Generally, winter in Rhode Island brings lots of cold and plenty of snow. People tend to stay inside unless shoveling or running errands. There is still plenty to do besides huddling under 5 blankets (I’m working on it, ok?).
- Watch Family Videos: Are there videos of your family that your child has not seen? We have a bunch on VHS (and used VHS players are super cheap online if you need one). You can also convert the VHS tapes to DVDs, if preferred. They could see grandparents, aunts, uncles, and other family members like never before. You could also go through old family photos together, adding new family photos of them into a scrapbook.
- Decorate Cookies: This could get messy, but we don’t use little sprinkles anymore…just frosting and mini marshmallows/chocolate chips. This could keep some kids busy for an entire afternoon – especially if there are cookie cutter shapes involved!
- Go Tubing: Yawgoo Valley is not too long of a drive from Warwick. It costs $15.00 for each 50-minute session, tube included. They are open on weekends starting at 10AM, but you do need to be at least 42-inches tall (no age requirement) in order to participate. Be sure to dress warm, since you will be outside for about an hour or more.
- Providence Children’s Film Festival: You can mark your calendars in advance for the Providence Children’s Film Festival which takes place February 11-26th. There will be workshops for children ages 6-14 on February 11th and 12th. Filmmakers from around the world will be featured; around 16-feature length films and 75 short films are shown each year at this festival. Since there are both free and ticketed events, it’s best to get your hands on the schedule early when it is posted in January.
- Make a Fort: As an adult, I’m guilty of still doing this for fun. You can make a fort out of so many things (if you really don’t want to make a fort, you can buy one). Drape blankets over furniture and watch the magic unfold. If you make the fort big enough, you can have a movie night or sleepover inside.
- Themed Movie Nights: Themed movie nights are fun for everyone. Kids can dress up like their favorite character and act along. You could make spaghetti and meatballs to enjoy while watching The Lady and The Tramp. Everyone could gather all the dog stuffed animals to watch 101 Dalmatians. You could have a themed movie night each week until winter is over and spring is here again!