The holiday season is a flurry of activity, celebration and family fun. This is the perfect time of year to gather with our loved ones, enjoy delicious meals and reflect on the year gone by. It is easy to become stressed during the holidays, but never fear! There are lots of creative ways to keep your family active and engaged during the winter and enjoy the holiday season!
Just because the temperature has dropped and there is snow on the ground doesn’t mean we need to stay indoors. Here are some ways to engage your family in winter fun, both indoors and outdoors:
- Create an indoor obstacle course. Use couch cushions, pillows, chairs and blankets to keep kids moving and warm on a cold snow day or weekend morning.
- Host a dance party! Clear the furniture, put on some slippery socks and turn up the tunes. Dance to your heart’s content and finish off with a steaming mug of homemade cocoa.
- If you’re staying in New York City for the holidays, check out the MTA’s annual Holiday Season Nostalgia trains. Thesevintage subway trains run along the Sixth Avenue line from Long Island City, Queens to Lower Manhattan; check them out this Sunday, December 22 from 10 am-5 pm.
- Create and innovate at ReMake the Holidays! Kids can create and explore new ways to re-use and up-cycle existing materials into gifts and gadgets for the holidays.
- Make a treat for the birds: gather a few pinecones from a nearby park. Tie some twine or string in a loop at the top of the pinecone. Spread the pinecone with some nut butter and sprinkle nuts and seeds all over it. Hang in a nearby tree for the birds to snack on and enjoy!
- Venture to the great outdoors for a family stroll or hike in a nearby park or on a trail. Be sure to wear lots of layers and check out these great tips for winter hikes with children.
- Make a homemade bean bag toss to practice throwing and aiming skills, from the comfort of your living room. All you need is a cardboard box, some paint, scissors, tape and bean bags. Check out the how-to here.
- While you’re still feeling creative, take a look at our Pinterest “Winter Fun!” board for more unique crafts and activities.
If you’ve still got energy left after all of these winter adventures and outings, cozy up with your loved ones and bake some yummy and healthy holiday cookies to share!
Red Rabbit Whole Wheat & Cranberry Cookies
- 3 cups whole wheat flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- ¾ cup organic butter
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract or pure orange extract
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ cup cornmeal
- ¾ cup dried cranberries
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup agave nectar or 1 ½ cup brown sugar
- Pinch of salt
- Cream softened butter with agave until well blended. Add one egg at a time until fully incorporated. Add vanilla.
- In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon, cornmeal and salt. Gradually add dry mixture to liquid mixture. Do not over mix.
- Gently fold in dried cranberries. Let mixture rest chilled for 30 minutes.
- Roll into 1” balls and flatten. Place on lined sheet pan.
- At 350°, bake in oven for 7 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven. Cool and enjoy!
Red Rabbit wishes you and your loved ones a happy and healthy holiday season. We hope you enjoy some of these activities with your family and start some of your own new traditions this year. Cheers to a happy and healthy holiday and new year!