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What to Do During Winter Break

Your child might have anywhere from one to two weeks off this winter. What to do with all this time? The holidays can be quite stressful and many of us will be glad when it’s over. But, don’t let the stress take away from the time you get to spend with your family. If you’re looking for things to do, here are a few ideas that won’t break the bank.

Ice Skating

It’s inexpensive and most towns have rinks somewhere close to them. For activities like this, check Groupon Local. Small business operations are always looking to take advantage of holiday breaks or days off. And if you catch Groupon on the right day, you can score an extra 20% off your Groupon! It’s a coupon on top of a coupon! If this becomes a regular thing, you can always buy a pair of second hand skates to get through the winter.

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Go to the Movies

This is an obvious one, but some of the best movies of the year come out in December. This is because of the holiday push and ALSO because it’s close to award season. Those at the end of the year tend to do better. Check out our movie page to find a local deal. We are super excited about Sing and the rest of the movies out this season.

Get Active

Check out indoor rock climbing, swimming, or trampoline parks. Your kids (and you) might need to blow off some steam! At some trampoline parks, adults jump free. Check out the fine print.

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At least one day can be devoted to cleaning…your kids are getting new stuff (and maybe you are too) so it’s time to chuck the clutter. Each person can have a job, or area of the house. The reward might be baking cookies, or an ice cream outing, depending on what works for your family. Don’t think your spouse may not need a reward for all that hard work.


Designate a few hours each day for quiet time, meaning no screen time. Turn off the tv and hide the phones. Encourage reading for the whole family, or if that doesn’t work, family game time. Maybe it’s cards or charades, or maybe it’s reading and sharing about your book. It sounds kind of corny, but it can foster a lot of cool discussions and positive family and/or learning experiences.

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