Find family activities, destinations to end the monotonous winter routine | family time


Sometimes I feel like a hamster on a wheel, especially this time of year. The responsibilities of each day never end and always seem the same. I come home well after dark, cook dinner, play with the kids, and go over all the necessary homework. An evening basketball game or dance lessons are a welcome change from the monotony. Bathtime and bedtime often take too long with a 3-year-old who won’t fall asleep unless you’re by his side. Once the girls have fallen asleep, it’s time to clean up the kitchen or catch up on their laundry, or like so many nights, fall asleep on the couch.

While I love watching the snow fall (I grew up along the Great Lakes, after all), there’s something about cold, dark winter nights that makes everyday chores more exhausting. Since we’re still probably a few months away from evenings out and after-dinner family walks, I need to change my mindset. I have to find ways to get rid of this hamster wheel.

Here, Geisinger offers some ideas for beating the “winter blues,” including exercise and healthy eating. I wouldn’t say I have the “winter blues”. I’m already bored with my routine, and I’m exhausted. I’ve always loved taking road trips on a nice winter weekend, but the recent spike in COVID cases has made me uncomfortable taking the girls to some of our usual destinations. .

But I have to do something. Here’s how I plan to change my routine in the coming months:

It’s been 20 years since I wore skates, but my 6 year old son begged to try Ice skating. Hillside Park Lake in South Abington Township. is frozen and a wonderful group of community volunteers maintain the skating surface. Skates are available on weekends. For the most up-to-date information, check Facebook.

To have out. I want to make it a point to get out more each day, beyond walking from my car to the office. Whether it’s walking around the block or playing in the snow with my kids, I need fresh air.

I put my skis away years ago, but it’s time to go down the slopes a different way. My kids would have a blast snow tubing at Montage Mountain. We can also visit the toboggan hill at McDade Park. Consult the list of ski resorts in the region here.

Each winter, up to 200 bald eagles migrate to the Delaware Highlands region and birdwatchers flock to the banks to try for sightings. Some of the viewing locations are only about an hour from Scranton. It looks like a fun road trip.

I also want to take more time for my hobby, including watercolour, photography and cooking. My kids love to help in the kitchen and I hope to try at least one or two new recipes a week. If I want to paint, I’ll set them up with their own supplies in a seat next to me.

And finally, I have to program a a romantic date with my husband. At this point, date night might be takeout and a movie after the kids go to bed, but at least that would be something.

What activities have you planned for this winter?


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