5 Ways to Keep Your Kids Busy on Christmas Break

5 Ways to Keep Your Kids Busy on Christmas Break

The presents are all unwrapped. The kids played with them until they were tired of them. Some of them are even broken already. It’s cold outside. The Phineas and Ferb marathon is over. And you keep hearing, “I’m bored.”

That can only mean one thing. It’s half way through Christmas break, there’s still a whole week left, and you’re wondering how you’re going to keep the kids from making you nuttier than a box of peanut brittle.

Here’s a few ideas to keep the kiddos entertained:

1. Popcorn and movie day. Change it up a litlte by introducing your kids to iconic movies from when you were young. Indiana Jones, Star Wars (The original of course), ET. The real classics are still entertaining 2 or 3 decades later, and they’ll have a good laugh at the primitive special effects. “Mom, you mean they didn’t have CGI animation when you were a kid? No way!”

2. Since the kids did get some new stuff, they may need to make storage space for it. Send them to their rooms to look for toys, books and clothing they don’t use anymore that they could donate to charity. Gather up all the items, and take a trip together to your local donation center. It’s a good way to get rid of clutter, and get them thinking about those less fortunate.

3. Throw a New Year’s Eve party. If the kids are too young to stay up until mid-night, let them stay up an hour later, then have an early count-down. Celebrate with noise-makers, hats, and balloons. Then it’s off to bed, and the adults can enjoy the rest of the evening.

4. Arrange a play date. Chances are you’re not the only mom in town with kids climbing the walls. Invite a friend and her children over. The kids will entertain each other, and you can catch up on some girl talk.

5. Finally, if all else fails, call in the reinforcements. Send them over to Grandma’s.