Though the temperatures may have dropped, don’t let ole Jack Frost get the better of you!
There are lots of fun indoor activities that let you take a vacation from winter, experience what Wilmington and the Brandywine Valley have to offer and beat that cabin fever. Art exhibits, show-stopping performances, museums and more await ….
Beautiful Art on Display…
The Delaware Art Museum is best known for its large collection of British Pre-Raphaelite art, illustrations by Wilmington native Howard Pyle, and urban landscapes by John Sloan and his circle. The historic museum continues to bring art to the community with family and youth programs, adult programs and its series of performances.
The Delaware Contemporary is a dynamic attraction where art, design and technology intersect, inspiring creativity in daily lives. The Contemporary is a non-collecting museum, allowing for a great variety of exhibitions from local, national and international artists. Arts education initiatives, school partnerships, youth summer camps, and classes for artists and non-artists alike also play a huge part in connecting art to the local community.
The Brandywine River Museum of Art, best known for its holdings of the Wyeth family of artists, features galleries dedicated to the work of N.C., Andrew and Jamie. The museum’s outstanding collection of American art is housed in a 19th-century mill with a dramatic steel and glass addition overlooking the banks of the Brandywine River.
More Incredible Museums
The great tradition of dinner theater finds a contemporary home inside the big red playhouse of Ardentown, Delaware. The Candlelight Theatre produces five mainstage musicals every year, from classics that have entertained audiences for decades to new shows that only recently exited the Great White Way. Dinner comes with the price of the ticket, cast and crew take on double duty as the wait staff, and there's a full-service cash bar at every performance.
Bootless Stageworks, an award-winning professional adult contemporary theater, provides high-quality theatrical performances. Governed and managed entirely by devoted volunteers, Bootless is a unique, small professional (non-equity) theater company employing emerging theater artists and designers from throughout the Delaware Valley.
For more than 140 years, The Grand Opera House has been entertaining and engaging audiences throughout Wilmington, Delaware, and the greater Brandywine Valley with live entertainment, exceptional performances and educational outreach. In 2015, The Opera House assumed operation of The Playhouse on Rodney Square (formerly the DuPont Theatre), adding Broadway to the roster. With more than 120 performances a year, there is a show to please every taste.
The Delaware Children’s Museum is the area’s first and only kid-centric museum sparking creativity and imagination while teaching math, science and technology through hands-on exhibits. Located along Wilmington’s Riverfront, the museum’s mission is to create a safe and enriching place where kids and families can share, inspire and see new possibilities unfold.
The Delaware Museum of Natural History welcomes visitors to explore nature and science, discovering far away jungles and seas as well as the Delmarva habitats found near our own backyard. In addition to several special exhibits on national tour each year, permanent collections include dinosaurs, birds, mammals, and shells. The interactive Nature Nook features live animals and outdoor areas including a meadow, pollinator garden and wooded trail. While journeying through the museum be on the look out for Dude and Buddy, two museum cats that love their jobs at the museum!
The 76ers Fieldhouse, located just across Wilmington’s Riverfront, is a 2,500 seat multi-purpose arena and sports complex. It is the official home of the Delaware Blue Coats, the NBA G League Affiliate of the Philadelphia 76ers.
Main Event in Newark is the place to go when you want to let your fun out with family and friends. With state-of-the-art bowling, multi-level laser tag, more than 100 games, handcrafted food, and a full bar under one roof, Main Event is THE destination for FUN.
Don’t let Jack Frost spoil the fun this winter! Make plans today to enjoy the amazing array of indoor activities and events on offer in Wilmington and the Brandywine Valley. Be sure to check our event calendar for the full list of things to do this season – here.