Getting Outside is Key (to getting kids to bed early)
Winter is here and although we often like to tuck away inside in front of a roaring fire and a nice book - wait, is that even possible with kids. Quiet, uninterrupted "me time"? If your household is anything like ours, that is likely a rarity.
We have found that a good dose of fresh air does the body, mind and sanity good. It allows from some stress free quality time with the family and also as a bonus, will likely tire them out for the evening.
Whether you want to keep it local or get out of town for a change of scenery, there is something for everyone - and although, the weather will likely get more difficult over the next couple months, we know that "there is no such thing as bad weather, just wrong attire".
So, in that case, let's get out there!
Some activities to consider as you plan include:
Local trails and parks are open and we have had some mild weather lately - so take advantage and plan a day walking the local trails and parks. Pack some snacks and water in a small backpack, and leave your phones and other devices on silent to take in the crisp smells and sounds of the season. You might be surprised by the beauty of your local area with a leisurely walk or stroll and with marked trails, you can let your kids run (safely) through the space and burn off that extra energy.
Outdoor markets were likely extremely busy during the holidays and some might have avoided that rush all together, but these markets are still open and filled with locally made products. It is also a great way to meet with local artisans and shop for unique finds while supporting local.
Plan a winter scavenger hunt for the kids. A great example of one can be found here.
When there is snow, there is opportunity. A good ol fashioned snowball fight, or building a snowman never goes out of style. Whether you are the artist or a spectator – grab some hot chocolate or coffee and enjoy.
Outdoor rinks are also open. Also, if monitored and safe, when the weather gets colder, there will be local ponds that are safe for practicing your figure eights. Please be sure to check with your local area to confirm the safety of lake/pond skating.
Also, playing sports outside don't have to be limited to spring, summer and fall – bundle up and play a friendly game of football or soccer in the snow. If the grounds are clear, a frosty game of hoops can be fun too.
Finding a local hill to go sledding. With or without kids it is a blast. Bring back the days of death-defying crazy carpets, or GT sled racers.
And it's true when they say it is never too late. Ever considered taking up skiing or snowboarding? If you haven't already, there are many local hills and winter resorts that have lessons available and smaller hills to get started. You'd be surprised at how quickly the winter flies by when you take on new activities throughout the colder months.
Whatever you decide to do - take the opportunity to get outside, out of your PJs (or wear the PJs under your snow pants, no one will know) and enjoy the local spots that you often ignore in the winter. There is a whole world of experiences out there at your doorstep.
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