golf on Eagle Lake. Volunteers will transform the frozen lake into a fun, challenging golf course. Prizes and a raffle. Meet starting at 11:30 a.m. at Michael's on the Lake, 3101 Eagle Road, Kansasville.
Candlelight and skis
Spend an evening in nature at the Chilly Winter Candlelight Ski on Friday, Feb. 2 at River Bend Nature Center, 3600 N. Green Bay Road, Caledonia. Cross-country skis and snowshoes will be available for rent to traverse the illuminated, nighttime trails. Stay around for some warming chili cooked over the bonfire. Advance reservations to: 262-639-1515
With the animals
The Racine Zoo, 2131 N. Main St., invites you to Animal Amore, a romantic evening with a twist of animal flare from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10. Includes a gourmet, catered dinner with champage, open bar, appetizers and raffle prizes. Over dessert, you'll take in a presentation on animal love and how it's similar (or not) to our own love lives. Tickets are: $45 per person/$85 per couple for Zoo members; $50 per person/$90 per couple for non-members. Reservations required. www.racinezoo.org