Go fly a kite! Seriously, get out there and celebrate International Kite Day.
Did you make a New Year’s resolution to visit some of our fine local museums? You can start today at the Kenosha History Center, 220 51st Place, which is hosting “All American: Kenosha Style.” The exhibit features six Kenosha-made automobiles with red, white and blue color schemes. The History Center is open 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays. Admission is free.
Here’s a sweet way to spend a Tuesday in January: The Jelly Belly Candy Co. in Pleasant Prairie (off of Highway 31 just north of Highway 165) offers free interactive tours from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. The free tours include a 25-minute train ride through the Jelly Belly warehouse for a behind-the-scenes look at how the company makes its famous jelly beans. The tour features interactive exhibits, including “smell stations,” virtual games and one-of-a-kind mosaics. Free samples are offered at the end of the tour. For more information, visit www.jellybelly.com.
Head to the Brookfield Zoo near Chicago, which offers free general admission on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays through Feb. 29. (Parking is still $14.) Also, the zoo offers free admission every day to all active, reservist and retired members of the military. While you’re visiting the zoo, check out the skating rink, which is made not from ice but from a synthetic material known as Glice. Skating is $7; skate rentals are $5. For more information about the zoo and special events, visit www.czs.org or call 708-688-8000.
Closer to home, get some outdoor exercise (and maybe try out those new skates Santa brought you!) at the city of Kenosha’s ice skating rink in Veterans Memorial Park outside City Hall, at 52nd Street and the harbor. It’s open 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, weather permitting. Skating is free. You can also check out free skates at the Skate Hut, which is open 4 to 9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, noon to 9 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m to 9 p.m. Saturday and noon to 7:30 p.m. Sunday.