How to Beat the Winter Blues! Scavenger Hunt Winner!
For those of you who are knee deep in snow and feeling the winter blues it is time to put on your Sorels and head out for some winter fun! The “winter blues” are characterized by the mild depression, lack of motivation, and low energy that many people experience during this cold season. Here are some sure fire ways to Beat The Winter Blues and have fun doing so! Play in the Snow – grab a toboggan, throw on your winter boots and get the kids ready for the hills. Even if its just in your own backyard – the snow can be a pile of fun! Don’t forget snow ball fights, snow angels and making snowmen! Grab your skates – head to a local outdoor rink and enjoy some skating with your family. It is fun activity that keeps you warm and is also a great form of exercise! If it is too cold for you outside, check out your local indoor inks most of them have family skate times available on the weekends. Our favorite way to spend a Saturday night is to head to our local outdoor rink- try to find ones that have lights and music (makes for a great night) Feeling like an adventure? Head to your local pond and shovel off the perfect skating rink! Be Adventurous – remember when you were a kid, trying something new and exciting with your parents was always a treat. Why not try snowshoeing – it is a great activity and easy even for beginners. Several outdoor companies offer half and full day excursions as well as snowshoe rentals. It is a great way to get exercise and expose your children to a new adventure. Snow Painting- This white snow getting to you?? Have some fun and get creative! All you need is a few water bottles with a squirt top, some water and food coloring and some snow. Fill each bottle with water and some food coloring and let your kids become snow artists. Build a Snow Fort- If you have lots of snow, it can be fun to build a snow shelter like an igloo or fort,this can be done on your front lawn and provide hours of entertainment for your kids. Keep Warm- Hibernating is great for the first week but too much of it gets boring and can lead to rangy and mischievous children! Prepare for a snow day by renting lots of new movies, stocking up on popcorn and building an indoor fort for movie night! Tips for outdoor success!
- Always have a backpack filled with snacks
- Bring along a large sized thermos filled with hot chocolate and marshmallows (don’t forget a couple of extra cups for the kids)
- Extra pairs of dry gloves and socks for a quick clothing change (nothing ruins a fun day outside like a pair of freezing cold wet feet)
- Kleenex or wipes on hand
- Camera ready to capture those perfect family moments
Most importantly remember that Winter is only here for a few months and though it may seem long it can also be fun! Get out and enjoy all the beauty that the Winter season has to offer. Congratulations to Rachael L (comment #22). Please email Diane@ptpamedia.com to arrange your night out! COMMENT BELOW ON HOW YOU BEAT THE WINTER BLUES AND YOU COULD WIN A DATE NIGHT OUT ($150 VALUE)!!