Whether you intend to visit family and friends at a distant destination or want to remain at home with your immediate family, the holiday season can be a great opportunity to utilise the amount of time away from work and school that your family has been granted. However, as the frigid days wear on, children and adults alike may become restless, leaving you looking at the clock and counting down the days until you once again have a task to occupy your time. Well, this year, that doesn’t need to be the case! Here is a short list of 5 great ideas for ways in which you and your children can have some much needed fun this holiday season.
Caravan holidays can either be static or mobile, allowing you and your family to visit locations that you have not yet had the opportunity to explore. The static caravans are planted on a specific campground, where you can go to stay and enjoy whatever that location has to offer. Mobile caravans, however, allow you and your family to travel to various locations throughout the course of your holiday. Site seeing and touring are the most recent trend to holidaying and caravan holidays allow you to enjoy this experience from the comfort of what feels like your own home. Children are enticed by the awe of possible adventures, and adults are able to relax behind the wheel- or door, of their very own caravan for the holiday season.
Take a Train Ride
It is a commonly misconception that only boys enjoy train rides, as the popularity in this mode of transportation as a luxury has been rapidly increasing in recent years. Due to the fact that the weather may not be the most appropriate for small children during the holiday season, trains can be the most appropriate route to take for an afternoon adventure. Seated within the comfort of your cabin, the children can enjoy the elusive scenery through the windows without being exposed to the harsh elements. Not only are many trains and train stations a peak at the history of a specific location, but children become enthralled with the idea of possibly meeting the captain! Relatively inexpensive and able to be explored in a mere afternoon, train rides are an incredible way to entertain children during the school holidays!
Ice Skating or Roller Skating
Depending on what kind of weather your area has in the holiday months, skating of some kind can be an enjoyable, and relatively safe, outlet for the bottled up energy of children not required to be in school. If you happen to live in an area that receives snow and other icy wintery conditions, ice-skating is a fun way to utilise an afternoon or boredom! Most places that offer ice-skating will also have a rental shop, which allows you to rent the proper skates and safety equipment for several hours at just a small fee. While these areas can become very crowded in the holiday months, the more the merrier! Children enjoy the opportunity to zigzag through the waves of fellow skaters, so don’t feel bad if the arena seems extraordinarily busy. Same situations apply to roller-skating. Strap the kids into their gear, and watch as they laugh and enjoy themselves for an afternoon, if not more.
Visit a Museum
While many children have the opportunities to visit local museums and art galleries while they are in school, nothing beats an afternoon out with a parent, absorbing the quality time that you are able to share. Try to find a local museum that your child has yet to visit, and spend the day learning about the artefacts and masterpieces that are housed within. Additionally, during the holiday season, many museums offer family discounts for children and parents wishing to explore their holdings.
Go on a Photographic Adventure
Children love the opportunity to take their own pictures. Take an afternoon to purchase a bundle of disposable cameras for your children, and spend the duration of the holiday season visiting local areas where the children will be able to take photos. There’s no need for the children to strive for perfection or professional quality photographs, the more unique the photos come out, the better! At the end of holiday break, have the images processed and reminisce with your little ones about the different places that you all visited to create these works of art!