31 Wintery Activities for Families in December

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December is finally here, as hard as it is to believe. Between the holidays and school breaks, we know families are looking for tons of ways to spend time together this month. In between building snowmen and hitting your local sledding hill, try one of these fantastic activities. We’ve got one for each day of the month!

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1. December is all about winter holidays from Hanukkah to Kwanzaa to Christmas. Learn about traditions from other parts of the world like Soyal, Mummers and Junkanoo over dinner.

2. Speaking of winter holidays, make the most of December’s dark night with the country’s most brilliant light displays.

3. Break out activity sheets for a quick family activity during the witching hour.

4. If you’ve never had a potato latke, now’s the time. Learn how to make them with your mini chefs.

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5. Is it science or magic? Discover the answer with the kids when you teach them how to walk on eggshells or balance water on pennies.

6. Put a tiny island of tiny island of 21,000 people on your 2022 travel bucket list as you dream of warmer weather.

7. Plan a winter break trip to a National Park that was made for winter travel.

8. We’re crushing hard on these pipe cleaner peg dolls that start as a craft project and end as a new toy.

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9. Engineer the ultimate paper airplane, then have a race à al Planes.

10. December 1 is Rosa Parks Day. Learn about Rosa and other important figures in Black history with your crew.

11. A lava lamp and fairy fizz are just a few of the potions the kiddos can mix up this month, with a bit of help, of course.

12. Plan a movie night featuring one of our favorite holiday movies for young kids.

13. Got gift cards? Why not put them to good use.

14. Yum! Science never tasted so good.

15. Help the kids make a new friend over winter break.

16. Illustrate life’s funnier moments then share them with family and friends.

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17. Paint brushes are so yesterday. Embrace painting with other objects when the kids have a day off.

18. Living room forts are this month’s hot at-home trend for families. Trust us.

19. Did you know the longest French fry on record is 34” long? Or that Frida Khalo painted 55 self-portraits? Plan a family trivia night with wacky facts we bet you didn’t know.

20. School breaks means more time to cook as a family. Bake a shareable treat this month. Your neighbors will thank you.

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21. Spread a little kindness.

22. Add a new book to your bedtime reading routine. Spoiler alert: we love them all!

23. We think National Brownie Day (yep, it's totally a thing and it's celebrated on December 8) calls for red velvet cheesecake brownies!

24. ‘Tis the season of parties and gatherings. Be prepared with the perfect hostess gift, no matter what the occasion.

25. Assemble a festive, and super kid-friendly charcuterie board for your family gathering or just because.

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26. Textured collages are a great winter break activity and they don’t take too much planning.

27. Make music with your mini musicians. But first DIY instruments using upcycled items you most likely have around the house.

28. Scrumptious slow cooker recipes mean you and the kids have more time to talk (and share!) over dinner prep.

29. Plan a family service event right there in your living room.

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30. Looking to find winter magic out of town? Plan a weekend getaway to one of these totally decked destinations.

31. Plan an epic at-home New Year’s Eve party with the kids. Whether you set off the confetti poppers at noon or midnight, we promise it’ll be memorable.

—Allison Sutcliffe & Gabby Cullen

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