There’s no doubt that we are in the dog days of winter. Instead of letting the frigid temperatures get you down, use this time as an opportunity to spend quality time with your family. We have some suggestions for making the most of those unexpected snow days, weekends, and holiday breaks this season.
Plan a Staycation: Just because you are stuck in the house doesn’t mean you have to rely on technology to keep your kids occupied. Here are some fun things you can do at home that will make you a hero and put a smile on your kid’s faces:
- Pitch a tent in your living room, roll out the sleeping bags, and bring out the flashlights. Who says you can’t go camping indoors?
- Take out ALL of your board games and actually engage with your kids. You will be surprised at how much fun the classic games can be – think Clue, Parcheesi, Uno, and Monopoly.
- Roll up your sleeves and make some slime. Yes, it’s messy but the kids LOVE it.
Get Cooking: Do your kids love watching Chopped Jr.? Why not have your own fun in the kitchen? MiniMunchers has some great family-friendly recipes. Have your kids try their hands at a Mini Princess cake?
Here is a recipe to make Snow Ice Cream:
Blend ½ cup whole milk or half and half, ¼ cup sugar and ½ tsp. of vanilla together until the sugar dissolves.
Head outside and grab 4 cups of snow; mix with your base and stir until you get the same consistency of ice cream. Add toppings or chocolate syrup to make a Snow Sundae!
Explore your local area: Without going far, you will be a rock star with your kids when you find the hottest spots and new openings in your hood. Website and e-newsletter BergenMama is a great resource for everything that is hip and hot in North Jersey and even NYC. Subscribe for FREE and you will get updated twice weekly on everything you need to know.
Read: Challenge a few other families to a read–a–thon. The family that reads the most books in 30 days gets treated to a group pizza party. Or, start a family book club. Some good family-friendly books that make for great discussions include A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron, The Honest Truth by Dan Gemeinhart, and When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead. Visit your local library! If you haven’t been in a while, spoiler alert: you can check out books FOR FREE.