Kids are often restless in the heart of winter. Besides the onset of cabin fever due to inclement weather, many months are left in the school year. Count down the minutes until the spring thaw arrives and try these fun things for families to do together in February.
Enjoy Winter Activities Together
Depending on where you live, you may have lots of opportunities to enjoy outdoor winter activities such as sledding, snowshoeing, ice skating, skiing, snowboarding, or simply building snow forts and snow sculptures. If snow and ice are rare in your you'll want to capitalize on every chance or plan a short getaway to where you can play in the cold.
Staying in the house doesn't mean the kids have to park it in front of the TV or video game screen. There are plenty of indoor activities for kids that involve active games, pretend play, and creativity exercises. You can also take the kids on a family fun outing to indoor sports such as bowling, indoor roller rinks, and indoor skating rinks.
Plan a Trip
Nothing will warm your family up quicker than planning for a special getaway together. Spring break is just a few weeks away, so now's the perfect time to spend some time brainstorming with your family about where they would like to go when the weather gets warmer. Make vacation planning a family activity, look at all of the fun attractions you can visit online, and take advantage of early bird deals by booking now.
Valentine's Day Fun
Celebrate Valentine's Day with your children all month long. Create Valentine's crafts, such as the I Love You photo collage or the I Ruff You foam dog. Plan a Valentine’s Day party, make party supplies with your printer, and play Valentine's Day-themed party games.
Slip in a history lesson on this holiday. Teach kids about Presidents' Day, the first federal holiday established in honor of an American citizen, with fun activities that teach your children all about this important day.
American History Month
Speaking of history, February is also American History Month. Find out what happened on this date in history to teach your kids something new today.
Black History Month
Learn about Harriet Tubman, Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks and other key people who made a difference. Even younger children can embark on this learning journey through age-appropriate printables and activities.
American Heart Month
Keep your family fit during American Heart Month. Teach kids how the heart works, learn about the heart's anatomy, and gauge your family's target heart rates. Plan family workout activities to get the recommended amount of physical activity for heart health.
National Children's Dental Health Month
Take care of those teeth. Children's Dental Health Month is the perfect time to re-examine your child's dental habits. Whether you're preparing for your child's first visit to the dentist or you're teaching older kids to brush and floss properly, there are plenty of children's dental printables and activities to make your job easier.
National Snack Food Month
Use February's National Snack Food Month to teach your kids about healthy eating habits. Start by preparing healthy snacks kids will love or shake things up with some healthy smoothie recipes kids will love.
International Friendship Month
Celebrate International Friendship Month by helping kids show their appreciation for their friends. Kids can write thank you cards to their pals or you can help them make new friends.
National Cherry Month
Step into the kitchen and cook with your kids. Prepare some cherry recipes together for a bushel of fun. You won't have any seasonally ripe cherries in the house (those will come in the summer). The month was established due to the legend about George Washington and the cherry tree, and serves to show that cherry products are available year-round. You can get creative with a cherry blossom craft as well.
National Embroidery Month
Take up a new hobby with your kids. Learn embroidery together for some quality one-on-one time.
National Grapefruit Month
The fruit that is packed with vitamin C gets its own time in the spotlight during the month of February. Cut open a grapefruit and share it with your children as a snack or as part of your family's breakfast.
National Wild Bird Feeding Month
Here's a fun hobby to enjoy with your children. Get started birding during National Wild Bird Feeding Month. Follow a few simple bird watching tips for beginners to get the most out of your family's new hobby.
Responsible Pet Owners' Month
Teach kids how to be responsible pet owners, whether you're a pet parent to a dog, cat or a gerbil. Choosing the right family pet is the first step. Whether you're showing your kids how to take care of dogs properly, teaching them how to bond with cats or helping them learn about exotic pets, being a responsible pet owner is a lifelong commitment.