August 21, 2017

Winter Break Series: 9 Ways to Keep Your Kids Busy

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Little Girl Ice SkatingIt may feel like your kids have already been home for days (they have), but there’s still another week to go. If you’re already hunting for ways to keep the boredom and bickering to a minimum, take a look at these nine ways to keep your kids busy for the duration of the winter break. 

Head to the Movies. There are a bunch of kid-friendly movies in theatres now, including Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked, We Bought a Zoo and The Adventures of Tintin. This will get you and your crew out of the house for a few hours, and you’ll even save a few bucks by hitting a matinee.

Strap on Your Ice Skates. It’s the perfect time of year for ice skating, and you should have plenty of options for both indoor and outdoor skating rinks. It’s a fun way to spend a couple of hours, and you and the kids will get some good exercise too.

Get Cultured: Spend a couple of hours exploring your nearest art gallery or history museum. It’s a great way to keep learning while on holiday break. Before you go, check out my recent post for five ways to make a trip to the museum more fun.

Go on a Zoo-fari: There may be a chill in the air, but most zoos are still open this time of year. So bundle up, hop in the car and go on a zoo safari in your own towm. Plus, don’t forget about ZooLights in the evenings.

Have a Movie Marathon: Pop some popcorn, bring out your kids’ favorite snacks and get some warm snuggly blankets. Host a movie marathon in the family room, either choosing a movie theme (e.g., Harry Potter series) or have each child pick their favorite movie to watch during the marathon.

Break Out Your Swimsuit: If you’re willing to put on a swimsuit this time of year, then head to a local indoor waterpark (even an indoor pool without slides or fountains would suffice). This will definitely keep your kids occupied for a few hours, and will tire them out too.

Get Crafty: Don’t want to head out, but the kids are bored and complaining? Take a look at these fun snow-themed crafts and activities, like a Snow Journal and Bead Snowflakes. If you still have a Christmas tree up in your family room, it’s not too late to make homemade holiday ornaments. 

Bounce it Out at a Bounce House: Bounce Houses have popped up around every corner, and it’s a great way for your kids to release their energy for an hour or two. Bring them home tired and hope for a long winter’s nap.

Write Thank You Notes: Okay, so writing thank you notes probably isn’t the most fun activity for kids, but now is the perfect time to get them done before they head back to school, homework and afterschool activities.

Do you have any other great ways to keep your kids busy during winter break? I’d love to hear what you like to do with your kids during the holiday vacation.

Comments

  1. Duncan Faber says:

    We have 5 kids and the secret to keep them busy is audiobooks. We make sure their ipods are always loaded with them. There’s lots of great sites out there, but we use this one a lot because all the stories are original and free. This is the link if anyone is interested. http://www.twirlygirlshop.com/stories-for-kids

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