Don’t let winter break slide by without making the most of the time off. If you blink, you’ll miss it, so it can help to make a schedule… Even if you’re just scheduling downtime! There are plenty of things to do with your kids for winter break, so keep reading for some of our favorite ideas.
Things to Do with Your Kids During Winter Break
Cabin fever is at an all-time high, and not just for kids! We could all use a chance to get out of the house and move our bodies, but between the weather and the pandemic, it’s hard to know what to do. Fortunately, there are ways to be active while keeping safety in mind.
- Roller skating is a perfect family-friendly fitness activity, providing both a cardio and strengthening workout. At Lanham Skate, you and your kids can burn off some energy and have a blast, all while social distancing. No matter what the weather’s like outside, the skating rink is here for you! Please remember to wear your masks and practice COVID-19 safety so we can all keep skating. You can see our skate session schedule here.
- Walking is definitely an underrated form of exercise that the whole family can do. Incorporating a daily walk into your family’s routine not only gives everyone some crucial physical activity, but also provides quality time together to talk about your days, explore your neighborhood, or just enjoy being outside in nature.
- Obstacle courses are a fun option for getting some physical activity on days when the weather isn’t cooperating. Work with your kids to create an obstacle course in the living room using couch cushions, laundry baskets, painter’s tape, towels, or even plastic cups. Just remember to keep safety first and foremost… So no climbing on furniture, playing on the stairs, etc.
Instead of letting every day of winter break turn into an unintentional couch binging session, try to limit screen time most days. That will make it even more special when you hold a “film festival” one day! Choose a theme or genre, and let your family members vote on what to watch. (Just make sure the options are appropriate for everyone who’ll be watching.)
On the day of your film festival, make sure everyone is comfy with pillows and blankets—it’s a perfect time to take the cushions off the sofa and make a big nest on the floor! Dim the lights, pop a big bowl of popcorn, and enjoy the show! You can even stop for an “intermission” every so often to allow for bathroom breaks, stretching, etc.
Front Yard Fun
The coronavirus pandemic has been very isolating for everyone, so why not head out to your front yard if you have one, and say hi to the neighbors? Hang out and play with your kids, or spread out blankets and read together. Bust out the sidewalk chalk and write a message to frontline workers thanking them for their hard work. You and your kids could even make signs or an art installation in your yard to cheer up the neighbors!