This holiday season, it can be hard not to feel bored and restless while cooped up in the house. But even if you don’t have travel plans, there’s plenty you can do to make your holidays just as memorable. And, when (and if) the weather gives you a break, you can venture outdoors for activities or day trips that will excite the whole family—especially if everyone is involved in the planning.
If you’re staying home…
- Try a new recipe. Whether it’s a whole meal or just a holiday treat, take the opportunity to bond in the kitchen by cooking together as a family. Check out MomsMenu.com for some great ideas.
- Plan and have a holiday party. This can be for friends, family, or both. Choose a date, and get the kids involved in making invitations and decorations. A party will be a fun (and convenient) way to see loved ones who will also be staying close to home this holiday season. iVillage has some great ideas for those on a budget.
Relax and watch a movie. While this may not seem like a memorable activity, sometimes we get so busy during the holidays that carving out relaxation time is exactly what everyone needs. It’s important to just be able to enjoy each other’s company. Check out MSN’s 13 favorite holiday movies for ideas that the whole family will enjoy.
If you’re itching to get out of the house…
- Have cold weather in your local area? Round up the kids to go snowshoeing, sledding, or have a snowman building contest. Or, get in the car and go to a local ski hill (if you aren’t skiers, be adventurous and take a lesson together)!
- Have warm weather where you live? Get outside with the family and check your local trails for hiking. Your local sporting goods stores, such as EMS, are great resources for hiking and camping information.
- Try visiting a museum! It’s a great family activity. Some parents are hesitant about taking kids to a museum, but there are so many options now for kid-friendly programs that this shouldn’t be a concern. If you don’t have a museum nearby that caters to families with young children, you can still bring your little ones. Kids love visual art. If they’re young, just visit the museum for 30 minutes—take a stroll through one gallery. Point out colors and recognizable images and maybe have a snack in the museum café. You’ll all have a good time without the kids getting tuckered out from an overlong museum visit.
- You can also “play tourist” in your own town. Use this time to check out some of the local places you’ve always meant to see, but never had time visit.
There are so many things to do; gather the family together and start making a list!