7 free activities for the holidays December 13, 2015 15:47

With the holidays now upon us, what do we do with the kids for the 6 weeks?  Here are some ideas for free things to do with the kids.

1.  Have a disco - this activity will require the kids to have friends over, the more the merrier when it comes to a disco!  Preparation is essential - clear the garage, make sure its dark (throw up some dark sheets over windows if necessary), put some strobing Christmas lights in there and have your kids put together a playlist (check its good music to dance to)!  Then have the kids over, crank the music up and let them boogie!  If you have the energy, be the DJ and show them some dance moves, play games and join in the fun.

2.  Play a game - our favourites are Phase 10 (an excellent card game which can take up a whole wet and rainy day), Uno, Monopoly, Yahtzee, Articulate for Kids (don't let the name fool you, this is great for adults too) and just about any card game.

3.  Develop a dance routine - even the boys will love this (in the end).  Pick your song and plan your moves together.  There are so many online resources if you can't think of any moves (try http://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Dance-Routine or google dance routines).  Show the family at Christmas or show off your dance routine to friends on New Year's Eve.

4.  Find a local swimming hole - this could be a lake, lagoon or creek.  If you're not sure where is OK, try googling best swimming holes near where you live.  Take a picnic rug, pack some lunch and plenty of water, and throw in whatever swimming accessories you need.

5.  Go to your local library - it is amazing how many activities can be found at your local library.  In the next week alone, my local library has Toddler Time (singing and dancing), Kids Krafternoon, Children's Storytime and Whodunnit in the Library (solving a mystery).  Check out your local library and borrow some books whilst you're there!

6.  Bake - the kids will love helping you bake something yummy, but they'll love eating it even more! Our favourites are choc chip biscuits, brownies, muffins and pizzas.

7.  Go for a bushwalk - find a national park near where you live and a walk which is an appropriate distance for your kids.  We pack treats to encourage our kids to keep going.  

Remember to Slip, Slop, Slap if you're doing outside activities!  Have fun and enjoy these holidays with your family.