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Things To Do With The Kids On A Snow Day in Abilene

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It doesn’t snow or sleet much here in Abilene. But, when it does, it usually  delays or closes up a lot of businesses and schools. If you’re not prepared for the snow day, you could get some serious cabin fever as the kids go absolutely nuts because there is “nothing to do”. So let’s look at some ways to remedy the situation with things to do with the kids on a snow day. 


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Teach The Kids To Cook Or Bake

 
 

If they have not already learned how to cook or bake something, having a snow day might be the perfect opportunity to teach them. Growing up, I had 3 generations to learn from as my Mom, Grandma, and my Great Grandma all were awesome cooks, constantly sharing recipes with each other and passing their knowledge on to us kids. I learned, at a very early age, how to make all sorts of things ranging from lasagna to something simple like a grilled cheese sandwich. Today, I consider myself a pretty good cook thanks to my parents. Whether it's teaching them how to cook a meal or bake cookies or a cake, you will be teaching your kids something in life that they will definitely need, and you'll be be creating memories that will last a lifetime. Just make sure the fire extinguisher is close by.

 
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Watch A Movie

 
 

This is an easy one here because you're not actually having to do anything and you can just kick back on your rear end and relax. Make sure the movie is one the kids actually want to watch or they will be upset and, once again, you'll get the ol' stink eye from the spouse. You can be lazy and the kids get to watch something they think is cool - everybody wins. Pop some popcorn, throw on some hot chocolate and pop in a movie. At my house, we have Suddenlink video on demand, so it's easy to get a movie whether it's an old classic or a new release. I have been known to break out the old VCR, though I do get a little flack from the kids on the quality of the video. In fact, I have 'Christmas Vacation' on video cassette, which the kids have happily seen 10 or 12 times a year. Here are a few family movie ideas.

 
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Play Games

 
 

These days, kids have a variety of electronic entertainment from the Nintendo DS and iPods, to game consoles and even just their cell phones. If you want them to "unplug" a little bit, break out some old school Monopoly, Candyland or simply play cards. Heck, teach them how to play Texas Hold 'em and maybe one day they'll make it big in Vegas and take care of you for the rest of your life. If you're cool with the electronics, play them in some Guitar Hero or something, even if you get your butt kicked like I do. What is it with kids today? I used to rule on video games, but my kids kill me every time. Anyway, whether it's making up a game, playing a classic board game or throwing down on some Playstation 3 or Xbox 360, play some games with the kiddos. Honestly, it doesn't matter if you win or lose, it's just the time you spend with them that's cool.

 
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Play In The Snow

 
 

Duh. It goes without saying that the kids want to play in the snow. Go out and play with them. Build a cool snowman, have a snowball fight or make snow angels. Just make sure they are bundled up tight, as well as yourself, and go outside and have a blast. One cool game you can do is an 'Ice Cube Scavenger Hunt'. Basically, it's like an Easter egg hunt but you use ice cubes. Just take food coloring and freeze the cubes with whatever color you want, hide them, and let the kids go nuts. You can also make snow ice cream. Just use clean snow, of course, put in a little sugar, milk, maybe some food coloring and you can put vanilla extract to make vanilla snow ice cream. I like to put peppermints and grind them up and mix with the snow. Again, make sure the snow is not dirty.

 
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Decorate or Redecorate

 
 

Whether it's the Holiday season, or just simply rearranging a room, you can get together with the kids and re-decorate.The kids will dig the time you spend with them. One of my daughters likes to change her room around every few months, for some reason, and usually that means I'm moving shelves, furniture, etc. But, it's something to do with the kid and they'll make you do it anyway in a few months so you might as well do it now.

 

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