Winter Break Blues: Top 10 Things To Do

Winter Break Blues: Top 10 Things To Do

With the school district’s winter break quickly approaching, you may be wondering, “What do we do for the next three weeks?” Never fear! We’ve compiled a handy list of the top-10 things you can do for fun to help stave off boredom and release pent-up energy.

Beat boredom over the long winter break with our top-10 ways to keep children entertained and enriched even when the weather outside is frightful.

Top 10 Winter Activities for Families

1. Take me out to the skate park
Ice skating is a great way for the whole family to have fun. The ice rink at Greater Nevada Field is open seven-days-a-week, featuring dress-up “Character Days” on Sundays. The venue also offers “Winterfest,” a holiday attraction featuring a Christmas train ride and appearances from Santa himself. Get the Details!

2. Write letters to our Troops
Operation Gratitude sends letters from civilians thanking Troops, veterans and first responders for their service. Recipients say these letters, notes and drawings are the most cherished items they receive all year. Check out Operation Gratitude for a downloadable guide on how to write a letter to a service member.

3. Volunteer
The Food Bank of Northern Nevada has wonderful volunteer opportunities for the whole family. Grab the kids and spend some time helping to make a difference in our community. Check the website for days and times, plus specifics like wearing closed-toe shoes. Get Involved.

4. Nevada Museum of Art
Channel your inner Picasso and have fun exploring your artistic side in this one-day, Art Break for Kids workshop. Days vary; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., kids ages 7-12. 

5. Coloring Contest
Host an at-home coloring contest and show off your mad coloring skills. Crayola offers downloadable, cool coloring pages for both kids and adults.

6. KIDS University
KIDS University, located on the University of Nevada, Reno campus, hosts a wide-range of youth camps during winter break at. Camps include Anatomy Academy, KIDS U Zoo and Mischievous Math, to name a few. Camps run from Jan. 8 to Jan. 12. Check out the camp schedule.

7. Elves needed!
Brighten the holidays at The Children’s Cabinet by volunteering time to donate toys, games, gifts for teens, new coats, or gift cards. Every item collected will be distributed to children in the community who would otherwise go without. Find out how you can help.

8. Light Night
Banish a case of the bah-humbugs by visiting one of the many holiday lighting displays or activities around town. From Christmas Lights at the Capitol in Carson City, to the annual Parade of Lights in Hidden Valley to the Singing Santa in Sparks, there’s something sure to set your spirit ablaze. Get Into the Spirit

9. Discover The Discovery Museum
Meet Sue, the largest, most complex, T.rex ever discovered! She’ll be on display through Jan. 15. Also featured are digital, hands-on interactive exhibits that help you uncover Sue’s past and explore the field of paleontology. Let’s Discover!

10. Who’s Got Talent?
This is an activity with so many possibilities, and it’s great for all ages, including the grownups. If you’re working, the kids might put together a show and perform for you later. Or, the whole family could show off their talents for visiting guests. Click here for ideas.