4 ways to beat boredom over winter break

The holiday season is here in Chicago and parents will soon be dreading the two words that are usually heard several times a day from their kids mouths during the course of a two-week break from school.

“I’m Bored.”

It doesn’t seem to matter how much thought and care goes into selecting gifts that will surely keep them occupied for THE ENTIRE LENGTH OF THE SCHOOL BREAK. My kids are usually great until a day or two after all of the holiday gatherings are finished, when the day-to-day living starts to happen again (a.k.a. they aren’t getting presents every day). Then the bickering, drama and general boredom and restlessness begin.

Not this year. I’ve got it covered, and I’m sharing my plan with you:

Go painting

Painted Penguin in Aurora, Color Me Mine in Naperville or PikAPotNPaint in Elmhurst are just a few examples of fun places to take your creative kids. There are a wide variety of dishware, animals, characters, jars and collectibles your kids can paint and it will keep their creative minds working and their hands busy!

Go diving

Indoor Skydiving that is. iFLY in Naperville is an amazing indoor skydiving center where kids ages three and older can experience what it’s like to skydive – without jumping out of a plane!

It’s great fun for kids, teens, parents AND grandparents. Just make sure you make a reservation for your group!

Go jumping

There are a ton of indoor trampoline parks across the western suburbs, and my favorite is Sky Zone Elmhurst. It’s big and bright, the courts are well supervised, and there is a parents observation deck where I can see everything without having to jump myself (although jumping around with my kids IS a lot of fun).

Explore Chicago

We have an amazing city that is a short drive (except in rush hour) or a train ride away. Spend time exploring the new Maggie Daley Ice Skating Ribbon. Check out a museum that fits what your kids are interested in (The Art Institute, Shedd Aquarium, The Museum of Science and Industry and The Field Museum are all favorites of my family). See how adventurous you are by stepping out on The Ledge at Willis Tower or TILT! at John Hancock Observatory.

We live in such an amazing place – Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. Take advantage of the time that the kids are off by exploring things that you may not have time to during the busy school year. Hopefully, this list will help you and your kids have an incredible winter break together. Remember, HAVE FUN!

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