February vacation starts today for us New Englanders! I love living in New England, but I will say that the weather this time of year is pretty terrible making me want to hibernate all week long. However, having children does not always allow peaceful hibernation especially when the weather hinders going outside and playing.
I have been trying to limit the time Hayden spends in front of a screen so I started to think of what activities I could come up with to entertain the tiny humans without going absolutely crazy myself. So here are 12 fun things to do with kids during winter. Even better, these ideas are screen free activities.
Living in New England means we get lots of snow. Sledding or tubing is always a good time. The worst part though is climbing back up to the top of the hill. That is why I enjoy places that drag you back up to the top. I am sure this is probably at the top of the list when you think about what to do with kids in winter.
Build a Snowman
Again, perk of living in New England. This only works with really fresh snow though. Old, icy snow won’t work as well. Afterwards make hot chocolate.
Head to the store and pick up ingredients to make cupcakes or cookies from scratch and have your children help you make them.
Check out your local library
Many local libraries have activities they put on during school vacation week. Many of these activities are free.
If you live in an area where they have the ice castles go and check them out. They are so cool and the kids love them! Find out if there is one near you Icecastles.com. We are heading to the one in New Hampshire on Friday and I will be sharing all about our little trip afterwards!
Ice skating can be so much fun and with rinks popping up all over my little state that also lets you rent skates it is easier then ever to go.
Explore areas that are not frequently explored in the winter
Living in a seasonal state means that many popular areas to go are busy in the summer and fall. We recently took small trips to visit these areas close to us. It was nice to see them when they weren’t packed with tourists and Hayden could explore freely.
A pretty inexpensive activity for kids that will keep them busy for several hours.
Who doesn’t love a trampoline park?! Perfect way for kids to get some energy out when it is too cold to go outside and play.
Put together a puzzle
If you purchase the right puzzle, this could burn a couple of hours each day while on vacation. My son loves putting puzzles together and especially loves it when I jump in and help him.
Make Ice Cream
Using snow you can actually make ice cream. Check out this recipe HERE. Just make sure you are using clean snow.
All kids love slime even if as parents, we don’t. Here is a recipe for Fluffy slime to make with your kids! Grab some cheap Tupperware containers to store it in when done.
Tell me your favorite activities to do with your kids that don’t involve any screen time. I would love to add more ideas to our winter activity reserve!