December is the darkest month of the year. January is historically our coldest month of the year. I spent too much time last month wishing for warmer weather and looking for ways to pass the time while copped up inside during weekend blizzards. Now that they days are getting longer and warmer, I’m resolving to plans winter family fun activities throughout February!
There’s “snow reason” to stay cooped up inside when the sun is shining, and the winter temperatures are mild. Since I’m participating in Live Healthy Iowa’s 10 Week Wellness Challenge as part of the Iowa Food & Family Project’s Farm Team, I’m looking for ways to up my game.
Below are a few family-friendly ideas I’ve compiled to be more active:
Paint the snow – Take a few water bottles with squirt tops and pour food coloring into the bottle. That’s all it takes. Let the kids go out and paint the snow!
Build a snowman – It’s been too long I’ve since I’ve built a snowman, so it’s on my 2020 Winter Bucket List. It would be so much fun to host a “Frozen” party complete with themed activities and treats. Even without the need to make party decorations or come up with a party craft, it could it could be fun to make Snowgie Snowflakes. I used to have so much fun planning my daughter’s birthday parties in February. Oh, the memories we made!
Go sledding – Every community has its own hill. When my kids were young, we would go sledding after school/work in Sheffield. Youth groups enjoy hot chocolate and roasting hot dogs over the campfire in the shelter house at Galvin’s Hill.
Go ice skating in the new North Iowa Arena inside Mason City’s Southbridge Mall
Play mini golf at River City Mini Golf
Build a fort – grab some blankets and get to building! One easy way to make a sturdy fort is to allow kids to drape blankets over the kitchen table and chairs. It makes a roomy tent where I could snuggle into a blanket and read a book. (Then again, I’ve always been a book worm!) Heat up some marshmallows and chocolate and enjoy indoor s’mores. They may not have the magic of the fire, but your kids will still smile when they take a bite.
Get creative in the kitchen – Kids love to try their hands at new activities. Studies show they’re more apt to eat fruits and vegetables if they’ve helped prepare them. Jenni of The Gingered Whisk shares ideas for raising adventurous eaters. I especially like her “Eat Like a Princess” series. Your family could enjoy watching a classic Disney movie, and then take your taste buds on a culinary tour to the same foreign country.
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