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Winter Break: Cure That Cabin Fever

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Whether your kids are restless waiting for the holidays to arrive or after the thrill of opening presents is over, remedy the boredom with this list of activities for at home and away.

Movies – Just because it’s a kid’s movie doesn’t mean it won’t be appreciated by the entire family. The children will be entertained, and you can have some relaxing quiet time.

Bowling – A little friendly family competition at the local bowling alley is something different to do on a cold winter day. For younger children, ask the bowling alley to put up bumpers to avoid gutter balls.

Library– Keep the gears in those young minds moving by visiting the library. Check the calendar for events like story time, or bring the books home to read together. With thousands of books to choose from, there is something to be found for all ages. Not to be forgotten, it’s free!

Museum/ aquarium – Museums and aquariums are an all-day affair that can be enjoyed by all. Chances are, if you are in or near a city, there is a museum or aquarium nearby. Live performances, IMAX movies, and lectures are just a few of the many activities part of the daily schedule and have multiple showings all day.

Sporting event – Everyone loves a live professional sporting event. Support your favorite teams with a family jaunt to the stadium and take in all the action.

Arcade –A few dollars’ worth of quarters or a reloadable game card can allow a child to play video games for hours. Visiting the arcade is a great way to pass the time on a boring afternoon. Parents can participate too!

Ice skating – Whether its outdoors or inside at a local skating rink, ice skating can be fun for all and a good laugh as everyone tries to stay balanced.

Look at the lights – Hop in the car and take a drive around your community to admire the decorations. Check your town newsletter for places such as botanical gardens that have spectacular set ups. Have your kids judge each house on a scale of 1 to 10 and pick their favorites at the end.

Go to the park or on a hike – It’s nice to venture outdoors even if you stay close to home. Bundle up if it’s cold or snowy and delight in the winter wonderland. Have a contest to see who can swing the highest or slide down the slide the fastest.

You don’t have to spend a lot of money or even leave the neighborhood to be entertained. For staying home, try these:

  • Build a gingerbread house
  • Make a pillow fort
  • Invite friends over for a slumber party
  • Bake a cake or cookies
  • Play tag or hide and seek
  • Have a tournament with board games
  • Make a town and road on the driveway with sidewalk chalk
  • Cut out paper snowflakes
  • Puzzles and coloring books
  • Do a scavenger hunt in the dark with a flashlight
  • Make a scrapbook of family photos
  • Make s’mores
  • Have a snowball fight (this also works with balls of paper if there isn’t any snow)
  • Have a movie day with popcorn and candy
  • Have an ice cream party with multiple choices for toppings
  • Play charades
  • Paint a watercolor snowman
  • Make homemade pizza
  • Make puppets with brown paper bags
  • Go sledding (this can still be done without snow, use a boogie board on a grassy hill)

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About the Author:Catherine Wardach