The initial days of winter break when you have kids are usually spent gearing up for the holidays. Then, after that time comes and goes, you may be looking around wondering what’s next. You’ve done all the holiday activities, so how can you enjoy a meaningful winter break with your family after that? The following are some ideas.
If your kids are old enough to cook together with you, winter break is a wonderful time to do it. Whether you’re baking something sweet or maybe teaching your kids how to make a favorite traditional family meal, it’s an excellent way to be together. Plus, you can teach your kids essential kitchen skills.
Do Volunteer Work
Volunteering during the holidays is always greatly appreciated by various community organizations. You can volunteer in person, or if you’re more comfortable, maybe you create gift boxes or bags that you can drop off.
Even just cleaning out unused clothes, books, and toys and donating them can show your kids that it’s important to give back, and it’s something you can share this winter break.
Crafting is a good way to bond with your kids and make special memories on their holiday break. If you aren’t that crafty or don’t know where to start, you can all go on Pinterest and each pick a project that interests you. Gather the supplies, and then you’ll make each of the projects you all find.
Have a Movie Marathon
What better time than winter break, especially if it’s cold out, to have a movie marathon?
You can cuddle up as a family and watch some of your all-time favorite movies. You might want to center your picks around a theme. You could, for example, show your kids some of the best classic movies of all time or build the theme around a certain actor or actress.
Visit the Zoo
If you bundle up, visiting the zoo in the winter can be a much better experience than going in the spring or summer. There won’t be the crowds that you usually have to fight when the weather is warmer. You can get a good view of everything and take it all at your own pace.
There are probably also indoor pavilions which during the summer are too hot to enjoy but during the winter can be perfect.
Some of the animals at the zoo are more likely to be active and out and about when the temperatures are lower than they are during the lazy days of summer.
Have An At-Home Spa Day
Spa days can be expensive and out-of-budget, but you can recreate the experience at home this winter break. Go shopping someplace inexpensive for the supplies you’ll need, and then spend the day on pampering. You can do manicures and pedicures, facials, and deep conditioning treatments on your hair.
Make a Scrapbook
Many of us would like to have more mementos, but in our busy lives we don’t necessarily have time to put them together.
Use the lazy downtime of winter break to create a family scrapbook. You can print out all those family photos you haven’t done anything with and get started. You might also make a scrapbook around a certain theme, like one particular family vacation, or you can have everyone in the family make their own.
Take a Day Trip
There are different reasons you might not want to travel far over winter break. Your budget could be one reason, or maybe you want to socially distance. You can, however, get the family in the car for a day trip. Pick somewhere that none of you have been before that you can reach in a relatively short drive and explore together.
Take on a home redecorating project this winter break. For example, maybe you do the living room or one of the bedrooms. Perhaps you let all of your kids have some fun redecorating a bit.
Finally, you can always be a tourist in your own town. There are a lot of ways to do this. Plan an itinerary with something everyone in the family wants to do. You could make a bucket list for the things you want to do in your city or town in one day, or maybe you do something like a bakery or hot chocolate crawl, going to all the best local spots.
You don’t have to spend a lot of money or go far from home to make it a memorable time for your family during winter break.