4 ways to entertain kids on a day off
by Melissa Brodsky
A day off isn’t that much fun when you have bored kids wandering around the house, complaining that there’s nothing good to do. To hold onto your sanity and actually enjoy the day off, it helps to have a plan for entertaining the kids. Here are some fun ideas to consider:
1. Get out and About
A day off from school and work is an excellent time to get out and do some of the things you’ve been waiting and wanting to do. For example, it’s a great time to see the museum exhibit you and your kids have been eyeing, and you can even skip the crowds likely to hover on the weekends. Is there a movie you and your brood agree is a must see? Go ahead and enjoy it on your day off. The same goes for similar activities, such as visiting a local aquarium or zoo, or even seeing a play. Having a day off doesn’t have to mean staying in.
2. Just Stay In
If your everyday schedules are usually packed full of must do’s, a day off can prove the perfect time to relax and unwind at home. Snuggle up on the couch and read a favorite book to your kids. Sip hot chocolate and munch cookies while you to enjoy a favorite movie or even an entire movie marathon. Better yet, get the kids involved in baking cookies or other tasty edibles, and then enjoy them warm as you dig into a movie or two. Not interested in watching the tube? Break out the goodies for a family game day, and keep the kids entertained with favorite (or new) board or card games. Include a heavy dose of chit chat and laughter to make the day special.
3. Focus on Creativity
How many times have you come across a fun craft project and wished you had time to try it with your kids. A day off is the perfect time to do so. Some ideas? Work on a paper mache masterpiece, make paper airplanes, craft a kite and then go fly it, or create a family scrapbook. If you’re crafty, share your talents with your kids. Teach them how to sew, crochet, cross stitch, or knit. But remember, crafts don’t have to be complicated to be fun! Even something as simple as bead bracelets, sock puppets, or Popsicle stick frames can provide loads of fun. Not feeling handy? Write a story or a song together. The point is to use your imagination and work together. Craft stores like Michaels and Hobby Lobby carry all the supplies you’ll need.
4. Get Physical
The average family is far too sedentary, even if all of its members are incredibly busy. If this describes your family, entertain the kids with a day of fitness fun. Go out to the park and toss a ball around. Go hiking in a nearby wooded area or head to a local recreational facility for a day of swimming. Can’t get out to get physical? Check online or on your cable channels for workouts you can try at home. You’re sure to find everything from yoga to Tae Bo that you can try in the comfort of your own home. Also, try workout games on one of the family video game consoles. You can pick up new and used video games over at Game Stop.
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