Many of us get time off from work and school over the holidays, but that doesn’t necessarily mean peace and relaxation. Especially if you have young ones at home, you may find that they start to go a bit stir crazy after days being cooped up in the house with cold weather outside. If you’re in need of inspiration for kid-friendly Christmas activities, read on!
- Take a light tour. The first on our list of kid-friendly Christmas activities does involve going outside—but for a good reason! Seeing Christmas lights is a fun, inexpensive and memorable activity that you can easily turn into a holiday tradition. Drive around your neighborhood, or see if there is a light show in your area at the zoo or botanical gardens, for example.
- Have a Christmas movie marathon. The Grinch, Elf, A Christmas Story—the list goes on and on! Pop some popcorn, grab some blankets and cozy up on the couch for a Christmas movie marathon this holiday season. If you have a subscription to a streaming service, you can see which old favorites they offer or check out some new ones.
- Decorate the house. Get your kids in on the decorating fun! This list of 65 Christmas Crafts for Kids from HGTV is sure to keep you occupied. From twig/yarn ornaments to custom advent calendars, this list has it all. Not only will children have fun being creative, but they will be making art that you can include in your display for years to come.
- Bake sweet treats. What kids don’t love whipping up some sugar cookies or other sweet treats around Christmas? Younger children can help by adding in pre-mixed ingredients and stirring, while older kids can help run the show. Don’t forget to decorate them afterward!
- Attend a Christmas parade. Share your Christmas spirit with the community by attending your local Christmas parade! Santa is usually a staple parade guest, so who can complain?! Also, this will help fight the cabin fever by getting your kids out of the house.
- Volunteer. This could be a good kid-friendly Christmas activity for you and your older children to participate in together. Extend your good will this Christmas season by helping to serve holiday meals, spending time with shelter pets and more.
- Give to others. Don’t let your gift giving stop with your family. Use your resources to give to others in need this Christmas. Operation Christmas Child is an easy way to give—simply pack shoeboxes assigned to certain age and gender categories, take them to a drop-off location in your community, and they will be sent to children all over the world. This is just one example—local toy drives are another way to give back!
Use these kid-friendly Christmas activities to not only keep your children entertained this month, but to spend quality time together while making lasting memories.
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