“I’m Bored!” – Ideas for Curing Cabin Fever
The winter weather often keeps us inside more than we’d like, and chances are, by now your kids are getting a little restless. What can you do to cure this case of cabin fever before it reaches epidemic proportions? When the movies have all been watched, the video games played and nothing seems to do the trick, break out these boredom-busting ideas to help everyone get through these cooped-up days.
- Go to a museum.
Museums are often the best-kept secrets in any given city. There’s a whole world to discover and the best part is – it’s indoors! Take some time to research the different types of museums that are available in your local area, and then plan a family field trip to the museum of your choice. Whether you choose an art, science, historical or other type of museum, you’ll probably discover some things you never knew before, and you may even spark an entirely new area of interest for your kids to begin exploring.
- Visit your local library.
Another world of adventure and learning awaits families who make their local library a regular go-to resource. Little kids can explore colorful and vibrantly illustrated books on all kinds of topics, teens can find a new series to immerse themselves in, and grown-ups can enjoy discovering new fiction and non-fiction authors they’ve never heard of before. Not only that, but many libraries offer a special area for kids to work with various learning stations to really keep their minds stimulated on a dreary day.
- Put on a talent show.
You can have the next episode of “America’s Got Talent” right in your living room! Put on a homegrown talent show and let everyone show off their special skills for the most supportive audience ever. Whether it’s dancing, singing, juggling, putting on a skit, or performing magic tricks, everyone can rehearse and prepare for their number, and then come together after dinner for the show. Don’t forget to keep your video camera or smartphone handy to document the awesome performance.
- Go on an escape room experience.
If you’re ready for an exhilarating, outside-of-the-box adventure, try taking the family to an escape room experience. Part video-game-style adventure, part scavenger hunt and part detective mystery, an escape room is designed to put your family’s problem-solving skills to the test in order to escape a locked room within 60 minutes.
Houdini’s Room Escape, the uber-popular Cincinnati escape room venue, offers three different themed rooms, each of which features a distinct set of clues that you will be tasked to discover in order to figure out how to find the key that unlocks the door. Your family will enjoy the opportunity to employ their most adept Sherlock Holmes-style skills, and enjoy an adrenaline-infused adventure while they work to escape the room before time runs out!
- Play some classic games.
As the winter weather rages outside, why not bring out a few classic board games? You can engage in a chess tournament for the ages, or attempt to buy up the world in a fun round of Monopoly. If board games aren’t your thing (or if the kids have lost all the pieces), you can’t go wrong with classic card games such as Uno or Phase 10.
Thankfully, cabin fever is a curable condition. The next time a blustery winter day keeps you inside, keep these ideas in mind to inject a good dose of fun into the mix.