There is a particular pleasure during the winter months in hunkering down with big blankets and hot cocoa in front of the computer or television until the temperature climbs above 50 degrees. Our energy levels aren’t helped by the early sunsets making it dark by 5 p.m. either. However, staying physically active is very important, even when the motivation is hard to find. So in this blog, we’re going to look at some engaging activities that may just get the whole family off the couch.Run for the hills. Connecticut may not be known for its mountains, but there are actually a few in the state that are really great for skiing, riding, and tubing:
Glide into the sunset. If the concept of flying down a hill isn’t your family’s idea of outside sporty fun, that’s okay. Maybe ice skating is a better option. Years ago when our New England winter was consistently freezing, we could skate on backyard ponds. Today, to be safe (and safety is always first) it’s best to visit man-made rinks. Luckily, there are plenty around and probably one very close to where you live.
Just roll with it. If your children enjoy speeding around on blades, but not so much being outside, there are a handful of roller rinks around Connecticut that have weekend and evening sessions open to all ages:health benefits of skating are well documented and, Mom and Dad, so is the joy of revisiting this childhood activity.
What can I do with my children at home on a budget?All of the above activities are a blast, but there are tons of fun things you can do at home with things you’ll find around the house. Here are two great resources that together offer over 100 ideas that fit both your and your child’s idea of fun:
- 25 Exercise Games and Activities for Kids (This site also has a section dedicated to winter activities in Connecticut.)
- 87 Energy-Busting Indoor Games & Activities For Kids (Because Cabin Fever Is No Joke)
What are some of the ways you keep your kids physically active during the winter months? Let us know on our social media pages.