January is the start of a new year and the beginning of cabin fever for many families with young kids. If you can't go skiing or sledding outside every day, there are alternatives. You'll be surprised to find out how many fun activities and national celebrations there are throughout the month that makes it more enjoyable than you can imagine.
Revive Indoor Game Days
Your kids don't have to park in front of the television. Bring back real games, and not the ones on your devices. There are plenty of indoor games that will make everyone laugh out loud. From board games to pretend play and creativity exercises, you'll forget you even have a smartphone. If you and your kids can't stay away from the screen, why not create a fun website together. Celebrate your family life with a private online scrapbook.
Sign up for Music Classes
January is prime time to corral your kids into music classes. If they're interested in an instrument, keep them warm playing the piano or guitar. You'll find plenty of programs geared towards younger kids in your area. Not interested in classes? Learn an instrument together at home. There are plenty of do-it-yourself lesson plans online.
Get Organized Together
Your house may feel like it's overflowing with toys now that the holidays are over. Don't wait until the spring thaw to get organized. Get a jump on decluttering in January when it's easier to be inside than outside. Make way for the new toys by clearing out some of the old. Together, organize all of those photos you took over the holidays. It'll be easier to find on your computer when you need them. Plus, it'll be a blast to look back on holiday photos together as a family.
Volunteer in Your Community
Many organizations have a continual need for volunteers, even after the holidays. Pick out age-appropriate volunteering opportunities together with your kids. Start calling around and you'll soon find a place to give your time.
Take Day Trips
Avoid cabin fever and get away, even it's just for a day. Take a day trip to an indoor water park if there's one near your area. Whether it's just the day or you stay overnight, a road trip is always an adventure. Winter is an ideal time to go on vacation with your kids because prices for most destinations and attractions plummet because it's off-season.
National Month-Long Celebrations
January is a month for celebration. Use these national celebrations to fill up the month with related activities to entertain your kids. Here are three national celebrations that'll keep your family busy.
- National Hobby Month in January means there are craft stores and hobby stores holding events so you can spend quality time having fun.
- National Soup Month means it's soup party time when you can create a family soup-of-the-day recipe book.
- National Oatmeal Month is a great time to cook up some creative oatmeal recipes, including cookies.
National Day-Long Celebrations
Just about every day in January is cause for another special celebration. Here's a shortened list of activities for which you can plan events around for your family. Be creative and include recipes, games, and competitions. January will never be the same for you and your family.
- January 4th is National Spaghetti Day and a great time for a pasta cook-off.
- January 5th is National Bird Day and time to hang a bird feeder and go bird watching from your window.
- January 6th is Cuddle Up Day and time to give free cuddles all day long.
- January 8th is Bubble Bath Day and time to experiment with bath bombs and bubbles that leave your skin clean and puckered.
- January 10th is Peculiar People Day, so have the most peculiar people day contest and see who acts and dresses the strangest in your family.
- January 24th is Compliment Day, which means everyone has to give family members a compliment every hour on the hour in writing or in person.
- January 25th is Opposite Day, and you know kids love to do the opposite of everything you say.
- January 27th is Chocolate Cake Day, which means have a chocolate cake bake-off.
- January 31st is Backward Day, which is another kid-favorite, so get ready for some crazy outfits.