How to prevent school vacation couch potatoes!

Parents, grandparents, and caretakers: February vacation is only a week away! How will you keep your children busy and active during the school break?

Keeping your kids busy and having fun will help avoid mindless snacking and too much TV. Here are a few ideas:

Get moving
Here are some fun, active things to do over break:

  • Explore great places in the city like Zoo New England and the Museum of Science. If you have a library card, you can check out a free pass to the museums during the break week. Call or visit your Boston Public Library branch to find out more about what’s available.
  • Check out your local library for a schedule of activities such as Egleston Square Library’s Game Night on Wednesday, February 23 from 5 to 7pm.
  • If you’re looking for some activities for younger kids, stop by the Children’s Museum. On Friday nights, families can play at the museum for only $1 from 5 to 9pm.

Go to the calendar to find more events and activities over school break, or search for local resources like community centers, classes, and other fun activities. If cabin fever starts to hit, in a pinch you can layer up and head out to your local park or go for a walk.

You can also get moving right in your own home. Turn the TV off and turn the radio on! Check out the latest dance moves on YouTube, or go with old standbys: salsa, the electric slide or any Michael Jackson move!

Get cooking
With kids home for hours on end, mindless snacking can take over. Keep healthy snacks like Peppers on the Ranch or Sandoodles in the fridge, and keep junk food to a minimum.

Another way to keep kids busy and healthy over break is to cook together. Make fresh salsa and have it with some veggies or baked tortilla chips, then use the rest in homemade quesadillas.  Have your kids clean the vegetables and mix the salsa together while you do the chopping and cooking. Enjoy your quesadillas at the dinner table and talk about the fun stuff you can do together the next day.

Have a fun February break!

What’s your family’s favorite dance move right now?

How do you like to involve your kids in cooking? Leave your comments below!

Thanks to Sonia Carter, Nutrition Coordinator, ABCD Head Start & Children’s Services for her contributions to this article.

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