When the snow falls and the playground, park and pool aren’t possible, it can be hard to find a fun family activity. So here are five great ways for bonding with your child this winter.
1. Get Outside
If you and your kids like to get outside, don’t let the winter chill put a damper on the fun. A great way for bonding with your child is skiing. There are over 475 ski resorts in the U.S., and many allow you to rent the necessary equipment for the day. If you’re not sure if skiing is right for your family, try skating, sledding or snowboarding. Even a winter hike with a camera and/or binoculars is one of the best ways to enjoy the outdoors with kids.
2. Watch a Favorite Movie
On a cold winter day or night, cuddle up with one of your favorite movies. If this movie is a favorite of yours that your child hasn’t seen yet, talk about why you love it. If this is a favorite you already both enjoy, share the parts you like the best. A good movie is a great way for bonding over something you both enjoy.
3. Hit the Lanes
Another great way to bond with your kids during the winter is bowling. Bowling alleys provide a fun time and many have a restaurant, which means no cooking at home for mom. Some bowling centers also provide pinball and video game machines as well as pool, air hockey and pinball tables.
4. Discover Something New
One of the best ways for bonding with your child is to discover something new together. You may try a new skill or learn a new topic by visiting a local museum for the first time. You may find a new hobby or craft to learn together. Also, it can be as simple as reading a new book together.
5. Play Board Games
One classic way for bonding with kids that families have practiced for thousands of years is playing board games. Even the ancient Egyptians played board games over 5,000 years ago. Board games teach kids logic, sharing and problem-solving, which can make them smarter.
Family game night is always a good source of laughs and memories, which makes it one of the best ways to bond with your child at any time of the year. Whether it’s snowing, raining or just a lazy afternoon, board games are a ton of fun.
Discovering something new with your child helps them develop and grow, as well as a great way to create memories. Just think about your child’s talents and interests to come up with some great ideas.
While your favorite warm-weather activities may not be an option during the winter months, it is easy to have fun with your child all year long. These five activities are fun for bonding with your child and spark lots of memories, too.