One of the best parts of the holidays is the amount of time you get to spend with family and friends. But if you’re a parent, the winter break can leave you frantically searching for things to do with kids that will keep them busy and out of trouble.
So, if you’re that parent crying into their coffee cup (or glass of wine. No judgement here!) while googling “fun things to do with kids” or you’re just looking to get out during the winter months, keep on reading!
I’ve come up with a list of family activities and outings that you can do this Christmas season. Included in the post are FREE printables and some pretty great discount codes!
Visit a Christmas Tree Farm
This has been something my family has done for as long as I can remember. We go on the first Saturday of December and we make an entire morning of it. We go get our fancy Starbucks drinks, drive out to the tree farm, spend an hour fighting over who’s picked the best tree (I like to think I win this fight every year), tie it to the roof of our car, and pray the entire drive back that it doesn’t fly off on the highway.
I love this tradition, and recommend it to everyone, even if they don’t buy a tree! Most tree farms have tractor or horse rides which take you out to the fields, camp fires and usually hot chocolate. It’s a great, affordable way to get out on a nice day and spend some time doing something festive and different with your family. The tree farm my family goes to has the best homemade cookies I’ve ever had. That alone will keep me coming back every year!
Have A Christmas Themed Scavenger Hunt
If there is one thing I know about kids, it’s that they get distracted by everything. So why not give them something to look for with their wandering eyes?
The scavenger hunt can be done on a day where you have a lot of running around to do or it could be done all throughout the month of December! Complete it as a family or a make it into a fun competition. The possibilities are endless!
You can get a FREE printable copy of the scavenger hunt list here.
Bounce Around At A Trampoline Park
If you are looking for something to do out of the house during the colder days, a trampoline park is a great way to go! It’s a great way to get some exercise in and burn off that extra energy our kids always seem to find during the school breaks. Parks like Skyzone have over 200 locations so there is bound to be one near you.
The best part about Trampoline parks is that it’s not just for kids! This is a full family outing so you can join in on the fun. The parks have separate area’s for the young children so they can safely bounce around while your older children train on the ninja courses, join in on dodge ball games, or just jump around!
This is a great low cost activity with prices ranging from $8.00- $25.00 per person depending on the age and amount of time you want to use the park for. It’s also almost guaranteed to be follow by a stellar nap time (#parentingwin).
Host An At Home Movie Night
This is one of my favourite things to do regardless of the time of year. But it is especially fun during the holidays since you can make it Christmas themed.
Go ahead and throw on your coziest pajamas and slippers, grab every blanket and pillow in your house, and get all nice and cozy to watch the movie. Hot chocolate and popcorn are also great editions to movie nights!
Pick out a a movie, turn off the lights, and enjoy!
Attend A Paint Nite
As parents, how often do you get to go out sans children and just relax a bit?
Like, almost never.
Well, this holiday season I am telling you to find a babysitter, grab some girlfriends, guy friends, or your significant other, and go out!
Paint Nite is a wine and paint activity where they lead you through painting your own picture with… you guessed it… wine! It’s a great idea for a date night or ladies night, where you can just relax and have a good time, no experience necessary.
Not up for leaving the kids? Paint Nite also offers events that run for 6 years old and up where you get to paint together (without the wine, of course)!
They run their events almost every night of the week at different times so you have plenty of options to pick from when planning your night out.
Although this activity is a little more costly, I am so excited because Paint Nite has offered my readers an incredible discount code for the month of December! When you buy your tickets you can use the code BLOGGER35 to get 35% off of your regular ticket price. This code will work for any Paint Nite or Design-A-Sign event.
Arts and Crafts
Sometimes, you just need to play with sparkles.
And I can respect that.
If you’re looking for something your children can do inside while you run around the house getting stuff done, arts and crafts is a great idea!
If you’re in need of some craft inspiration, I’ve got you covered. Here is a Pinterest board filled with crafts you can do with children of all ages.
Magic of Lights
One of my favourite things about the holidays is all the beautiful Christmas lights. The Magic of Lights is a drive through experience where they’ve set up 2 Kilometers worth of Christmas light displays!
This is a great activity to do on a night where you don’t have anything else going on. Put the kids in their Christmas PJ’s, pack some snacks, pile the family into the car, and head on over. The line up for this one can be a little lengthy (surprisingly, we are not the only people who enjoy Christmas lights), so plan accordingly. That being said, it is 110% worth the wait!
This is another really affordable activity to do with your family. The prices start at $20 per car, varying depending on the size of your vehicle. The Magic of Lights runs in seven different cities so make sure you check their site to find your location.
Go To A Museum
Who says learning has to stop when you’re on Christmas break?! Getting out to a museum is a great way to continue to feed the tiny minds while having fun at the same time. It’s a great activity that the whole family can enjoy. Plus, you can invite other friends and make it a group outing!
Finding things to do to stay busy during the holiday season doesn’t have to be hard or expensive. It can be as simple as spending a morning outside or having movie night at home! The most important part of the break is that you are spending it with people you care about. Whatever you choose to do, enjoy your time and be present in the moment.
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Talk soon xoxo
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