Is the cold weather getting you down? Fret not! The Lake Sun came up with a list of things to do during the winter season!

1. Timber Falls Indoor Waterpark

Here’s a no-brainer that the whole family will get behind and will have your kids cheering you on. Head to Tan-Tar-A Resort’s indoor waterpark to pretend like you’re in the tropics. Kids will find exciting water slides and water games while you sit in the whirlpool or float the lazy river. September through May Timber Falls is open 12-10 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturdays and 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sundays.

2. Miner Mike’s

‘Adventure Town’ in Osage Beach is another great indoor family “hot” spot to beat that cabin fever. You’ll find 50,000 square feet of rides, games, simulators and food. At Buster’s, play air hockey or dance like it’s 1999 on their 10-foot tall UFO Stomper. There’s also a popular NASCAR racing game, and at Buster’s Garage, the largest indoor elevated electric go-kart track in the U.S. Need we say more? 

3. Jetz Trampoline Park

For this one, the name doesn’t do it justice. Jetz Trampoline Park is so much more than trampolines. Family laughs and adventures are almost guaranteed with attractions like Sky Diving Foam Pits, B2 Bomber Basketball, Dog Fight Battle Beam, Top Gun Ninja Course, Little Jet Jump Zone and more. 

4. Storm’s Axe Throwing

Here’s one for the adults. Indoor axe throwing is a growing sport sweeping the country from Canada, and there’s now an indoor axe throwing venue in Eldon. So maybe this is a sign that it’s time to get in touch with your inner lumberjack. This venue provides the equipment you’ll need as well as some axe-throwing experts to help get you started. Walk-ins are welcome, but reservations are highly recommended especially on weekends and holidays.

5. Go on a hike.

Ok, so it’s cold outside. The forecast for Lake of the Ozarks this weekend isn’t as cold as other parts of the state and is typically a little warmer here during the winter. Besides, when your grandparents were your age, they walked a mile to school uphill both ways. Winter is actually a great time to hike — no pesky ticks or mosquitos. The key is preparation. Bundle up from top to bottom, take a charged cell phone, and don’t take any risks while you’re out there. There’s no need to make this an epic journey, just take a nice stroll along one of the Lake of the Ozarks’ many beautiful shorter hiking trails in Ha Ha Tonka State Park or Lake of the Ozarks State Park. Thunder Mountain Park near Camdenton also has a nice trail, and while you’re there check out Bridal Cave where it’s always 60 degrees. Other commercial caves in the region where you can warm up in the winter include Ozark Caverns and Jacob’s Cave.

6. Go skating.

Head to Old Kinderhook west of Camdenton for central Missouri’s only outdoor ice rink. Skate rentals are available for this fun and challenging winter outdoor activity, unique for most Missouri residents. Again, bundle up and head out there for an adventure. Skate rentals are available, and The Cabana by the rink offers hot chocolate and a few flavored coffees along chili and other beverages and snacks. Mmm, we’re feel cozy just thinking about it.

7. Go Chiefs!

We’re going to be biased for just a moment here. The Chiefs are playing for the AFC Championship this weekend, and the Lake Sun newsroom is pretty excited about it — especially our sports editor, Michael Losch who hails from the KC area. So more than one of us will be doing the tomahawk chop when they face off against the New England Patriots Sunday evening. If you’re like most people, you can’t make the game in person and maybe would rather watch it indoors anyway. Lake area sports bars will be offering specials, or stay home and watch the game over a hot bowl of soup or chili. Here’s a new recipe to try.