*I have to put the disclaimer here because although some of these options are available to you if you don’t have kids, the reality is that there’s a lot more you can do child free that isn’t generally available to your parent friends. Especially if your parent friends have really small children that can’t walk on their own yet, like ice skating or going to a play/movie (less you want them to be hated by everyone in the theater).
The white stuff has arrived and it looks like it’s going to stay this time. Yes I’m talking about the snow. Usually winter time is met with very little enthusiasm and a lot of grief from me. But I was prepared this year. I had the boots, I had the jackets dry cleaned, I bought the salt. And so when it snowed yesterday my first thought wasn’t “oh no, now what am I going to do all day” It was “Hey come look at the pretty snow!”. And as soon as I was free to, I bundled up my son and both of us played outside. Yes. IN. THE. SNOW. (there should be loud gasps). In previous years I avoided going outside at all costs during the winter but that wasn’t really an option last year when my son was able to enjoy the snow and wanted to go outside ALL THE TIME. So I learned I have to adapt and so I prepared. So as much as possible I will be doing my best to appreciate the snow this winter. I still prefer summer, but this way I can at least avoid cabin fever.
Speaking of, there will be cases when it will be way too cold to be playing outside. I learned this lesson already from the rainy months and created this list of activities for when the weather doesn’t allow us to play outside:
Sensory Friendly Films at AMC theaters- The theater turns on the lights, turns down the sounds and viewers are encouraged to walk around and sing/dance/etc without parents worrying about disrupting other viewers. They usually offer this on Saturday mornings and only certain theaters participate. I haven’t tried it out yet but I’m really tempted to with the new Moana movie that came out.
Aquatic Center- an indoor splash area for the little ones and a whirlpool, huge water slide and obstacle course for the older kids.
YMCA- classes upon classes upon classes. Depending on the location anything between swimming, dance, music, karate, horse riding and cooking lessons. If you need something to keep you busy, the YMCA has lots of options.
Crazy Bounce- multiple bounce houses inside a huge warehouse. Need I say more?
Library- usually they have events throughout the winter, including movies, guest characters and poetry nights. And it’s free.
Carousel and kids play area in the mall- $2 to ride the carousel and the play area is free. Yes please.
Children’s Museum- rooms and rooms full of sensory tantalizing activities. Worth the membership if you’ll be going multiple times throughout the winter.
Burger King Kid’s Playground- I try not to eat too much fast food, but a small order of fries to split between my small fry and I can’t hurt.
And finally when you feel like you’ve exhausted all options or you’re looking for something to do while at home:
And Baking Contests (think more decorating store bought cookies and less mixing and baking from scratch, your kitchen will thank me later)
I bought a movie for my son when I literally just can’t (or don’t want to) move and have started pintresting ideas for crafts now that he has enough dexterity and attention span to make many crafts. And I’m really excited to get my son involved baking with me. Bring on the coffee and bring on the snow. I’m ready.