Keeping kids entertained over an extended holiday can be a challenge, but we’ve got some great ideas for you. If sled riding isn’t possible and the cold is keeping you inside, there are plenty of activities for the whole family that are sure to keep them entertained. We’re sure a good book is the perfect remedy, but in case you need other ideas, here are ours!
Staying In Town?
If you live near the William E. Durr branch, check out our listings for School’s Out Movies! We have lots of showings for the whole family. We supply the popcorn, so just bring yourself and a drink and let us take care of the rest! Register by following the link above or calling 859-962-4031.
All movies will begin at 1:00 PM.
12/26 Despicable Me 2
12/27 Grown Ups 2
12/31 Monsters Inc. & Monsters University
1/2 Smurfs 2
1/3 The Croods
I’m really into crafting, and Christmas is the perfect time to try out new ideas and give them as one-of-a-kind gifts. There are so many fun craft ideas on Pinterest; you could stay busy for days.
Paper crafts for Christmas by Randel McGee
Christmas Crafts by Jean Eick
Kids in the Holiday Kitchen: Making, Baking, Giving by Jessica Strand
Step-by-Step crafts for Winter by Kathy Ross
Going to a cookie swap or have a lot of baking to do for a Christmas party? Involve the kids! You’ll not only invoke their creative abilities, but also keep them entertained.
The Great Christmas Cookie Swap Cookbook: 60 Large-Batch Recipes to Bake and Share by Good Housekeeping
The Big Book of Cookies by Betty Crocker
Christmas Cookies: 50 Recipes to Treasure for the Holiday Season (EBook) by Lisa Zwirn
Usborne Christmas Baking for Children by Fiona Patchett
Cool Cookies & Bars: Easy Recipes for Kids to Bake by Pam Price
Going Out of Town?
Two words: Audio books! Check out a Playaway View—a pre-loaded video player with audio that’s great for keeping children entertained. We have dozens of them on all kinds of subjects; from animated storybooks that appeal to young children and non-fiction titles for older children. Audio books are a great way to keep your whole family occupied during a long car ride. Here’s a list of my top five family-friendly audio books for long car trips:
City of Ember by Jean DuPrau
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
Holes by Loius Sachar
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg
The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
Just because the kids are out of school for an extended holiday doesn’t mean they have be bored. Be sure to stock up on library books before break begins so they’ll have plenty of reading (or viewing) material to keep them happy!
How will you be keeping your children busy over the holiday break? Comment below and let us know!