Things To Do With The Kids On A Snow Day – Chaz’s Top 5
Here in Abilene Texas, it does not snow much. But, when it does, usually it shuts down the whole town simply because we're not accustomed to it or prepared for it like people are up north that get a lot of snow. Most of the time, when it does snow, you can bet that several businesses will close and schools will let out and have a snow day. If you're not prepared for the snow day, you could get some serious cabin fever as the kids go absolutely nuts because there is “nothing to do”. So let's look at some ways to remedy the situation with things to do with the kids on a snow day – my top 5.
Decorate or Redecorate
If it's the Holiday season, get your kids together to decorate. The kids will dig the time you spend with them and besides, it gives them an excuse to trash the house. (Ever notice how trashed your house gets when your putting up the Christmas stuff?) My kids love putting up Christmas decorations and will nag me until it's done - and done properly. Get creative. Have the kids pop up some popcorn or help them make some ornaments. If it's not the holidays, help them rearrange their room or something. One of my daughters likes to change her room around every few months, for some reason, and usually that means I'm moving shelves, furniture, etc. But, it's something to do with the kid and they'll make you do it anyway in a few months so you might as well do it now.
Teach The Kids To Cook Or Bake
If they have not already learned how to cook or bake something, having a snow day might be the perfect opportunity to teach them. Growing up, I had 3 generations to learn from as my Mom, Grandma, and my Great Grandma all were awesome cooks, constantly sharing recipes with each other and passing their knowledge on to us kids. I learned, at a very early age, how to make all sorts of things ranging from lasagna to something simple like a grilled cheese sandwich. Today, I consider myself a pretty good cook thanks to my parents. Whether it's teaching them how to cook a meal or bake cookies or a cake, you will be teaching your kids something in life that they will definitely need, and you'll be be creating memories that will last a lifetime. Just make sure the fire extinguisher is close by.
Watch A Movie
This is an easy one here because you're not actually having to do anything and you can just kick back on your rear end and relax. Make sure the movie is one the kids actually want to watch or they will be upset and, once again, you'll get the ol' stink eye from the spouse. You can be lazy and the kids get to watch something they think is cool - everybody wins. Pop some popcorn, throw on some hot chocolate and pop in a movie. At my house, we have video on demand, so it's easy to get a movie whether it's an old classic or a new release. I have been known to break out the old VCR, though I do get a little flack from the kids on the quality of the video. In fact, I have 'Christmas Vacation' on video cassette, which the kids have happily seen 10 or 12 times a year. If you are able to get out, catch a flick at a movie theater. Here are a few family movie ideas.
These days, kids have a variety of electronic entertainment from the Nintendo DS and iPods, to game consoles and even just their cell phones. If you want them to "unplug" a little bit, break out some old school Monopoly, Candyland or simply play cards. Heck, teach them how to play Texas Hold 'em and maybe one day they'll make it big in Vegas and take care of you for the rest of your life. If you're cool with the electronics, play them in some Guitar Hero or something, even if you get your butt kicked like I do. What is it with kids today? I used to rule on video games, but my kids kill me every time. Anyway, whether it's making up a game, playing a classic board game or throwing down on some Playstation 3 or Xbox 360, play some games with the kiddos. Honestly, it doesn't matter if you win or lose, it's just the time you spend with them that's cool.
Play In The Snow
Duh. It goes without saying that the kids want to play in the snow. Go out and play with them. Build a cool snowman, have a snowball fight or make snow angels. Just make sure they are bundled up tight, as well as yourself, and go outside and have a blast. One cool game you can do is an 'Ice Cube Scavenger Hunt'. Basically, it's like an Easter egg hunt but you use ice cubes. Just take food coloring and freeze the cubes with whatever color you want, hide them, and let the kids go nuts. You can also make snow ice cream. Just use clean snow, of course, put in a little sugar, milk, maybe some food coloring and you can put vanilla extract to make vanilla snow ice cream. I like to put peppermints and grind them up and mix with the snow. Again, make sure the snow is not dirty.