15 Ideas for Winter Family Fun in the Fort

It’s that time of year: the holidays are over, but winter is still upon us, spring and summer are too distant to get excited about just yet. Boredom is constantly lurking, and lazy nights it seems like the only option every weekend.  If only there were another way…

Fort Wayne to the rescue!  Despite this annual lull and chilly weather, our city is never short on activities, happenings, and events.  We’ve done the research: check out our top 15 ideas for the whole family on staying busy and entertained this winter.  

1. Cheer the Komets on to Number One!

Monday would be a lot better if we all had popcorn guns.

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The Komets are on fire this season with some of the best skaters in their league and are currently ranked second in their division.  Join Icy at the rink and help bring them to number one!

2. Go Mad for the Mad Ants

📸 from our first game of the #gleagueshowcase yesterday afternoon

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Mad Ants games are fun for the whole family, and promo nights keep things fresh. Don your capes and masks for Superhero Night on February 3rd.  Moms and Dads can enjoy a Wayne’s World theme on March 16th with a crowd-singing of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.”  Party on!

3. Hit the Lanes

It's Saturday night and we're in the spot!

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Fort Wayne has no shortage of awesome bowling alleys.  Besides its 56 lanes, Pro Bowl West claims to have the best pork tenderloin sandwich in the city.  Thunderbowl #1 has daily specials.  Crazy Pinz doesn’t stop at bowling; mini golf, a ropes course and a rock wall are just a few of their extra attractions.

4. Jump Around 

ugly sweaters, sick jumps

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Ever wanted to dunk a basketball like the pros?  Give it a shot (pun intended) with a trampoline at Sky Zone.  More trampolines stretch wall-to-wall for endless jumping, including a dodgeball court and foam pit.  

5. Take an Intergalactic Adventure

Is there anything as timeless as laser tag?  Test your skills with a kids-versus-grownups game at one of Fort Wayne’s arenas: Ultra Zone, Laser X, or Combat Ops.

6. Use Your Spare Change at an Arcade


Keep it classic at Tokens n’ Tickets, or go new-age with Spectrum Virtual Reality.  Strictly a pinball fan?  Try Fort Wayne Pinball.  Looking for something new?  Check out the augmented rock wall at Georgetown Bowl.  

7. Make a Great Escape

These interactive adventures are perfect for older kids who love a challenge.  Your group has one hour to solve the puzzles and riddles and escape before time runs out.  Think you have what it takes?  Visit one of Fort Wayne’s Escape Rooms: Fort Wayne Chamber Escape Rooms, Fort Wayne Escape Room, Room to Escape, or Hysterium Escapes.

8. Grab Your Ice Skates

Hockey is family. #FamilyDay

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Headwaters Park’s outdoor skating rink is now open through March 4.  The Sport One Icehouse is an indoor skating rink that hosts public skate days and is perfect for birthday parties.  No skates, no problem.  Both rinks offer rentals.  

9. Walk on Wheels

Roller Dome North is always hosting events including family nights and children’s skates.  Bell’s Rink offers more skating fun and is practically a historical landmark, around since 1926 in New Haven.  

10. Roam a Museum

Fort Wayne’s museums aren’t just for rainy days.  Science Central keeps its traveling exhibits fresh and fun with “Our Weakening Web” coming up next.  The permanent exhibits like the high rail bike and giant keyboard never lose their appeal.  

While maybe not technically a museum, the Botanical Conservatory combines learning and fun and is currently hosting “Fairy Tales”, an exhibit that brings children’s imaginations and your favorite stories to life.  

11. Sign Up for a Cooking Class

Dining is a family affair, so why not make cooking hands-on for everyone too?  The Olive Twist offers themed classes throughout the year. Private Chef Drew Sauer comes to you with interactive cooking classes in your home.  He’s currently running a special on Korean cuisine: sign up now!

12. Sled the Slopes

We haven’t seen the last of snow, so have your sleds and tubes ready when it comes.  You can head to any nearby hill, but Franke Park, Johnny Appleseed Park, and Ivan Lebamoff Reservoir are some of the local faves.  

13. Shop the Farmers Market

Did you know the farmers market continues during the winter?  From October to May, the market heads indoors at Parkview Field every Saturday.  Stock up on fresh seasonal produce, shop and chat with local artists, and grab a bite at the rotating food truck parked outside.  

14. Feed Your Inner Drama Queen/King

Catch some touring Broadway shows at the Embassy, or support your acting neighbors at the Civic Center. Feeling extra dramatic?  Why not audition and star in a Civic Center production yourself!  West Central’s Arena Dinner Theater offers dinner and a show while IPFW and First Presbyterian Church host various performances throughout the year.  

15. Don’t Miss a Thing

The city of Fort Wayne is never short on local events.  On Facebook?  Utilize their events feature to find upcoming happenings each week and weekend.  Or check out our community’s new events calendar: Current Fort Wayne

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Author: Alexandra Sauer

Alexandra is the Community Relations & Events Manager at Positive Resource Connection. She is a Fort Wayne native, recently returning to the city after a 13-year hiatus traveling the world. Of all the places she's visited and lived, Fort Wayne remains the home in her heart. She loves writing about food, culture and family fun, and will cross traffic to pet a puppy.

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