It’s cold and dark outside, you’re sitting indoors with the heat turned up and watching a bit of Netflix – not a bad night in, right? Staying inside is often not a choice in the cold so keeping kids engaged is not as simple as going for a walk in the park. The Christmas break is approaching fast and this means you’ve got to find alternative activities to keep them entertained. We’ve made it easy for you and come up with 5 weather friendly options for the whole family to enjoy.
1. ENCOURAGE YOUR CHILD TO SKIP
Skipping is a versatile sport with benefits including improved coordination, balance, spatial awareness and all-round fitness. Find a space indoors and practice your skipping skills with Wicked’s amazing Mega Jump rope. There are two sizes to choose from, the standard 300cm which is great for indoors and single use or you can invest in the 430cm rope and get everyone involved in a double skip competition.
2. TAKE YOUR KIDS TO WESTFIELD
Westfield has something for everyone in the family including food, shopping and plenty of kids’ activities. Kidzania is an indoor city within Westfield Shepherd’s Bush. It allows children to experience a huge range of real-life roles and interact with well known brands. No adults allowed, with the ‘city’ run entirely by kids! It’s a fun place to be with plenty of things to do for those aged between 4-14 and not to worry parents - there’s an adult only zone too where you can sit and relax while they play.
3. TAKE YOUR KIDS BOWLING
Bowling is the one activity that’s stood the test of time. It's likely you enjoyed it as a child too! What better way to bond with the next generation than to appreciate a game you can both play? The competitive element is great for the older kids because there’s nothing wrong with a bit of healthy sibling rivalry.
4. TAKE YOUR KIDS TO THE RECREATION CENTRE
Outdoor sports might be out of the question for now but organising a play date with your child and their best friend at the local recreation centre could be an alternative. Getting involved with futsal, badminton or squash during the winter months ensures the kids are still involved with a team sport. Once again adding in the competitive element often inspires kids to try harder in order to win the game.
5. GO FOR A HIKE – WEATHER PERMITTING
If the rain has stopped, put your thermals on and grab your jacket on the way out – we think going on a family hike is the way to go. Teaching your kids to appreciate the fresh air, trees and notice the colours of the leaves will inspire them to enjoy quality bonding time with the family. It’s important to take time out and immerse yourselves in nature.