It's January. The weather is cold in Rockford. The newness of the kiddo's Christmas toys has run out, and stir craziness is settling in. What's a parent to do? Simple; check out some of these fun events in Rockford to help keep the crazy at bay.

Just because it's winter and outdoor fun opportunities are far fewer, that doesn't mean there isn't a bunch of fun to be had in Rockford!

Family fun is everywhere in the Stateline if you take the time to look. You can go tubing or snowboarding at the Snow Park at Alpine Hills, enjoy some ice time during a public skate at Carlson Ice Arena or Riverview Ice House, or go snowmobiling, snow shoeing or cross country skiing in many of this region's fabulous parks. You also don't want to forget about Rockford IceHogs games at the BMO, or the annual Illinois Snow Sculpting Competition that begins January 18 at Sinnissippi Park.

If outdoor winter fun isn't really your bag though, here's a few more indoor events to have some fun at this January in Rockford:

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    Royal Winter Ball 2017

    A Royal Ball is happening at Orchard Ridge Farms/The Pavillion in Rockton on Sunday, January 15 from 4 to 8 p.m.  It will be an enchanted evening every Beauty and the Beast fan will LOVE complete with elegant food, performances by your favorite Beauty and the Beast characters, dancing, roses everywhere, and much more! Tickets and more information are available here.

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    Anansi - A Children's Ballet

    Rockford Dance Company is presenting a new children's ballet called Anansi at the Nordlof Center on N Main in Rockford on Friday, January 27 and Saturday, January 28. A high energy performance perfect for all ages, even preschool aged kids, where dancing in the aisles is encouraged! Show times and tickets available here.

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    Star Wars: Rogue 1.5

    Take your family on a Star Wars related expedition at the Discovery Center Museum on Sunday, January 29 from 1 to 4 p.m. Help find clues about plans for the Death Star, track down Princess Leia, fight the storm troopers to help defeat the Evil Empire and much more. Event is included with museum admission price. Get more info here.

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