Growing up as the daughter of a Chemistry professor my winter breaks involved trips to Middlebury College to grow colbalt crystals and bedtime stories about Willy the Water Molecule. Once a 🤓 always a Nerd …. With the sub-zero temperatures this holiday break, and a looming “bomb cyclone” it seemed like a perfect time to share some indoor adventures. As a Vermonter, I am a huge advocate of outside play no matter what the weather (with the right gear) but this week’s temps forced us indoors.Echo Vermont/Children’s Museums We LOVE Echo Vermont, http://www.echovermont.org/, a children’s museum in Burlington. We purchased a family membership which was only $120 and considered a tax deductible donation (worth every penny). The amazing perk is that your membership gets you access to 325+ other museums and science centers through the Association of Science Technology Centers http://www.astc.org/passport/ so if you don’t live in Vermont check the list for a children’s museum in your area. In MA there are 7 locations including the Museum of Science, Boston Children’s Museum, and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. We are traveling to Florida in February and will be checking out the Orlando Science Center (among other things) 😉
Library Your local public library is an amazing resource on frigid days. Our kids love to play with the train table, computers, and check out books. Parker gets super excited/nervous every time we check out books because the librarians will give him stamps on each hand if he stands at the checkout counter wiggling long enough. Most libraries will offer discounted tickets to local museums (like Echo), Zoos, and other local children’s adventures. I even grabbed a few blogging books because whoa there is a lot to learn. A final discovery this break is that you can borrow DVDs which opened up a whole new world for our 4 year old. His new favorite movie is Frozen and he spent countless hours acting out the opening ice cutting scene (Bonus!)Indoor Pool Our town happens to have an amazing family pool called the Swimming Hole http://theswimmingholestowe.com/, complete with waterslide and zero entry kids section. We like to go early in the morning to have the space to ourselves and get out of the house. I would recommend looking up local YMCAs, or even check with local hotels as many offer memberships or a daily rate to use their indoor facilities.Science Experiments The boys received the book Apples-Bubbles-Crystals which is full of kids science experiments for Christmas. The experiments all use basic household items (ie. tinfoil, cloth, ice cubes, rubber bands). Balloons were in many of them and luckily I still have a stockpile left over from Parker’s monthly balloon photos for his first year. The boys loved watching them be blown up, making them squeak, and letting the air out so they fly around the room.Washing Machine Random, I know, BUT the laundry right now is out of control so I started having the boys “help” me bring the loads to the washing machine. My 1.5 year old LOVES to push the buttons and literally cheers on the washing machine like it’s a sporting event and my 4 year old was playing a game of “I Spy” spotting his Jammies as they whirled around. Based on the machine timer I got a solid 30min out of them for 7 days straight.Midday Bubble Baths I don’t know about you but we generally reserve baths for bedtime, until this week when I was just desperate for indoor activities. Add a few bubbles if you want to get real crazy and don’t forget to lather your little ones in moisturizing lotion when they get out.
What indoor adventures have you tried recently?? You can never have too many tricks up your sleeve going into another frigid weekend!