21 Aug 2014
64° Mostly Cloudy
Patch Instagram photo by legallyblonde27
Patch Instagram photo by legallyblonde27
Patch Instagram photo by ermyceap
Patch Instagram photo by taratesimu
Patch Instagram photo by taratesimu
Patch Instagram photo by lilyava299
Patch Instagram photo by _mollfairhurst
Patch Instagram photo by thecontemporaryhannah
Patch Instagram photo by lucyketch

10 Things to Do With the Kids Over Holiday Break

Got bored kids? Here are some ideas to help keep your kids happy over winter break.

10 Things to Do With the Kids Over Holiday Break

Here are 10 fun ways to keep kids from toddlers to teens entertained and off screens during the upcoming holiday break.

  • Day trip adventure: Meagan Buckmaster-Ross of Duvall is an art teacher and author of the parenting blog An Adventure Every Day. Buckmaster-Ross, who has four kids between the ages of seven and 17, says your adventures can take you outdoors to local parks or indoors to a museum or other kid-friendly attractions. Either way, you should pack your car with the essentials for the day. This includes food and beverages, mittens and hats, and extra tops and pants in case kids get muddy or wet. She also carries clipboards, paper, markers, color pencils, crayons and an assortment of fruit suckers to pass out occasionally as treats. Throughout the holiday season, the Bellevue Magic Season features many local events that are fun and low-cost, including ice skating in Downtown Park, the free Snowflake Lane show nightly near Bellevue Square, and Garden D'Lights at the Bellevue Botanical Garden.
  • Art: You can create an art kit for your kids with just a shoebox filled with colored pencils, crayons, pens, scissors, tape, a glue stick and a small sketchpad available at Ben Franklin Crafts and Frames. Tweens and teens will find inspiration to start drawing, doodling and journaling from books such as Carla Sonheim’s Drawing Lab for Mixed Media Artists: 52 Creative Exercises to Make Drawing Fun, The Art of Silliness: A Creativity Book for Everyone and Drawing and Painting Imaginary Animals: A Mixed-Media Workshop with Carla Sonheim. Other examples are Dawn DeVries Sokol’s books Doodle Diary: Art Journalizing for Girls, Art Doodle Love: A Journal of Self-Discovery and Doodle Sketchbook: Art Journaling for Boys. Also worth checking out is Journal Bliss: Creative Prompts to Unleash Your Inner Eccentric by Violette. All of these are available on Amazon.com.
  • Indoor fort-building with paper snowball fights: Natalie Kryger, a Snoqualmie mom of four boys under age 15, encourages parents to not overbook kids with activities over the break. “Boredom is often the mother of invention. Make a fort in the living room with blankets and have an indoor snowball fight with wadded up wrapping paper from Christmas.”
  • Pizza and movie party: Kryger suggests creating “your own pizza party with a personal-size pizza dough ball" (available from Trader Joe's, Whole Foods and PCC). "Have them choose toppings from a selection on the table, bake and let them settle in with a favorite movie."
  • Go outside and play: Winter is a great time to get outside and play, especially if you have snow. Try a new activity such as ice skating, cross-country skiing or snowshoeing together as a family. Rent equipment at REI and try out snowshoeing, skiing or tubing at Snoqualmie Pass.
  • Play with paper: The traditional Japanese art of origami offers hours of fun and enhances your child’s spatial skills. Tom Angleberger’s Star Wars-themed origami books including The Secret of the Fortune Wookiee, The Strange Case of Origami Yoda and Darth Paper Strikes Back offer both reading and origami fun. All are available on Amazon.com.
  • Pool party: Going swimming is a special treat in the cold months of winter. Head to the Redmond Pool at Hartman Park or take a quick getaway down to Olympia and stay overnight at the Great Wolf Lodge.
  • Puppet show: Attach a clothesline or rope across a doorway. Throw a sheet over it for a curtain and use a box below on the floor for the stage. Give kids paper bags and crayons for easy DIY puppets. Break out the socks and gloves, yarn, foam, puff balls, glue gun and googly eyes from Ben Franklin for fancier versions. Miyako Kanamori's Sock and Glove: Creating Charming Softy Friends from Cast-Off Socks and Gloves is a great resource, also available from Amazon.
  • Break out the board games: Younger kids will love playing games such as Apples to Apples with you, and older kids will enjoy classic board games like Scrabble and Monopoly. If you don't have any board games, you’ll find them on sale—and often in great condition—after the holidays at Value Village or Goodwill.
  • Bake: My mother bakes cookies with my son and daughter every year during the holiday break, teaching them how to make the cookies her Lithuanian mother made for her as a child. You can bake at home with your kids, have grandparents deal with the mess at their house, or bring your kids to a cooking class for children at PCC.

What do you plan to do with your kids during winter break? Share in the comments section below. 

Share This Article