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Looking for things to do AFTER Christmas? Look no further than right here in Racine County! Get out and enjoy some holiday lights, local art, hands-on puzzles and a New Year’s Day tradition. Enjoy your holiday break week with Real Racine.
See some art. Don’t miss Art of AdORNAMENTS 2016 through Friday, Dec. 30 at the Racine Art Museum, 441 Main St. This year’s ornament making competition has 46 entries from throughout the area. While you’re at RAM, be sure to see the annual Holiday Tree decorated with hundreds of antique blown glass ornaments. RAM is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 12 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Closed Mondays and New Year’s Day. Visit www.ramart.org
Don’t miss these lights! Spectacular light displays can be viewed from your vehicle through year-end in Racine County. The Kiwanis Holiday of Lights are on at dusk each evening at the Racine Zoo, 2131 N. Main St. The Jamestown Lights, featuring more than 21,000 lights choreographed to music, can be seen from 5 to 10 p.m. daily at 6509 Williamsburg Way, Mount Pleasant. They’re both free.
The Big One. The Wisconsin Christmas Carnival of Lights are at Jellystone Park Camp Resort, 8425 Hwy. 38, Caledonia, through Saturday, Dec. 31. This display, featuring more than 1 million lights, displays and music, runs from 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and from 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday (closed Christmas Day). Admission is $20 per car, $30 per large passenger van and $35 per large bus or motor home. www.wichristmascarnival.com
A puzzler. The whole family will be entertained with hands-on brainteaser puzzles this week at the Logic Puzzle Museum located at the Spinning Top Museum, 533 Milwaukee Ave., Burlington. Children and adults are invited to try 60 different hands-on, brainteaser challenges, see puzzles from the 19th century and make a puzzle toy to take home. Sessions are from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and on Friday and Saturday. Admission is $9 per person. Reservations recommended. 262-763-3946 or www.logicpuzzlemuseum.org
A Mary holiday. Join the Racine Theatre Guild, 2519 Northwestern Ave., for a New Year’s Eve (Saturday, Dec. 31) presentation of the musical “Mary Poppins” starting at 8 p.m. After the show, there’s a party with dancing, hors d’oeurves, drinks, party hats and noisemakers and a champagne/sparkling cider toast at midnight. Tickets are $35 adults, $30 seniors (age 62 and over) and $15 students (age 21 and under). Call 262-633-4218 or www.racinetheatre.org
Make a dash! New Year’s Day (Jan. 1) brings Splash and Dash to North Beach, 100 Kewaunee St., Racine. The annual plunge into Lake Michigan starts at 12 noon. The nearby Racine Yacht Club, 1 Barker St., is open at 7 a.m. for football and snacks. Proceeds from Splash and Dash go to the Racine County Food Bank, Homeless Assistance Leadership Organization (HALO), the Hospitality Center and the Kiwanis Club Scholarship Program. Pledge forms and details at www.splashanddashracine.com
Special price. Start 2017 off with a bargain priced visit to the Racine Zoo, 2131 N. Main St. The zoo has a special “Dollar Day” admission of just $1 per person on Monday, Jan. 2 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. If you can’t make it on Monday, more Dollar Days are scheduled for Jan. 16 and Feb. 2 and 20. www.racinezoo.org
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