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1. It’s been a snowy winter and making snowman outback just isn’t cutting it any more. Well many towns often have the go-to spot for some fun in a sleigh. Bundle up the kids, dust off the sleds and head to the hills. Sleigh riding is always hit and can be just as much for Mom & Dad. What makes this one of my favorite activities, is that the kids not only our getting out and getting some exercise, but often interacting with other kids their ages whom are enjoying a fun day with their own families.
2. Let’s face it, sometimes the cold weather and kids just don’t mix. My youngest son hates being outside if the temperatures are below 70, it doesn’t matter how fun the activity. Being warm is his number one priority. For him we rely on an old fall back Vue Cinemas. Cinemas not only get the family out and away from their everyday surroundings for some tasty snacks and good flick, but, they usually also have a small arcade perfect for letting the kids burn off some extra energy. Believe me, with a family of six I know the movies can be a pricey activity. A quick Internet search, will often lead to finding theaters with tickets discounted as low as $1.00 in some case.
3. Video Games can be a life saver. Parents usually differ over their opinions of video games, but technology sure has come a long way and has made room for plenty of exceptions to be made. The Wii, PS3 and Xbox all now feature games and accessories that don’t leave your child sitting on the floor with their eyes glues to a screen. With motion-control gaming, gameplay is enhanced by your own body's movements and will get the entire family up and off the couch for a really great time! With the colder temps, we are certainly not as active as we are in the summer. Anything that gets the kids up and moving, is always OK with this Mom.
4. Get crafty! I could go on for days about all the great craft projects you and your children can get involved in to beat the boredom. One of my favorites for the winter is snow paint. Fun, cheap and creative! Just add some food coloring and water to a spray bottle and let the snow be your child’s canvas.
5. The grills are all covered up and maybe even nestled away in the garage. That’s OK; there is still fun to be had in a more traditional way. Have fun collecting sticks and logs and build a cozy barn fire, breakout the marshmallows, chocolates and gram crackers to create some lasting winter memories.
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