With snows squalls and frigid cold pounding parts of the United States, especially the Northeast, January may feel dreary and depressing. Whether you are a parent with kids at home or raising grammar or high school students, there are things that you can do to beat the winter blues. When you child says, “Mom, Dad, I’m bored!” here are some fun activities for you and your kids to try.
Whether you are an indoor or outdoor person, ice skating can keep you fit and in good spirits. Some cities have outdoor rinks, while other towns have indoor options. Local colleges and community centers usually have open skate times for a low price. Most rinks serve hot chocolate and have some rocking music playing to keep your blades moving. So, throw on your hat, scarf, and gloves and hit the ice.
Board game get-togethers
For more introverted types who do not want to venture out into the cold, having a board game get together can be a fun time. Meet at somebody’s house or hang out at a coffee shop. Word lovers can play Scrabble, Boggle, or Upwords. For a more humorous times, games such as Apples to Apples, Pictionary, or Taboo can keep everybody in stitches. People who do not feel like talking much can pull out a jigsaw puzzle and keep the good times rolling.
After holiday parties
With so many parties around Christmas and New Year’s Eve, most people miss a couple of them due to conflicting schedules. Hosting an after holiday party can lift everybody’s mood. Go with a food theme, such as Mexican, Italian, or Indian, or just serve chips and pretzel type easy snacks that people can munch on. Show a movie or just chill out, chat, and catch up on each other’s lives.
Sledding and tubing
If you live in the country, big hills and the open field are pretty easy to find. Grab your sled and a couple pals and head for the snowy hills. For those of you in bigger town and cities, ski resorts offer some places to use your sled or inner tubes. Local parks usually have snowy hills that are worth sliding down, the cost free. Put on your snow gear and have some adventurous times, as you race your family members down the slippery slopes.
Knocks down some pins
Bowling lovers can knock down some pins for a few bucks. It is a great way to build your arm strength and get out of the house for a couple of hours. Larger families can pair up for teams or just play one against the other. Bowling shoes and balls are fairly cheap to rent. See how many spares and strikes you can rack up.
Snap some winter photos
Artistic types can make the snowflakes and ice work for them. Take a week-end day and search for some snow-capped mountains, frozen lakes, and snowflake covered trees. Bring a good camera or smart phone and snap some picturesque shots that will make you smile and appreciate the beauty of nature. Pack some soup, hot coffee, or hot chocolate in a thermos to keep yourself toasty and warm.
Hope you enjoyed these winter activities. Now, go out and try one today!