Making Spirits Bright

Holiday Breaks are a time when parents get to spend quality time with their children, and we thought it might be nice if we offered some low-cost or no-cost activities you can do with your kids this holiday season!

Here are our Top Twenty favorites:

  1. Cook popcorn on top of the stove. Provide a few add-ons like shredded cheese, M&Ms, nuts, or chocolate chips to give it a special touch.
  2. Build a snowman. Think creatively. It can be 6 inches tall, look kind of like Jobba the Hut, or be have a red scarf.
  3. Watch a movie marathon. Anne of Green Gables, Star Wars, Indiana Jones, 80s movies, Little House on the Prairie, Lord of the Rings, Disney Princesses, or Toy Story would all make great movie marathons on a dreary winter day.
  4. Attend a free children’s craft/building clinic at Lowe’s or Home Depot.
  5. Plan a Backward Day. Wear your clothes backward and do things backward or in reverse order.
  6. Visit your local library and check out books.
  7. Play trashcan basketball with an empty trashcan and paper wads.
  8. Cook homemade personal-sized pizzas. Let each person choose their toppings.
  9. Write a short skit together and video your performance.
  10. Draw outlines of each family member on left over wrapping paper or butcher paper. Decorate your paper person and then sticky tack to the wall.
  11. Make your own scavenger hunt list. Divide into teams and visit a local mall armed with a camera for each team. Take photos of a team member with each item on the list.
  12. Play hide and seek.
  13. Create your own board game.
  14. Host a family Dance Party in your living room!
  15. Build milk jug bird feeders!
  16. Start seeds for spring planting.
  17. Make homemade play dough.
  18. Make sock puppets.
  19. Have a pool party in the bathtub!
  20. Gather up your friends and have a Winter Olympics in the backyard. Award marshmallows instead of medals for the hot cocoa after the events are completed!