6 Activities To Beat The Winter Blahs

iStock_000008278136XSmallMid-February. The least wonderful time of the year. Anything remotely novel and romantic about winter has become stale and overdone. Fires in the fireplace? Done it. Hot cocoa? Drunk it. Snow? It’s all just dirty slush. The wind whips tears from eyes and everyone is on their umpteenth cold of the season. I just want to open my windows and let the germs fly out but it’s too freaking cold!

I find myself staring longingly at my backyard, wishing for a day when I can just walk out the door and give the kids room to run. I daydream about afternoons at the pool and long walks in a nearby park. But until February releases it’s grip on us, we’re stuck inside.In order to get through it without going totally stir crazy, I try to get off the couch and be creative.

Here are my tips for weathering the last weeks of winter with kids:

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  • Movie Time! 1 of 6
    Movie Time!
    Join forces with friends and swap DVDs to get some new material. Turn your living room into a home theatre complete with popcorn and candy and settle in for some Hollywood fun.
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  • Cook Something Up 2 of 6
    Cook Something Up
    Make dinner prep a family affair or just open some pre-made cookie dough and get baking!
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  • Bounce Around 3 of 6
    Bounce Around
    Many gymnastics studios offer open gym time. For a few bucks, kids can use the equipment to blow off steam where it's warm and dry.
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  • Dance Party 4 of 6
    Dance Party
    We do this at 5 pm when everyone is at their lowest point of the day. I crank some tunes and we dance around the living room. No rhythm required!
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  • Get Cultured 5 of 6
    Get Cultured
    is there a museum you've been wanting to check out? Is the high school doing a great musical? Does the library have programs for African American History Month? Get out and see something cool!
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  • Experiment 6 of 6
    Experiment
    Potions and creations are always a big hit with kids. Websites like
    Science for Kids have awesome experiments for kids to try.
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