As a parent I think we can agree we are all looking for Winter Activities for Kids that will engage our children while providing something fun for the whole family and maybe even a little educational for the kids. I can almost guarantee there are a million and one posts about sledding , ice skating or roasting marshmallows over a fire. Those things are fun and to be honest should be a part of every child’s life; not just once, but on a regular basis.
I would suggest finding things to do that go beyond the normal scope of everyday winter activities for the kids. One of the things that will help determine what to do with your kids on any given fall day is the weather. Winter brings uncertainty when it comes to the weather. You can have a beautiful, sunny day followed by a snowy day. Or if you life in the south weather might not be an issue. Here are a few ideas of things to do on different sorts of day.
Indoor Winter Activities:
On a day when the weather doesn’t agree with outdoor activities look for a museum to visit. It doesn’t really matter where you live it is almost guaranteed there will be a museum in the vicinity. The trick is finding the one that will provide entertainment for the kids. Most large cities, and even a fair share of smaller cities, have a children’s museum or a something of the sort that is geared towards children.
Outdoor Winter Activities:
If the winter weather is agreeable it can prove a great time to visit a historical site. Places like Plymouth Plantation or Jamestown can provide a wonderful interactive experience for the kids. Look for a fort to visit if the weather is nice. I was surprised to find an incredible number of forts throughout the US that are open to the public on a daily basis. Ranging from Colonial forts to World War II forts, there is a wonderful array of exciting places to visit. The best part of visiting historical sites like these is that they allow the whole family to engage history on a person, interactive level. I remember as a young kid the thrill of being able to run around old forts; climbing the battlements and pretending I was a Colonial defender. The memories have helped foster a love of history that follows me to this day.
My last suggestion would be to take in a sports game. There are some great sports taking place in the fall and winter; soccer, football, hockey, and later in the season some basketball and volleyball. If you feel inclined you can fairly easily find a team in any of the major sports. If you are like me, however, more affordable is better. In this category fits you I would suggest finding a local college team to follow. Tickets will tend to be free or very inexpensive and will allow your children to watch a competitive sporting even. If you want to find something in the middle there are many more semi-pro teams for every sport that will have tickets for under $20.
These are just a few of the things that are available for families to do in the winter. One of the best things in my opinion is to find something new to broaden the horizons of your children. The best thing to do is have fun with your kids and enjoy their enthusiasm. Cherish every moment you have with them.