The year is slowly drawing to a close and the Christmas break is a much needed breath pause. It’s a momentous time of year, with friends and family coming to the forefront.
No matter how busy you are with festivities, travel and commitments, during school holidays there is almost always time to fill. The much-needed break that your kids get isn’t necessarily a break for you! Finding new and exciting ways to entertain them can be a huge undertaking, and Christmas TV can only get you so far.
Are you one of the many who are travelling around the country at this time of year? While obviously this can be taxing, with roads gridlocked, trains packed and flights at capacity, it does also mean a change of scenery. Both you and your kids get to go somewhere different, take in a new environment and have some quality time. If you or your relatives don’t have access to a garden, or not one big enough, the local park can be a great place to get some much-needed fresh air.
Perhaps you’re staying put? Even better, perhaps the family are coming to you this year? This time of year can mean valuable time with loved ones, and a chance to catch up with those you don’t see very often. Adults as well as children have time to reconnect with loved ones and friends or relatives they haven’t seen in a while. Even if it is only brief, it’s also valuable time and a great opportunity to relax. Time off can be seen as an indulgence, but it’s a vital part of life and makes all the other necessary stuff possible.
The winter weather doesn’t necessarily mean time inside. There is plenty of scope for outdoor play, providing kids are wrapped up and prepared for the weather. Even with the cold, the wind and the rain, it still holds true that time spent playing outdoors is healthy for both body and mind. So long as the playground has equipment that is built of durable materials, and is well maintained, it should be possible to have just as much fun there as in summer.
Of course there is also the social aspect – children, like adults, tend to want to be among their peers and be themselves. As important as family time is, there has to be space to play! Perhaps there is no need to think of new and novel things – time spent at an outdoor playground is a great idea, even in winter weather.
There are a wealth of great play areas all over the country. Why not get to know a new one, or get to know your local one better? Brave the cold and take your kids out to a playground, and they’re sure to not only have a great time, but to give you the break you sorely need!
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