Beat the Cold: Keep the Kids Active Through Winter
Whether you live in sunny California or the colder north, the winter months likely don’t exactly constitute pool season. And while extracurriculars certainly help the little ones expend some energy and stay connected, they likely don’t fill as many hours as you need to entertain for. Keep your kids active in even the coolest of climates this winter with these ideas.
1. Let Your Kids Volunteer & Pick Their Cause
This is an excellent activity for your entire family to do together that is meaningful and bonding. Demonstrate to your kids that giving is voluntary, personal and special — that it isn’t a chore. Educate them on a variety of causes and ask them kids what they feel passionately about. she says. Their answers may surprise you! Maybe they want to donate food, or some of their toys and clothes. The best way to find out the need is to ask. Check with the agencies to find out—many have wish lists on their websites.
2. Rock ‘n Roll all Winter Long
Is it just me, or is there something magical about ice skating while the flakes are falling all around you? If an outdoor rink isn’t your style, hit an indoor rink for quick access to the hot cocoa. Or, dial it retro and hit a roller skating rink with a few friends.
3. Jump, Bounce, and Climb
These do come with a price tag, but for the occasional trip on the coldest or rainiest of days, it’s well worth it. Indoor trampoline parks, bounce house parks, and climbing walls have started popping up all over – take advantage! Not only will your kids have tons of fun and get some energy out – you can, too! Check your pride at the door and let loose – these places are your license to feel like a kid again (or at least act like one!).
4. Do You Wanna Build a Snowman?
Ok – so it doesn’t exactly pour with snow in the south. The powdery white stuff does’t come around too often. But in the event that it does – or you take a winter wonderland vacay, this activity is the best! What better way to celebrate the season than by bundling up the little ones and sending them outside to play? Building snowmen and igloos looks like fun – and it is – but it also takes lots of energy, muscle, and endurance. If packing snow isn’t in the forecast, there are still plenty of options! Try snow tag for freestyle fun, pop on some snow shoes or skis, hit the sledding hill for more free fun, or let the kids loose with the summer pool toys to attempt snow castles.
5. Earn TV Credits
Sometimes, we all just need to veg… but when the sky turns grey, that vegging can quickly become a habit. Start a system for your kids to earn their TV time. One parent decided that for every minute her kids spent reading, they could have equivalent amount of TV time. So, 1 hour of reading their favorite novel = 1 hour of TV. Brilliant, right!? Or how about they earn their time by pitching in. Clean room? They get 15 minutes. Vacuum the downstairs? They get another 15 minutes. You get the idea. It’s probably not going to be their favorite idea, but it may be yours!! Your house will have never looked better; it’s a win-win! And it keeps them busy throughout the winter!