With Christmas a mere week away, for many families it also brings with it the last week of school. Though the big day is spoken for, many children are off from school for at least a week with little to do.
Once they’ve finished playing with their toys, and the sheen of new gifts wears off, as parents, you run the risk of hearing the dreaded, “I’m bored”. We’ve rounded up some fun Christmas activities to keep your kids occupied right up until they go back to school.
See a Christmas Themed Play or Movie
There’s no doubt your kids (and hopefully you) are excited for Christmas, so why not ramp up that excitement and see a Christmas classic on stage or on screen. Your local theatre most likely will have a production of The Nutcracker or maybe even A Christmas Carol.
Seeing the performance(s) will get all of you in the Christmas spirit, as well as give your children an appreciation for the performing arts. Looking for a low budget option? There’s always curling up on the couch at home and watching your favourite Christmas movie on television or from your DVD collection.
Seeing Santa is almost a rite of passage. Though the long lines at the mall can be a little discouraging, especially for impatient little ones, Santa symbolizes Christmas. It provides a great photo opportunity, especially since kids grow up so fast.
As your kids age, how they view Christmas changes, so it’s important to capture this brief time in your child’s imagination.
Christmas or Winter Carnival or Festival
Most communities put on some sort of Christmas related event. They usually involve sweet treats, fun rides, skating, and lots of Christmas lights and decorations. Armed with hot chocolate (with marshmallows), your child will have an excellent time, and it’ll be an event that they’ll rememeber for years.
Bonus: New Year’s Eve
New Year’s Celebrations are of course part of the Christmas holiday! Whether you’ve already got a get together planned or not, spend the 31st making a time capsule. Gather photos, report cards, and any other momentos that capture the success of that year into a box.
The following year, open it up and reflect on the year that’s passed. Putting together your time capsule will have you and your family documenting the years that often pass by too fast. It’s a fun activity to record your families history.
Tell us your favourite Christmas activities for kids in the comments! Still looking for last minute gift ideas? Shop our Holiday Gift Guide for Kids!