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Winter Family Activities in the Council Bluffs Metro

Winter in the Council Bluffs metro area is a magical time, offering a host of family-friendly activities that are sure to create lasting memories. From thrilling indoor adventures to enjoying the great outdoors, there's something for everyone to savor. Here, you'll find some of the most exciting activities that families can enjoy during the winter season.

Jump Around at The Hub Trampoline Park


If your family craves adventure and adrenaline, look no further than The Hub Trampoline Park. This indoor trampoline park offers a high-flying experience that's perfect for all ages. Bounce, flip, and jump to your heart's content in a safe and controlled environment. Whether you're a seasoned jumper or a first-timer, The Hub is sure to provide hours of exhilarating fun for the whole family.

Hit the Slopes at Mt. Crescent Ski Area


Mt. Crescent Ski Area is a winter wonderland for those seeking outdoor adventure. This family-friendly destination offers skiing, snowboarding, and sledding on beautifully groomed slopes. With equipment rentals available, it's easy for everyone to hit the slopes, regardless of their experience level. Whether you're speeding down the hill or enjoying the scenic chairlift ride, Mt. Crescent is a winter paradise.

Learn & Explore at the Union Pacific Railroad Museum


Through the use of hands-on, interactive technology and exhibits, the Union Pacific Railroad Museum brings to life the struggles of building the Transcontinental Railroad, President Abraham Lincoln's involvement, the history of passenger rail service, rail safety, and more. Numerous displays and activities will intrigue train enthusiasts of all ages!

Watch Blockbuster Hits in a Small-Town Theatre 

If you're in the Council Bluffs metro area this winter and looking for an affordable and entertaining indoor activity, don't miss the opportunity to catch a blockbuster movie at the Dreamland Theatre in Carson or the Phoenix Theater in Neola. These charming local theaters provide a cozy and budget-friendly cinematic experience for families and movie enthusiasts alike. Enjoy the latest Hollywood releases in a nostalgic setting without breaking the bank.

Shop for Sweets & Treats at the Sugar Markery


This winter, treat your kids to a delightful and sweet adventure by taking them to the Sugar Makery BitterSweet Dessert Bar. This charming confectionery shop is a haven for those with a sweet tooth. The moment you step inside, you'll be greeted by an array of tempting candies, specialty popcorn, sodas, and other sugary treats that will make your kids' eyes light up with joy. It's the perfect place to shop for unique holiday gifts, indulge in delectable goodies, and create cherished memories with your little ones as you share in the simple joy of sweet treats on a winter day.

Check Out the Omaha Children's Museum!

Photo of children playing in the mock-up grocery store at the Omaha Childrens Museum
Image courtesy of Visit Omaha

Although technically across the river in Omaha, Nebraska, the Omaha Children's Museum is a short drive from Council Bluffs and provides an incredible experience for families. Even in the winter, the museum's indoor exhibits and interactive displays offer hours of hands-on fun and learning. Children can explore science, art, and cultural exhibits, making it an ideal destination for inquisitive young minds.

See the Region's Largest Indoor Christmas Tree at The Durham Museum 

A photo of a choir singing in front of the massive christmas tree at the Durham Museum
Image courtesy of Visit Omaha

During the holiday season, a visit to The Durham Museum in Omaha becomes extra special. The museum is famous for its stunning holiday displays, featuring the region's largest indoor Christmas tree, beautifully decorated and surrounded by holiday-themed exhibits. Families can experience the magic of the season with festive events, train displays, and a trip back in time through the museum's historical exhibits.

Here's to an UNforgettable Winter Adventure! 

Winter in the Council Bluffs metro area offers a wide array of activities for families to enjoy. Whether you're seeking excitement and adventure at The Hub Trampoline Park, carving up the slopes at Mt. Crescent Ski Area, exploring the rich history of the Union Pacific Railroad, fostering creativity and curiosity at the Omaha Children's Museum, or immersing yourself in the holiday spirit at The Durham Museum, there's something for every member of the family to cherish during the winter season. So, bundle up, grab your loved ones, and make the most of the chilly days with these unforgettable experiences!

After a long day uncovering all that Council Bluffs metro offers, unwind with a relaxing stay in a Council Bluffs hotel. Click on our hotel options to browse and book today! 

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