Entertaining the children before and after the big day can be tricky at times, as they may be too old and young for something, uninterested or the weather isn’t being very co-operative…WeAreTheCity have come up with some fun ideas to keep them occupied and happy this Christmas.
Get in the kitchen
Yes we know they’ll make some all sorts of mess but there are loads of simple recipes you can try out with your children. If you have little ones that are unable to use the oven, why not try chilled recipes that you can pop in the fridge such as chocolate strawberries or crispy bars. There are many quick and easy baking ideas on the internet to give a try.
Write a story
Children have the best imaginations, why not put it into action and write a story together. If you’re finding it difficult, come up with a chain story where each person writes a paragraph story, this gives the next person ideas and the outcome can be amazing. You can make it season appropriate and centre it on Christmas!
Tire them out
Indoor play centres are becoming more and more popular. They’re great fun, safe and allow you to relax while your kids run riot. Trampoline centres are great fun and a great way to wear them out. If it’s dry, wrap up warm and take them to an adventure park – the fresh air will do them good.
Go down to the farm or zoo
Get your wellies out and introduce your children to animals by taking them to a farm. Even if you live in a city, there are lots of city farms around the country, and many of them cost peanuts to get into. It’s also a great opportunity to get up close and personal to wildlife.
Catch a movie
Nothing beats the thrill of taking a trip to your local cinema and watching the latest film – although when you’re on a budget this can be tricky – but you can always make do with films you have a home and have a movie night in.
Get your fancy shoes on and try and score a strike. There is nothing wrong with a bit of healthy competition! If your young ones are finding it tough they can put bumpers down the gutters to make it easier.
Take them ice skating
Dancing on ice can play a big inspiration for youngsters! Although it’s unlikely you’ll be up to Torvill and Dean standard, it’s certain your kids will enjoy watching you slip over as much as they do.
Have a snow day
As always, there are conflicting predictions as to whether or not we’ll have snow this winter. If we do, there’s a whole day of fun already organised – the kids will love building snowmen and having snowball fights. You could also invest in a sledge (grab one before the snow falls as they sell out quickly!) and then head off to your nearest country park, forest or even just your back garden. The kids will love being pulled along and if you find some hills – even better!
Invite friends over
Your children could possibly be bored because they miss playing with they’re friends so why not invite them over for dinner or lunch to keep your little one occupied for a day. They tend to play their own games and do their own thing!