It does not matter how old your kids are, you want to make Christmas Break special, memorable, fun, and unique each year, at least I do. I have been doing it for 15 years for my daughter since day one, and I love it. My job is to introduce new things according to her interests and age, and her job is to accept it, reject it, or suggest something else she would like to explore. We both have to enjoy the activities, otherwise, there would be no point to do them together.
Here are my top five picks of educational activities for kids of any age:
1) Visit to The Art Institute of Chicago is one of my favorite pastimes.
There are so many different activities for children of different ages, especially, during holidays. There are tea parties for little children as small as three years old, art classes for six years old and beyond, children’s library, and exhibits targeting different interests and age groups. Also, there are family nights, shows, and lectures to choose from.
2) Attending great performances at upscale theaters, such as: The Chicago Theatre, Goodman, Oriental, and Shakespeare Theater, to name a few.
I always choose different performances; we never go for repeats. We are not the sticklers of one particular genre, or one particular theater. The topic of the play is a deal breaker for both of us. We enjoy opera, ballet, drama, and comedy, as long as they are intellectually stimulating and fun.
3) Skating and skiing are great winter sports a whole family can enjoy.
I always took my daughter skating to outdoor or indoor rinks. Recently, she mentioned that she wants to try skiing this winter; I have to think of the best spot to do so, yet.
4) Going to the movies is always fun, especially, if it is a good one and liked by both of you.
Hollywood Boulevard Cinema is one of my favorite places to go, because you can enjoy dinner and a movie at once. Also, I love the atmosphere of the old Hollywood stardom.
5) Visit to a bookstore, where you can sit down with a book and a cup of coffee and a dessert (Barnes & Noble currently and sadly is the only choice remaining).
My daughter and I used to spend hours at these types of bookstores. She would calmly explore the kiddies section of books and toys, while I would browse through magazines and books of my interests, and at the end, we will find the table to sit down and enjoy: she – her chocolate chip cookie and iced tea; I – mocha and a dessert.
I hope all the above will help you to enjoy your winter break to the fullest. Happy Holidays!