The holidays will soon be upon us, and this means it’s time to start prepping for bored kids. Here’s how to keep your kids entertained during the holidays.
by Troop Atomic Mommy
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The holidays will soon be upon us, and since it is a time for family, friends, and fun, you’ll need some quick maneuvering to keep the kids from getting bored. But what can you do to keep the little ones from getting antsy? And how can you do it without breaking the bank? Here are some tips on how to keep your kids entertained during the holidays!
1) Get them involved in holiday traditions
Whether it’s helping to decorate the tree, baking cookies, or wrapping presents, involving your kids in holiday activities will not only occupy their time but also create lasting memories. And if you don’t have any holiday traditions of your own, start some! For example, go caroling around the neighborhood, build a gingerbread house together, or make a festive snack like reindeer food.
Another great way to get your kids involved is by having them write letters to Santa (or whichever holiday figure is applicable). Not only will this give them something to do, but it’ll also get them excited for the big day.
2) Set up a “kid zone”
If you have the space, designate an area of your home as the “kid zone.” This can be a corner in the living room, a playroom, or even just a section of the floor with some blankets and pillows. Fill this space with toys, books, puzzles, and anything else that will keep your little ones entertained. And if you have older kids, they can help set up the kid zone and choose activities to put in it.
This is also a great way to give yourself some much-needed break time. If you need to get work done or just want to relax for a bit, let the kids play in their designated area while you take some time for yourself.
3) Plan a short trip
If your kids are really starting to go stir-crazy, plan a small day trip. Go to a nearby park, visit a friend or family member’s house, or take a short drive to look at Christmas lights – there are loads of fun things to do with kids around town. This change of scenery will do everyone good and give you all something to look forward to. And if the weather isn’t cooperating, there are always indoor places like museums, trampoline parks, and arcades.
In addition, many towns and cities have holiday-themed events going on, like light shows, Santa meet-and-greets, or performances of The Nutcracker. Doing a little research ahead of time can help you find some fun activities that are close to home.
4) Have a movie marathon
Whether it’s watching holiday classics or new releases, curling up with some popcorn and a good movie is always a winner. You can even make it into a game by turning it into a scavenger hunt. Make a list of things to look for during the movie (ex: Santa Claus, reindeer, elves, etc.) and see who can spot the most.
The holidays can be hectic, but with a little planning, they can also be enjoyable for the whole family. By involving your kids in holiday activities, setting up a kid zone, and taking them on some short trips, you’ll help make this season one to remember.