School is almost out for winter break! Everyone will likely be busy with holiday gatherings, visiting family, and playing with new gifts. After a few days, or whenever those new toys run out of batteries, you might be looking for something to do. Here is our list of 30 family activity ideas to keep the fun going and hopefully prevent any boredom from sinking in!

  1. Bake cookies
  2. Teach your kids how to play cards
  3. Have a dance party
  4. Build a fort
  5. Watch a movie or show in the fort
  6. Go on a nature walk in your backyard
  7. Make obstacle courses (bonus- have your kids help build them!)
  8. Make ice candles
  9. Visit an area park for a family stroll or hike at Loantaka Brook Reservation, Giralda Farms, Briant Park, or the Great Swamp
  10. Have a holiday movie marathon
  11. Make a smiling snowman
  12. Make bird feeders
  13. Go bowling
  14. Stroll through Mall at Short Hills, let the kids explore at Indigo and head to lunch at Primo Mercato
  15. Have family reading time
  16. Build a snowman outside
  17. Donate old toys and clothes
  18. Play pretend grocery store, kitchen, veterinarian, doctor, etc.
  19. Make a box road
  20. Make gingerbread houses (you can use graham crackers too!)
  21. Visit Turtle Back Zoo to see the Christmas lights
  22. Look at pictures from the past year
  23. Go sledding
  24. Play indoor mini golf
  25. Play a family game (we love Yahtzee!)
  26. Go indoor rock climbing
  27. Do a new puzzle
  28. Check out the lights and decorations downtown in Madison, Chatham and Summit (and #shoplocal while you’re there!)
  29. Make paper snowflakes
  30. Make hot chocolate from scratch

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