Monday, December 24, 2012

A List of Winter Break Activities For Kids

What To Do With Kids Over Winter?

With Sidney off of school for the next two weeks I've been busy trying to come up with fun activities to do. Unfortunately, I can't spend a ton of money so we are limited. However, our region has a strong focus on family and offers many enjoyable things to do with your kids. 

I know first hand that a lot of young moms aren't exactly rich. We are dealing with school,  starting a career, saving for a house and our children's college funds plus so much more. Money is tight, but we still want to enjoy our time with our little ones while they are young. So hopefully you can get some ideas out of my list and even though a lot of my listed activities are specific to the region we live, in your city might have similar programs. All you have to do is look it up online.

Things we might do that cost us basically nothing:
  • Free skating at the mall (my mom bought Sid skates for $2 at the thrift store)
  • Free skating at Central Park downtown
  • Drop-in craft program at the library
  • Rent a movie from the library (popcorn and juice is the only money we'll be spending on this!)
  • Play at McDonald's indoor playground (costs me the price of a coffee and hot chocolate)
  • A trip down to the farmer's market (spending money is optional, however I can't turn down delicious food - especially local produce!)
  • Tobogganing (if we even get snow! Haven't seen much yet.)
  • Play at the park, all wrapped up nice and warm
  • Baking at home
  • Walk the trails through Riverside park and feed the birds
  • Playing with all our new Christmas toys of course!
Things we might do that cost us a little more:
  • Drop in pottery class ($10)
  • Indoor playground ($5 on Tuesdays)
  • Indoor mini-golf ($5 each = $10)
  • Region Museum all day pass ($5 for Sid, $10 for me = $15)
Things we might do that cost more:
  • Tubing ($20 each = $40)
  • Movies (about $10 each plus popcorn = $30)
There is a lot more around here we can do, but we only have two weeks and our funds are limited. I try to find and think up as many amusing things that are free, or cost very little. 

What are some things you like to do with the kids over the holidays/winter?


PS - Because Sidney is on winter break now, I might not get around to blogging as much for the next two weeks.

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