1. Winter Fun for Everyone!

    The novelty of the first snow has long worn off, and your kids are starting to wonder if their T-shirts and shorts have been put into permanent storage. Sometimes winter can seem…long. Thankfully, there are lots of ways to make winter an exciting time for everyone, whether you decide to embark on a weekend getaway or enjoy a “staycation” at home. With a little bit of creative thinking and planning, beating the winter blues can be easier than you think.

                          

    Some of the simplest – and most fun – winter adventures are ones you can have in your own backyard. Building snow forts and snowmen, sledding, and making snow angels are some perennial favorites.  Ice skating can be fun, too; if there’s a rink nearby, enroll your children in a beginner’s class or sign up for a family skating session, and reward yourselves afterward with some hot chocolate and marshmallows. If the weather outside is truly frightful, a movie marathon is a great way to liven up a wintry weekend. Have each child pick a film according to a theme (such as animals or adventure), and make popcorn with special toppings (try M&Ms or chili powder) for an extra-special movie treat. If you’re in the mood to get out of the house without going far, checking with your local library or community center can yield many low-cost and free entertainment options: chances are, there are others out there in your area looking for stuff to do.  

    Another big part of winter’s fun is taking part in mountain sports, such as skiing and snowboarding. There are lots of ways to plan a winter sports trip without breaking the bank. Driving to a local resort is a lot easier on the wallet than paying for airfare to a megaresort. Plus, smaller resorts often have better lodging and lift ticket rates, saving you money on expensive amenities you most likely wouldn’t use if you’re out hitting the slopes. If you’re just starting out and unsure about investing in $350 skis or a pricey snowboard (and even less sure how you’d store them), a great way to save big is to borrow expensive gear from family and friends. If borrowing equipment isn’t an option, renting will save you time, space, and money. The one thing it does pay to invest in is a good snowsuit or other winter clothing, since you’ll be able to use it year after year. And nothing spoils a vacation like a kid whining the entire time because they’re too cold. So bundle up!   

    A snowy winter vacation may not be seem as exciting as a hot, summery one, but it offers its own unique opportunities for family fun. Simply taking the time to think about what activities your family enjoys can lead to a vacation full of fun memories and happy kids. Get planning today! And if you’re looking for winter gear, check out the selection at CookiesKids.com!  

    Sources:

    http://stephaniesmommybrain.blogspot.com/2011/02/100-free-or-cheap-family-activities-for.html

    http://www.vacationrentals.com/media/cheap-ski-vacation.htm

    http://matadornetwork.com/trips/8-winter-adventures-to-get-kids-excited-about-the-outdoors/