Winter break equals a full house and a lot of energy to burn. Kids are excited to be out of school and anxiously awaiting Santa Claus’ visit, so naturally after the all the excitement around Christmas it can be hard to keep the kids entertained. Check out these fun family activities for winter break and make the best out of family time this season.
Breakfast for Dinner
Shake things up by having the most important meal of the day for dinner! Pancakes, waffles, eggs, bacon — choose one, choose them all. You can also try out one of these cute pancake designs to keep the holiday spirit alive!
Flashlight Scavenger Hunt
Scavenger hunts are fun as they are, but you can make them extra exciting with this twist! Hide small objects around the house and send the kids on a quest — with the lights off. Give each kid a flashlight (and maybe some clues) and let the fun begin!
Blanket Fort Movie Marathon
Have the kids watch their favorite classics in the most fun and cozy way possible — blanket fort. Get the sleeping bags, comforters, pillows and pretty much anything comfy in the linen closet out and be creative! Of course a movie marathon is not a movie marathon without the treats, so popcorn and S’mores (in the spirit of indoor camping) are a must.
Kids, adults, teenagers — everyone can have fun playing charades. Pick a theme (movies, songs, actions, etc.) that everyone in the room could do, split into two groups and get into (friendly) competition mode.
Toy & Book Donation
Most likely during Christmas the kids’ toy and book department gained a few new additions. So why not de-clutter a little bit while providing for others that may need it more? Recruit the kids’ help to sort out the donations and go with you to a local donation center or thrift store.
Lip Sync Battle
Bring out the artist inside of you with this fun activity! Each person picks a song (or multiple) to perform in front of the group. Tell the kids to be creative, find props and dress up for the performance to make it more fun. You can also record it all and share with other relatives or close friends to vote for the best performance.
Visit the Museum
Nowadays museums are getting more and more interactive, especially to cater to the curious young minds. There are usually special winter break events going on at the museums, so check them out when planning your visit! A few of the local favorites are the Discovery Gateway, The Leonardo, Natural History Museum of Utah, Church History Museum and the Museum of Natural Curiosity.
Every year growing up during the break, I would learn something crafty and new — jewelry, decoupage, knitting, cross-stitching, crochet —you name it. It was so fun learning from my grandma, or sometimes we would even all go to an art class together. Be Pinterest-inspired and find age-appropriate crafts to do this winter break with the kids!
Play in the Snow
Embrace the best the season can offer and play outside! Try sledding, tubing, snowshoeing, freeze tag, tic tac snow, and so many more activities to do in the snow that won’t break the bank.
Write Letters to Soldiers
Combine the kids’ exceptional crafting skills with a purpose by writing letter to soldiers in active duty. Organizations such as Operation Gratitude put together care packages and love adding meaningful thank you notes to the troops.
Make the most out of the season by engaging the kids in these fun family activities for winter break! But remember that it’s also important to spend some quality time with your partner as well, so check out these 12 Holiday Date Ideas.