Middleton Guide to Entertaining over the Holidays

Thinking of ways to entertain over the holidays can be challenging, especially when guests are in town for multiple days. Here are some ideas!

Thinking of ways to entertain over the holidays can be challenging, especially when guests are in town for multiple days. Don’t worry; Middleton has you covered this holiday with numerous unique entertainment options. From board games and crafts for the whole family to entertainment spots, your guests will be impressed by what Middleton has to offer.

a store filled with lots of books and games.

Enjoy a New Game or Puzzle

Accomplishing a new puzzle or bonding over a classic board game is something almost anyone can get behind. Bring the fun home for the holidays with a new game or puzzle from I’M BOARD! Games & Family Fun, a game store that is home to a vast selection of entertainment items. Plus, the store has an “open gaming” area where patrons can play games and test items before purchasing.

A gingerbread house decorated with candy and decorations.

Gingerbread House Kits

This time of year, Clasen’s European Bakery transforms into a winter wonderland. Clasen’s is a must-stop spot in December, from the bakery’s child-sized gingerbread house (perfect for photos) to their assortment of homemade, seasonal baked goods and candies. Additionally, Clasen’s sells gingerbread house kits — perfect for those looking to accomplish a classic, seasonal craft. Each kit is filled with everything needed to make a magical mini holiday home, including gingerbread pieces, chocolates, colorful assorted candy and white chocolate glue — all hand-cut and hand-made by Clasen’s master bakers. The gingerbread house kits are available for store pick-up, local delivery, and nationwide shipping.

a man swinging a golf club in front of a large screen

Golf for Any Weather

We get it — sometimes you need to switch up the scenery and get out of the house, especially during long holiday breaks, X-Golf is the perfect place to do just that. Gather your friends or family and take on a round of indoor golf at X-Golf, located in Middleton’s Greenway Station shopping district. This premier indoor golf and entertainment facility offers state-of-the-art golf simulators that are fun for all ages and levels. X-Golf also provides a full food and bar menu to help fuel your game.

A girl wearing a hat.

Free Museum and Activities

You can’t let your friends or family leave town without a visit to the world’s mustard mecca — The National Mustard Museum. This quirky  — and free — museum is home to more than 6,700 jars, pots, and tubes of mustard, more than 200 of which are available for sale at the upstairs gift shop. The museum features the Mustardpiece Theatre, interactive displays and plenty of photo opportunities. All patrons can sample mustard before buying at The National Mustard Museum’s tasting bar. And if mustard isn’t your thing, the gift shop also sells other delicious food items, like barbeque sauce, chocolate toppings, jams, maple syrup, and hilarious gift items and Wisconsin-themed souvenirs.

A large indoor playground with slides and swings.

Burn off Energy at PlayN Wisconsin

If you’re a parent with young kiddos, you’ll thank us later for this suggestion. PlayN Wisconsin is the place to go when your children need to burn off a little extra energy when the weather isn’t warm enough to be at one of Middleton’s many parks. Known for being a retailer of superior outdoor play equipment, PlayN Wisconsin also offers an on-site, indoor play facility where kids and parents can test equipment before purchasing. All ages are welcome to play — including toddlers, tweens and grandparents. The play facility is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday and Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.

Children’s Art Kits and Classes

If you need an activity for the young artists in your life, check out Rock Paper Scissors art studio. Children can discover the little things that make their imaginations soar in this dreamy crafting space. The studio frequently offers in-person art classes and events, as well as the option to craft at home with their take-home art kits, which include everything from birdhouse decorating to weaving and so much more.

Modified December 19, 2023