The kids are either already out of school or will be soon, and for a decent amount of time. Parents once reliant on school schedules will now have to find alternative activities to keep their little ones entertained. Check out our list of the best activities to do with your kids while on break!
Crafts, crafts, and more crafts!
The holiday season is the perfect time to take advantage of all those crafts and projects you’ve been seeing on Pinterest but didn’t have the time to do! Scheduling crafts each day ensures a productive way to spend time that encourages your kids personal growth and creativity. Experiment with Legos, make your own rock candy, or even make a new decoration for the house – the possibilities are endless!
Break out the Christmas classics!
Even as adults, we still seek out familiar habits of comfort, and the holidays are no exception. Break out those classic Christmas movies that have become tradition – after all, once Christmas is gone they’ll probably be going back into the family vault until next year. Watch them with cookies and milk while your little ones take in the important life lessons that these classics teach. The Christmas Claymations, Home Alone series, The Grinch, and Charlie Brown are all waiting for your family to enjoy their heartfelt warmth this year!
Nibblins is the ultimate location to get your little ones cooking! Conveniently located in Winchester with an abundance of options this Christmas, classes are taught by experienced and caring chefs with children of their own. They know the best recipes to teach and the best ways to teach them. Instill the love of cooking while teaching them techniques and skills that will stay with them forever. Let your kids learn the value of independence by becoming their own chef! For a full schedule of upcoming classes, click here.
Learn something new.
There’s undoubtedly some of the best fun to be had in the Winchester area at Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum! The Discovery Museum makes it their mission to spark curiosity and inspire through creative play. All of their exhibits, activities and programs enforce learning creatively that will have your kids thinking outside of the box! Explore science labs, examine fossils, engage in music and so much more! Plus, with a rooftop level your kids can get an aerial view of downtown Winchester! Your kids will be begging to go back again and again.
You’ll find Explore More Discovery Museum in Harrisonburg to be just as wholesome of an experience for your children. Let their imaginations soar as they explore science labs, TV studios, medical centers, construction zones, and more. Does your kid love cars? Let them be a mechanic for a day! Are they interested in farming and cooking? There’s an exhibit for that too! Your kids will think they’re just having fun, but Explore More guarantees that they’ll be learning while they do it.
Get out and get active!
The Blue Ridge Mountains provide the ultimate excuse to get your kids outdoors and playing! With the options of skiing, snowboarding, winter tubing, and hiking at places like Massanutten Resort and Bryce Resort, there’s plenty of fun opportunities for your family to take advantage of. Both resorts offer excellent classes for beginners in all areas, allowing them to get plenty of exercise and learn while doing it!
We’ve got something special for your kids this year – a jam-packed bucket full of goodies they’ll love! You can snag these awesome presents at Throx Market locations in Winchester for a limited time only. A great value, each bucket comes adorned with not only the signature VA Kids Trail Bucket the snail mascot stuffed animal, but a t-shirt, pin, and vouchers to awesome locations that offer fun activities for kids. Plus, the first 20 buckets purchased will also come with a free admission ticket into Massanutten Resort’s award-winning waterpark!
No matter what you and your little ones decide to do, we’re sure you’ll find fun activities to explore in the Shenandoah Valley.