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5 Fun Family Winter Activities

When the air gets colder and the days get shorter keeping your little one entertained can become more of a challenge.  But, there are plenty of fun indoor and outdoor activities that can help you beat the boredom blues and keep your child active and busy through the winter months.

Head to a local museum or aquarium

If you have a local children’s museum with hands-on exhibits, you can usually purchase a family membership so you can have access to exclusive members hours and scheduled events and shows.  An aquarium will provide hours of entertainment while your child watches the marine life swim by and have plenty of room to run around inside.

Sign up for Swim Classes

Winter is the perfect time to sign up for some mommy and me swimming classes at an indoor pool at a local club or gym.  Taking classes through the winter months will give your child confidence and skills they can continue to develop once the weather turns warmer, and has the added benefit of giving you and your child some active bonding time in the water. Don’t forget Huggies® Little Swimmers® Disposable Swimpants, which most pools require for children who aren’t potty trained.

Indoor Waterpark Adventure

You don’t need beach weather to hit the water. Check your local area listings for nearby indoor waterparks with dedicated areas just for kids under 5. These parks provide a great opportunity for lasting memories, and the chance to enjoy some water-based fun despite the dreary weather. 

Storytime at the Library

Many local libraries have a dedicated children’s section with read-aloud times programmed especially for toddlers. Story time is a great opportunity to have an indoor play date and expose your child to some wonderful picture books, all in a warm and toasty library. As a bonus, your library is always free!

Create an Art Space

Having bins of toddler-friendly art supplies will allow you to provide instant indoor creative activities for your child and any friends who come over on a cold winter day. Washable markers, finger paints, stickers, easy to grip stamps and ink, large pads of craft paper, and Play-Doh can provide hours of fun for your child. Set up a child-sized table and chairs in a corner so your little one can easily access their supplies. Keep it simple and organized so your child can help clean up when they’re done with their masterpieces.

Winter months don’t have to mean boredom and cabin fever. Plan outings that make for interesting and amusing experiences for you and your family, and be sure to take advantage of activities tailored to your child’s age. A little preparation can help you beat the winter blues and have fun all year round. 

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