Baby, it’s cold outside! The winter months can be tough, especially when it’s just too frigid to play outdoors. The kiddos are probably going stir-crazy and there are only so many craft projects they can do and movies they can watch. We’re here to help with 20 fabulous activities to keep the family busy all winter long. With everything from story times to music events to fun with animals, kids will have a blast all season long. And go ahead and supplement your idea list with our Indoor Activities: 25 Ways to Spend a Rainy Day in NJ.
Sometimes a cold winter day calls for a special treat. These hot chocolate treats are easy to make and will definitely warm someone's heart as well as hands. They also make a great hostess or Valentine's Day gift. There's barely any cooking involved, so kids can make them on their own or with a little help.
Balloons are magical spheres of pure joy to young children. As the days get shorter, and toddler energy levels are on the rise, I definitely keep a pack handy; they are the perfect cure for a bad case of cabin fever. There are so many things you can do with a simple balloon! Create this fun tennis game with a couple of paper plates and popsicle sticks. Give your child the advantage of working off some energy while developing a swinging backhand. For more ideas like this, check out our list of 25 active indoor games.
The holidays are behind us but there are still a couple of months before spring is sprung, and it can be a challenge to fill up these lazy, winter days. As a mom to three young kids, I'm all for cozy afternoons watching movies, play-doh sessions in our pjs and finger painting to pass the hours. But sometimes, we need a change of scenery! A chance to get out of the house, explore, learn and fill another gray and chilly day. Fortunately, New Jersey offers up some awesome indoor activities. Bundle up, pile the gang into the car and check out our top 10 fun and educational picks.
All parents know how quickly the years seem to pass as we watch our babies grow into big kids. At Mommy Poppins Philadelphia, our mission is to help families make the most of this precious time with their children, finding the best events and activities to enrich their lives and create special memories right here in the City of Brotherly Love.
That is why we have compiled a list of the top 100 things to do with kids in the Philly area before they grow up. With a city so rich in culture, history, recreation, world-class museums, theaters, zoos, parks, annual festivals and events, the time to get out and start exploring is now!
From ice fishing and tubing to skiing and snowboarding, families can make the best of the frigid temperatures. And if you are looking to beat cabin fever (before it sets in!), try ice skating! There are many indoor ice skating rinks located across the great Garden State. Take a family lesson, play some hockey or just grab a hot chocolate and skate during a public session. Here’s a listing of indoor rinks by county for NJ families, and for all wintry sports, check out our Ski & Snow Guide.
Is any summer vacation complete without a round of miniature golf? If that thought gets you revved up, how about getting started now? NJ has a few indoor mini golf courses, ranging from quiet putting practice to standard windmills and waterfalls, to full-on glow-in-the-dark monsters and music, so brush up on your stroke and prepare yourself for the great outdoors! And for more indoor fun, check out our Indoor Play Spaces, Sports Centers and Fun Zones Guide.
Dreary January weather always inspires me to get crafty and creative with my kids. I break out the play dough, glitter glue and dress up bin. Heck, I’ve even used masking tape to make hop scotch on our hallway floor. But then it dawns on me that I’ve got two little ones to entertain (indoors) for at least a couple of months to come and my limited craft skills can only take us so far! Some days, we just need to get out of the house – an engaging activity for the kids and a cup of coffee for mom do wonders to beat the winter doldrums! Here are a list of stores that offer story time/play time to keep NJ kids entertained and parents sane.
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