Fun, Family Winter Activities


Does the cold weather have you hunkered in at home?  Are you getting the non-stop “I’m bored” whining coming from your kids?  I know that whine all too well, so in recent winter’s passed I decided to do something about it.  I gathered a group of ideas and my family and I try to implement them each and every year to stave off the boredom, while having fun as a family.  My favorite part though, is that we are creating life-long memories that we are all going to cherish.

Here are some of our favorite winter activities:


Christmas lights tour – It is the holidays after all, and what would the holidays be without some glorious Christmas lights?  We live in Oregon and have some really great Christmas light displays available to us within an hour’s drive or so (I created a list of my favorite Oregon Christmas light displays here).  We like to fill up two thermos’ one with coffee for myself (hubby doesn’t drink coffee so it’s all for me!!) and one filled with hot cocoa for the kids and drive around enjoying the beautiful, colorful displays.  We actually do this several times throughout December as it’s just not possible to hit them all in even one or two nights.

Family Gingerbread House Contest – Last year we got together with my husbands family, which includes my husband’s dad and his brother and sister and their families’.  Each family had their own Gingerbread House Kit and decorated it in competition with the other families.  There was no big prizes and no it wasn’t a heated competition, just great fun!  My favorite part was watching all of the kids working so hard to make their houses perfect.

Craft Time – Arts and crafts are always a fun way to spend time when you can’t go out in the cold.  Even if you are not super creative (that’s me), there are lots of fun things to do!  My kids really like doing this Word Search and coloring in Christmas coloring books.



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has someone asked for a new tablet for Christmas?  I have just found the deal for you, but I don’t know how long it will last so grab it now!   Amazon has the Fire HD6 currently priced at just $69.99, down from $99.99!  Plus, you can use promo code FIREHD6  to get an extra $20 off making it just $49.99, which is the lowest price ever on this tablet!

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We bought one of these for our son when they first came out 2 years ago and he still plays and reads on it almost daily.  He has had absolutely no issues with it whatsoever and he’s a 9 year old boy.  That says a lot to me about it’s durability!

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ALEX Toys Little Hands Play Mat Just $6.50 {Was $21}


Do you have an infant on your Christmas shopping list?  Right now at Amazon, you can get this ALEX Toys Little Hands Play Mat for just $6.50, down from its regular price of $21!

  • Carrying tote and play mat, perfect for car trips, days out, and at home
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LEGO Friends Advent Calendar Building Kit (218 Piece) – $21.59 {Was $30}


Have you been wanting to get your kids an advent calendar?  Right now at Amazon, you can pick up this LEGO Friends Advent Calendar Building Kit (218 Piece) – $21.59 {Was $30}.  This is a great deal on a LEGO calendar as we rarely see discounts on them!

  • Features 24 gifts, each enclosed in its own compartment in a LEGO Friends holiday-themed calendar
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  • Collect 24 buildable surprises including musical instruments, microphone and DJ decks, a hamster, fireplace, snowman and ice skates
  • Includes Emma and Naomi mini-doll figures
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Shopkins S5 Mega Pack Just $10!


If you have kids at home, you have undoubtedly hear of Shopkins.  They are all the rage this year and right now at Amazon, you can get this Shopkins S5 Mega Pack for just $10, down from $14.99!

  • 4 Petkin Backpacks Included
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Gift of The Day! Amazon’s New Holiday Promotion! Get a Kindle with Verso Prologue Cover and Power Adapter for just $77 Shipped Today!

Have you seen this new Holiday Promotion at Amazon?  They are having an Electronics Gift of the Day, a new gift every day for 60 days. Today you can get this Kindle with Verso Prologue Cover and Power Adapter for just $77 shipped! That is almost $50 less than if you bought them separately.

This price is good today only.

Beautiful Dragonfly Pendant Just $1.39 Shipped!

Do you have any dragonfly lovers on your Christmas shopping list?  Check out this beautiful Classic vintage Bronze dragonfly pendant necklace chain that you can get for just $1.39 shipped to your door! This makes a cute and inexpensive stocking stuffer! This would also be great to have around for those surprise guests that show up at the holidays, so that you have a gift ready for them as well.

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