Many of us are stuck at home today thanks to more than a dozen inches of snow gracing us overnight.
But once the initial excitement of a day off school wears off, it'll be up to you to keep your kids busy throughout the day (not to mention out of your hair).
Try some of these fun and easy activities to make your child's snow day extra fun.
- Cook a special meal. Whether it's breakfast, lunch or dinner, making a meal that is a bit out of the ordinary can be a fun way to engage your kids. It can be something as easy chocolate chip pancakes to an extra fancy dinner.
- Eat in the dining room and/or with fancy dishes. Speaking of an extra fancy dinner. Take the meal to the room typically reserved for family occasions and other important meals. And eating those chocolate chip pancakes in the dining room with fancy dishes can make it all the more fun.
- Order in dinner. There are tons of restaurants in the area that deliver. Not only is delivery and quick and easy (and sometimes cheap) way of putting food on the table, but kids typically love delivery food. Can you say pizza? For a complete list of restaurants that deliver in your area, head over to Patch's restaurant directory.
- Make hot chocolate. This is just a no-brainer. Snow and hot chocolate go together like peanut-butter and jelly.
- Play in the snow. Another easy one. Your kids will undoubtedly want to play in the snow when they wake up. How fun would it be for them to see their parents doing the same?
- PJ and Popcorn Movie Day. Fun. Cheap. Easy going. All you need is a good flick, a bag of popcorn and a microwave. If you pop the kernels the old-fashioned way, all the better.
- Light the fireplace. This one goes with nearly every other option on this list. Outside playing in the snow? Cozy up to the fireplace to get warm. Watching a movie? The fireplace is right there. Showing your kids how to responsibly start a fire in the fireplace is also a good lesson that will serve them well when they have kids of their own.
- Check on or visit with neighbors. This is just a responsible thing to do. If you neighbors are elderly or alone, popping in on them to make sure their power is on could do wonders. And while you're at it, you might as well bring some of that hot chocolate over.
- Board games. Who doesn't love a good family board game?
- Freeze dance. Put some music on, let them dance...stop the music and make them “freeze”. It goes with the theme of the day and will let them blow of a bit of energy. (Who said these activities only benefit the kids?)
- Indoor picnic. Let's be real. We're all longing for those summer months again. Take a blanket and hold a picnic in a part of the house you normally don't congregate in.
- Indoor scavenger hunt. Before they wake up, take some common household items and hide them all over the place. Whip up a list on the computer and print it out. When they wake up, they'll have a fun game to play. If you're really into it, you could offer a prize for the winner.
What are you planning for your snow day?