The Times photo by Betsy Reason
Ice skating at Federal Hill Ice Plaza in Noblesville was one of the ways locals spent their time during Noblesville Schools’ two-week winter break. The ice plaza is now closed for the season.
The Times photo by Betsy Reason Ice skating at Federal Hill Ice Plaza in Noblesville was one of the ways locals spent their time during Noblesville Schools’ two-week winter break. The ice plaza is now closed for the season.

I can say we’re well rested after a two-week winter break.

We didn’t leave Indiana, but we found ways to spend our days in and around Hamilton County and the state.

If any of you read my winter break “things to do” column, you might recall my 12-year-old daughter’s Top 10 requests for spending time on winter break.

No. 1 was ice skating at Federal Hill Ice Plaza in Noblesville. I did enjoy watching her bring a courageous friend who “enjoyed” her first time on the ice on a busy Sunday afternoon.

No. 2 was seeing “The Grinch” at the movie theater, which we did as a family at Regal Noblesville Stadium 10, formerly Great Escape theater behind the Lowe’s Home Improvement. The seating there is very comfortable with all guests having comfy recliners; plus you can reserve your seats in advance.

No. 3 was wishing for “snow so we can go sledding and tubing.” Didn’t happen due to unseasonably warm temperatures. But I will revisit that wish at the end of this column.

Of my daughter’s 10 requests, she had the opportunity to do about half of them, including riding down the Yule Slide at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis and making gingerbread cookies from scratch.

We did do a lot of other fulfilling activities, which my daughter enjoyed.

She learned how to make a holiday floral arrangement with Stephen Craig, owner of Adriene’s Flowers & Gifts in downtown Noblesville. Three days before Christmas, she took home a beautiful cardinal ornament container with an array of live flowers and greenery, which still looks great.

She devoured cookie-dough ice cream at Alexander’s on the Square and sipped kid-temp vanilla hot chocolate at Noble Coffee & Tea in downtown Noblesville. She also made sugar cookies at a friend’s house and jumped for an hour at Sky Zone Trampoline Park in Fishers.

We visited T&T Sales and Promotions, the Noblesville company that offers the Miller Mall with Noblesville Schools swag. Laurie Dyer and her brother Scott Fihma operate the company, which has an awesome Miller swag store inside.

While I love to promote our county, one of our most inspirational and educational days was taking a road west to Terre Haute, where my daughter met 84-year-old Holocaust survivor Eva Mozes Kor, who has a museum there and speaks to visitors on a posted schedule. I had met and written about Kor, a survivor of Nazi death camps, nine years ago as a journalist for The Indianapolis Star and before that as a journalist for The Noblesville Ledger. But I wanted to make sure that my daughter had the chance to meet and hear Kor’s story firsthand about being subjected, along with her twin sister, to human experimentation at the Auschwitz concentration camp during World War II. The four-hour round-trip drive was well worth the time. We got to hear Kor tell her very-detailed story, as if it were yesterday, and then she had a question-and-answer time and posed for photos with guests. Kor, an inspirational woman who in 2017 received the Sachem Award, Indiana’s highest honor, was the 2017 grand marshal of the 61st 500 Festival Parade, where we watched her ride down the middle of the street, waving to fans, in a golf cart after the antique car she was riding in had engine trouble. While she couldn’t recall our 2010 interview, which she said was among hundreds of interviews a year, it was so nice to be able to see her face-to-face and hear her inspirational story again.

Maybe my daughter’s social studies teacher will ask students to share memorable activities they did over winter break relating to history. 
Yes, students at Noblesville Schools went back to school this week after winter break.

Making up for an inclement weather day in November, Monday, originally a flex day, became an eLearning day, which meant that students stayed home and completed work electronically assigned by their teachers via their school Canvas page. (Canvas is a cloud-based learning management system that connects teachers and students digitally in one place.)

Seventh-grade basketball practice resumed Monday evening, although there were a couple of practices over winter break.

Tuesday was the first day back at school, reminding me to replenish our school-lunch account. This week, there are show-choir rehearsals starting up again after school, plus our girls basketball team plays Carmel Middle School on Thursday. Show choir photos and athletic team photos are also being taken this week after school.

While the weather was unseasonably warm during winter break, cold weather came in early Wednesday morning, beginning with a windy and brisk Tuesday, which meant the return of winter coats and hats. High temperatures this week will be in the 30s, with lows in the teens, but will feel like single digits with the windchill, according to the National Weather Service.

Also, if you’ve been watching the weather, you know that Central Indiana is expected to receive up to four inches of snow Friday night into Saturday, with Noblesville expected to get 3 inches.

That brings me to the next fun activity for families. The No. 3 wish on my daughter’s list, may come true. 

Hamilton County Parks is in “full snow-making mode” at Koteewi Run, central Indiana’s only specialized snow-tubing hill.

“We started at 2 a.m. this morning (Wednesday) and will be making snow around the clock through mid-day Friday,” said Brian Cooley, president of Koteewi Run Seasonal Slopes at Strawtown Koteewi Park. ”We anticipate making snow 14 of the next 15 days based on the current forecast.”

He’s uncertain which day Koteewi Run will open and hopes to make that announcement late today (Thursday).

-Contact Betsy Reason at betsy@thetimes24-7.com. Read more about Koteewi Run Seasonal Slopes and what it takes to make all of that snow in an upcoming edition of The Times.