Monday, October 1, 2012

Beat Those Winter Time Blues

My children and I often find ourselves in search of rainy day activities. However with the cooler temperatures slowly starting to roll in across the country a lot of families will find themselves left with the winter blues – and children begging for a break from staring at their own four walls.  Those chilly temps don’t need to mean staying huddled indoors; here are five fun ways to keep the kids entertained (indoors and out) this winter.

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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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Pam said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I hate being outside if the temperature is below 70 too. Your youngest son and I would get along great.

Samantha said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

i don't mind as long as it is not snowing or sleeting...

dailymom said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I'd bring my camera to get pictures of all the amazing things I would see

Carolyn Colley said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

As long as I don't have to get out in the snow, etc., I do ok, but I don't really like cold weather, would rather have the sun shinning

Pinky Platz said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

LOL, wouldn't we look silly building a barn fire without a barn. Thanks for the great tips!

Closer to Lucy said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

So you've got the kid's blues, what about this winter nasty loathing mama? How does she dump the blues?

Did I mention, she doesn't do cold, snow, wet, or wind? Not even a little. Slopes are best enjoyed in a lodge, in front of a fire, while sipping a big mug of hot chocolate :)

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