Winter Activities

Are you looking for what to do with your kids over winter break? Below is a list of ideas from families who also have kids with disabilities/special needs to help you stay busy and sane this holiday season!

Activities for Winter Break for Your Child with Special Needs

  • Arts and Crafts /build with boxes, paper towel rolls; get out some paint or markers; make decorations for your house (paper chains, snowflakes, etc.)
  • Move around Indoors – turn on the music, get out a jump rope, play hide and seek
  • Sensory Experiences – play with shaving cream on cookie sheets, homemade play dough, enjoy water play and bubbles in the sink or bath tub
  • Movies – many movie theaters have kid-friendly low cost movies during the day
  • Go bowling – the whole family will enjoy it and its an inexpensive way to get out of the house on a cold day. Many bowling alleys have ramp bowling available.
  • YMCA or other Sports Centers – check out the schedule for open gym or family sports activities. Some may have special times for kids with special needs.
  • Indoor swimming – many hotels around the state allow families to use their pool for a small fee if you are not planning to stay overnight.
  • Adaptive sports classes – some ice rinks offer classes for children and adults with disabilities, many YMCA’s offer swimming classes or open pool times for those with special needs.
  • Community Center Programs – many local centers have drop in programs (music, arts and crafts, etc.)
  • Get Outside – if it is not too cold you can still take your kids to a zoo, park, nature center, go ice skating on a pond or take a walk in the woods.
  • Holiday programs at a shopping mall – check local listings for dates and activities
  • Religious programs or winter break events through your house of faith
  • Volunteer with your kids – go to the Humane Society, a food bank or ask a local charity if they need help over the holidays gathering food, clothes or blankets for those in need