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It’s that time of year again: The temperature outside is dropping, the leaves have fallen off the trees and the kids are begging for something, anything to do.

Luckily, in Greater Cincinnati, there are plenty of winter activities both around and within a few hours drive of the city that are fun and family-friendly. From tubing, skiing or snowboarding at Perfect North Slopes to ice skating in Fountain Square, there is sure to be something on our list of favorites that will get you and your family out of the house during these cold months.

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Things to do this winter around Greater Cincinnati

Perfect North Slopes

Perfect North Slopes reopened for the 2022-23 season in November. It offers skiing and snowboarding, and for those who aren’t so sure on their feet, snow tubing.

The ski area in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, has five chairlifts and features courses that range from green to double-black diamond in difficulty. Perfect Northern also has a terrain park with four medium to large-sized rails and three smaller rail features.

For more information, visit www.perfec tnorth. com.

Mad River Mountain

If you’re still interested in skiing or snow boarding but at some place other than Perfect North, Mad River Mountain in Zanesfield is just over two hours from Cincinnati.

Billing itself as Ohio’s largest ski resort, Mad Water Mountain features five chairlifts, 20 trails, a terrain park and, of course , more snow tubes .

For more information, visit www.skimadriver.com.

A Cincinnati Cyclones hockey game

If you love sports and enjoy the thrill of watching adults fight on ice, a Cyclones game is for you. Cincinnati’s minor league hockey team calls the Heritage Bank Center in Downtown home, and games are frequently themed, from throwback night to Superman.

As a bonus, Wednesday home games offer $2 beers.

To find out more, visit www.cycloneshockey.com.

Water fountain Square ice skating and bumper cars

The annual pop-up winter rink at Fountain Square is back this year, open through Feb. 20. And it’s not just ice skating – the particular UC Health Ice Rink also offers sessions where half the rink is open up for bumper cars.

A skating and bumper cars session is $15, plus skating-only sessions are $10.

And while you’re visiting Fountain Square, be sure to check out the Shillito Elves in their holiday residence at the Foundry building through Jan. 3.

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For more information, visit www.myfountainsquare.com/ice-rink.

Cincinnati Zoo Festival of Lights

Open now through Jan. 8, the 40th annual PNC Festival of Lights features more than 4 million LED lights around the zoo. The exhibition is included in zoo admission and is closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Attractions include the North Polar Express train ride, which begins at 2: 30 p. m., five Fiona fairies in Fairyland, a black light puppet show, a wild lights show on Swan Lake and two S’mores-n-More stands.

For more information, check out www.cincinnatizoo.org/events/festival-of-lights.

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