There isn't any snow on the ground yet in the City of Toronto, so tobogganing is out of the question for now. Here are six fun, cheap, family focused activities to help keep everyone engaged during the holiday season that will hopefully prevent those dreaded "I'm BORED!" chants from popping up over the next several days and also create some nice holiday memories.
Christmas Tree Craft by Miss Molly
Go for a walk, or a drive, on a street or a neighbourhood that you know is packed with a lot of holiday lights and decorations. Talk about which ones you like the best and why as well as voting on the family favourite. Be warned though, this led to extensive questioning about why we don't have outdoor lights and Chris has now promised that next December he'll put up lights along the front of our house. Both kids are saying this is one of the best things we've done so far this holiday season.
Baking or Cooking a meal together
Maybe you've had enough sweets already, but that doesn't mean you can't create something tasty and healthy together....making salads, soups, smoothies, or frozen fruit treats can be a fun way to get some vitamins in together.
We are lucky enough that friends and family have supplied us with a ton of new books over the holidays. Put on the kettle for some tea or hot cocoa, and everyone can curl up for some great reading. Didn't get any books? Visit your local library or thrift store to get some great books you can enjoy together.
Dance parties started in our house, in the master bedroom as a way to keep Molly and Jack dancing around the bed while the adults folded laundry. Dance parties also happen in our living room where we all dance and sing together. Favourite tunes of Molly and Jack's include: Song 2 by Blur, Dr. Jones and Barbie Girl by Aqua, Tub Thumping by Chumbawamba.
Maybe it's cold outside but a visit to a local green house is a great way to see bright colours and warm up. Many still have festive displays still going well into January. In Toronto you can visit Allen Gardens or Centennial Park green houses almost every day of the year.
On the last day of school before the holidays Molly's class had a pyjama day where everyone wore their pjs all day. They spent a good portion of the day watching movies, playing games, and hanging out. This can be a great way for everyone to unwind after the stress of the holiday season.
What free or cheap activities do you have planned to keep everyone entertained over the holiday break?
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