7 Things to do with the Kids over the Holidays…

7 Things to do with the Kids over the Holidays…

It takes months and months of planning and preparation, and within a few short hours the “big day” is all over for another year. People often talk about the “day after Christmas feeling”, and it’s experienced by children and adults as well, but it doesn’t need to be that way.

I recently read a short article where teachers commented on the stories they hear when kids return to school in January. Rarely do kids report on the gifts they received, but more often tell stories about the time they spent with their parents and extended family during the break. With a little creativity and at little or no cost, you can extend the holiday feeling by spending time with your children!

Here are some great ideas you might want to consider doing with your family during the Christmas break.

Skating: The local arenas in Almonte, Pakenham and Carleton Place have organized public skate events, either sponsored by a local business or the township, offering free public skating during the holidays. Check their websites to confirm dates and times www.mississippimills.ca/en/play/skating or www.carletonplace.ca/arena.php .

Swimming: Just because you haven’t gone south for the holiday, doesn’t mean you can’t take the family swimming. Nothing burns off a little extra energy (and calories) than a couple of hours splashing in the pool. (It might even make the kids tired!) Check the Christmas Swim Schedule at the Carleton Place Pool for dates and times for their free, sponsored, public swims. www.carletonplace.ca/photos/custom/Christmas%20swim%20sch%202019.pdf

Bring in New Year’s Eve with kids of all ages: Why not ring in the new year with Beckwith’s New Years Eve Family Fireworks, beginning at 4:00 p.m.? The Beckwith Township Council will be hosting this FREE event at Beckwith Park. There will be horse-drawn sleight rides, a bonfire, free skating, and fireworks begin at 6:00 p.m. The canteen will be open in the Recreation Complex, or take your own thermos of hot chocolate with snacks. If you plan this right, you can still be home and in bed before 10:00!

Free Movie Event at the Almonte Town Hall: The Almonte Town Hall will be hosting free movies on Thursday, December 27th and Thursday, January 3rd, at 1:00 p.m., the Mississippi Mills Recreation Centre is showing “Home Alone” on the 27th, and “Small Foot” on the 3rd. A great chance to get out of the house and watch something on the big screen!

Sledding & Hot Chocolate: This will certainly be more fun if you invite another family to join you. Grab the sleds or the saucers or crazy carpets AND the kids, and head to Gemmill Park in Almonte (the big hill behind the arena), for an afternoon or early evening of sledding. The fresh air will ensure everyone has a great sleep. Take a thermos of hot cocoa with you to enjoy on the hill or invite your friends back to your home for a snack. It’s also a great way to get rid of the Christmas baking before the new year resolutions hit!Stay indoors and play Board Games all day: AND stay in your pj’s all day long! I remember long ago spending a day in the basement rec-room with my family, playing “Monopoly” and “Clue” and working on a 1,000 piece jig-saw puzzle. We even got to eat dinner in front of the television!

Invite another family in for a Pot-Luck Dinner: Sometimes the last minute, impromptu invites work out to be the most fun. No planning for the perfect meal or preparing the house, just a get-together with the adults and children. Spending time together with people whose company you enjoy is more important than having the perfect meal. Who cares if you have 2 desserts and no vegetables? It’s the company that matters more.

How ever you decide to celebrate this holiday season, I wish you and yours a very happy, healthy holiday and wishes for an amazing 2019!

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