It’s official – Winter is here!
There’s a chill in the air here in Snowflake, Arizona. Outside the first flakes of the season begin to fall while inside your home the warm glow of the fireplace keeps the whole house warm and cozy.
Now the question on everyone’s mind is what kinds of things can you do this season to make it a memorable one?
1. Turn the Snow into a Canvas
Keep those empty dish soap bottles from the kitchen sink when you’re finished with them. Shampoo or spray bottles will work too. Save as many as you want, fill them up with tap water and add a few drops of your favorite food colors. Bundle up the kids and head out with bottles in hand to create your own unique masterpieces. Don’t forget to take photos!
2. Make Your Own Snow
If the weather is not cooperating, take matters into your own hands and create your own snow. It’s easier than you think. All it takes is a large box of baking soda and a can of shaving cream. Start off by adding the shaving cream to the baking soda until you get the desired consistency. For extra fun, add glitter. And when you’re all done playing, spray it with vinegar and watch it bubble and fizz.
3. Let it Snow
Who doesn’t love to make paper snowflakes? Let your creative juices flow. This year try a new take on the concept by using coffee filters. Since they’re not as thick as paper, they can be easier for little hands to navigate with scissors. Also, unlike paper, their translucence gives the illusion of true snowflakes. One pack of coffee filters will go a long way and soon you’ll have a whole room full of snowflakes. Hang them from the ceiling. Tape them to the windows. Make your own little winter wonderland oasis.
4. Go Crazy with Glow Sticks
The possibilities are endless with these bright and inexpensive toys. Take them out in the snow, bury them and watch little eyes light up as the snow above takes on a neon glow. Then after a fun time in the cold outdoors, run some warm bathwater and pop a few of these in the tub with your kids. Turn the lights down low and be prepared for lots of giggles and creative fun. After tub time you can play glow stick tic tac toe. Or put some in some empty water bottles, grab a ball and play glow stick bowling. Use your imagination and the fun goes on and on.
5. Feed the Birds
As the mercury drops, how kind would it be to leave a little treat out for the birds who stay around for the winter? An easy option is to find a pine cone, cover it in peanut butter and roll it in bird seed. You could even play Julie Andrew’s version of “Feed the Birds” from Mary Poppins as you work on your homemade feeder.
6. Dinner and a Show
If it’s just too cold to be outside, then head out one of those fancy new eat-in movies theaters that seem to be cropping up all over the place. Relax, take a break from the kitchen and have someone bring the whole family a meal while you all sit back and watch the hottest new release. It doesn’t get much better than that, does it?
7. Check out Local Attractions for Modified Schedules
Another great idea is to look into your local area attractions like a local ski resort. If the weather is more mild, you might be able to save some cash over peak season pricing by taking the whole family to popular local destinations. Zoos may have a reduced schedule with less animals to see but the trade-off is you may get a much better deal on ticket prices and end up enjoying yourselves much more since you’re not fighting crowds.