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7 Fun Kids Activities to Beat the Winter Break Blues

 

Have you ever wondered what fun kids activities you can do with your children to beat the winter break blues? When your children are out of school for winter break, it is important to have a variety of activities planned to avoid hearing "I'm bored" throughout the break. Here are seven fun kids activities to beat the Winter break blues:

1. Field Trips

Kids enjoy going places, so why not use their break to take them on a variety of field trips? If you are looking for an educational outing, consider taking your children to a museum, zoological park or other hands-on exhibits where they can put their minds to work in an interesting and interactive way. Other outing ideas include pottery design studios, theatres, indoor swimming pools, and indoor fun centers with inflatable bounce houses and slides.

2. Make Homemade Gifts

Before the holidays arrive, use your child's winter break to create homemade gifts together as a family. Create a gift list and think about different items that can be made for the people on your list. Consider baking, knitting, crocheting, soap making, candle making or framing photos of your family to shower your loved ones with.

3. Bake Holiday Treats

Kids of all ages enjoy helping in the kitchen. What could be more entertaining (and tasty) than making a few batches of your favorite cookies or holiday treats? From gingerbread men to chocolate fudge, baking holiday treats with your kids is a fun way to stay busy during the winter break.

4. Participate in Community Events

Take this opportunity to discover your town. What types of events are taking place in your community? During the holiday season and especially over winter break, most communities schedule a variety of events for families in the area. In addition to events that are sponsored by your town or city, inquire about events taking place in retail locations, museums, parks and libraries. Many communities offer storytime with Santa, holiday parades, arts and crafts, and other types of holiday festivals.

5. Take a Trip

If the budget allows, schedule a weekend or week-long trip during your child's winter break. Some families escape to a local vacation spot that is close to home, while others splurge and travel further distances. By traveling during the winter months, you might be able to score a great deal on accommodations and entertainment packages. Don't forget to check the events for the area you are visiting!

6. Family Fun Nights

Incorporate family fun nights into your week and plan themes accordingly. Schedule a pajama party and movie night one evening and an indoor campout, complete with a tent inside, another night. Not only will your children look forward to these nights over their winter break, these types of memories will be cherished forever.

7. Arts and Crafts

An easy and quick way to entertain children of all ages is with arts and crafts. Keep a variety of art materials on hand that can be brought out at a moment's notice. Items can include paper, markers, paint, pens, glitter, sequins, milk jug tops, toilet paper tubes, tissue paper, wiggly eyes, feathers and glue. Let your child's imagination be the leader and see what types of things she can make.

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