Christmas is over….now what? If you’re anything like me, you want to make the most of the winter break. We cram in all of our plans before Christmas – shopping, cooking, wrapping gifts, preparing for out-of-town guests, and visiting with family and friends. By December 26th, I’m spent. At this point, I think everyone should spend the entire day in pajamas and do nothing but watch movies, read, and doze off. But it’s only a matter of time before I hear the dreaded words: “I’m bored!”
Thus we’ve come up with 4 activities to keep the kids entertained (and you as sane as possible) this winter break.
It is important for everyone, especially kids, to engage in daily physical activities during the winter break. If the weather is warm enough, you can partake in outdoor activities such as bike riding and taking nature walks to help children get the physical exercise they need. If snow makes it your way, build a snowman, go cross-country skiing, go sledding, or have a snowball fight.
2) Museum/Factory Tour
Sometimes it’s nice to get of the house for a fun activity. Children’s museums are entertaining for young kids and usually offer playful, interactive learning experiences. Another great way to keep the family entertained is by taking a factory tour. Factory tours give you a behind-the-scenes glimpse and an opportunity to see the assembly lines.
- The Treasury’s Bureau of Engraving and Printing in Washington, D.C. or Fort Worth, TX will teach you all about US paper currency and even let you see millions of dollars being printed as you tour the facility.
- If you’re in the greater Ohio area, you can visit the Airstream factory in the city of Jackson Center to see how the trailers are manufactured.
These are just a few of the options of the many factories offering family-friendly tours.
3) Arts and Crafts
If the weather proves to be too cold to brave for physical exercise or other outings, there are plenty of indoor activities to keep the children entertained and engaged. It’s highly likely that you took countless pictures over Christmas. Why not let the children put together a collage or a scrapbook of your family’s most recent Christmas? It’s a great way to get the kids creative juices flowing. Creating a collage or scrapbooking also stimulates a child’s mind and the cutting, pasting, and drawing encourages the development of fine motor skills.
4) Farmers Market
Although the warm weather isn’t here yet, you can still take advantage of fresh produce from your local farmers market. You can pick up locally grown fresh fruit, veggies, jams, and baked goods that are in season. My favorite activity at the farmers market is to sample all the yummy treats. It can be educational by talking to the growers about where their items were grown and what the ideal growing conditions are.
There is no reason to feel bored at this time of year, so I hope you and your children make this time off memorable.
What are you looking forward to doing the last half of winter break?