Tips and Ideas for Keeping Your Kids Busy During the Holidays

The Holiday season is a magical time of year when storefronts and Richmond, VA homes are transformed with scenes of winter wonder lands, the fragrant scent of cakes and cookies and sounds of … rambunctious children. If you are looking for a way to channel your kids’ extra energy that accompanies this season, here are a few tips and ideas.

Paper Airplanes: Recycle your scraps or pull out the construction paper to build a fleet of paper airplanes. You can find great online video tutorials like this one at Once your collection is complete have a race, launch them from a window, or let them take-off from the staircase.

Try Tie-Dye: It may be a little cold at Richmond, VA homes to do this in the driveway or garage so bring it inside by lining your table with trash bags and newspaper to create a safe surface. This is a great activity for neighborhood kids or a family project. You may even want to use red and green to create themed holiday shirts or pajamas! Here are instructions for a simple, soak-dye method:

Outdoors/Indoors: Recreate your kids’ favorite summer activities by bringing some outdoor games indoors. Make a sand-free sandbox using rice, dried beans, noodles or oatmeal in an under-the-bed box or aluminum-foil roasting pan. You can play a mean game of hoops with balls of wrapping paper scraps and a clean trash bin or empty box! Blow up balloons for a table tennis tournament or a game of keep-away.

Owners of Richmond, VA homes can also take advantage of the numerous holiday activities going on around town to combat cabin fever. Check out the links below to find more details and pricing for family-centric events nearby.

A year with Frog and Toad at The Children’s Theatre of Virginia – November 4th – December 31st. Recommended for children ages 4+ this story follows two friends through four seasons as they learn important life lessons.

Dominion GardenFest of Lights 2011 – Nightly 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM beginning November 25th. With a half-million holiday lights the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is magically transformed into a winter wonderland of fantasy, festivity and family fun.

34th Annual Model Railroad Show at Science Museum of Virginia – Friday, November 25th – Sunday, November 27th. Watch model trains travel through miniature cities, towns and detailed landscapes.

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