There are a lot of fun things families can do that everyone will enjoy. Many don’t cost much. All of them will help open a child’s imagination and free them to create. Creative kids are better at adapting to changing situations than kids. Kids who read books are better at comprehending material later on. Kids who like science are usually better in math. Kids who like to learn about animals will treat them better when they get older. Kids who like music learn how to relax easier than the others.
• An afternoon movie with treats.
• A children’s theater or family rated theatre performance.
• Music in the park with a picnic.
• Science and discovery museums
• Color your own pottery places
• Game places
• State parks and nature reserves
• The library
• Go to a professional sports game
If you live in the Northeast, you have more snow than you know what to do with.
• Make a snow family complete with snow dog or cat
• Make snow angels
• Make snow cones with fruit juice and soda
• Have a family shovel the walk hour. Come inside for cocoa.
• Footprint tag. You have to find everyone’s footprint in the snow.
Snow Days Off From School
I grew up in the Northeast and I barely got any snow days off. Every other school district was off and mine was not. How could that be fair? On those days when I did hear the name of my school being called, I was filled with happiness. Today, parents already know what to do to keep kids entertained and busy so they go crazy. But here are some old-fashioned ideas to think about.
- Stay in your pajamas all day.
- Watch favorite movies under the covers with some hot chocolate.
- Build a fort from couch and chair cushions and empty boxes.
- Better yet, pull out sleeping bags and go camping in the living room.
- Use sheets and make a giant tent in one room, Bring pillows and take a nap or read a book.
- Let the kids choose dinner and have them help you make it.
- Put creativity to work and ask everyone what they want to do. Make a calendar and let each person pick a day or week for the activity they chose.
Put creativity on everyone’s mind and fun will start happening. When families are close, there are fewer chances for depressed kids and fewer chances for trouble. Have fun!