Activities to Help Beat the Winter Blues

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It’s that time of year again!

Right now, nothing sounds better than hot cocoa by the fire. It sounds comfy and cozy…until you see your kids running a muck and wonder what in the world can be done to stop it!

You’re in luck!

I have some tips, tricks, and places to go in Omaha to beat the winter blues. Here are some places around town to take your kiddos for a fun day or night out to let out some of that pent-up energy.

Omaha Children’s Museum 

This is a place my children always love to go! There are a variety of activities, shows, and interactive ‘toys’ to keep them busy. One of my favorite rooms is the grocery center where kids can shop for food and play cashier. The museum also has exhibits on the top level of the building that are constantly changing. The greatest part about OCM is it’s full of learning experiences, too!

Henrly Doorly Zoo

The zoo isn’t only for the warmer months. It can also be fun during the winter season, too! Visit the buildings where you can stay cozy and warm while still seeing some awesome animals. You can catch a movie in the Lozier Theater, check out the monkeys in the Lied Jungle, or view some of the deserts most famous friends to name a few!

Urban Air Adventure Park  

This is one of the newer attractions in Omaha that boasts a room full of wall-to-wall trampolines, a tube playground, a warrior course, rock climbing, and more. The smaller children will have a blast climbing through the tubes while the older kids complete the ropes course! 

The Wonder Nook

Sign your children up for class sessions at The Wonder Nook where they are able to CREATE! There are a variety of classes offered for many age groups. Whether your little wants to act as a chef or splash in some water, there are options for all.

Kids and DIY Workshops at The Home Depot 

“Kids workshops provide a lively environment mixing skill-building, creativity, and safety for future DIYers.” These classes are offered on select Saturdays at your local store with different projects for each class. And…it’s FREE!

GO! Kids Gym 

If you have younger kiddos, this is the perfect place to visit. During open gym time, your children can jump on a trampoline, into a foam pit, run through the playground, or play on a variety of equipment. The gym also offers classes.

Need More Ideas?

Check out our Indoor Play Area Guide from last year! Depending on your age of kiddo or even type activity, I’m sure you can find it here!

If the weather is too nasty or you just don’t feel like getting out of your home, here are some activities you can do with your child to keep them busy and entertained.

  • Build a fort. If you don’t want to make a mess with pillows and blankets, Amazon has this awesome AirFort to play in. All you need is a box fan.
  • Slide down your stairs in sleeping bags/pillow cases. If you’re brave!
  • Little Tikes Inflatable Bounce HouseInvest in this fun toy to burn off that energy!
  • Stained Glass Window Art.  Things you will need: Large piece of paper or cardboard, Colored cellophane (as many different colors as you like), Pencil, Scotch tape, Scissors, Stencils (optional)
  • Spider Web made of masking tape. Take masking tape and make a web in a door frame. Crumple up newspaper and take turns throwing the balls into the web. Whoever gets the most to stick wins!
  • Magic Milk. Things you will need: Bowl, Milk, Food Coloring, Q-Tips, Dish Soap
  • Paint Snow. When it snows, put fresh snow in a baking dish and paint  it with water colors!
  • Fluffy Slime (Borax Free)Things you will need: Contact Lens Solution, Shaving Cream, Water, Elmer’s Glue, Food Coloring, Baking Soda
  • Puffy SnowflakesWhat you will need: Elmer’s Glue, Shaving Cream, Glitter, Snowflake Templates on Card-stock
  • Science ExperimentsHere are 50 kid-friendly science experiments that can be done with household items.

What kinds of activities do you like to do with your kids to keep busy during the winter? 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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jaimeemartin
Jaimee was born and raised in Omaha. She is the wife to handsome Bret, and stay-at-home mom to three beautiful boys, Cooper (November 2012)) Crue (January 2015), and Cade (June 2018). She is also a "dog momma" to Mitzy (Poo-chi), Bentley (Yorkie), and Chloe (Yorkie). In her spare time, Jaimee loves to write and catch up on her favorite television shows, which consists mostly of reality T.V. She attended UNO where she received a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education. Jaimee hopes to return to the world of teaching once all of her boys are in grade school. Jaimee and her family are self-proclaimed Disney fanatics and enjoy anything that deals with Mickey Mouse.