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With the chilly weather settling in, ideas to keep your kids busy in the winter can start to run thin.

Being cooped up with nothing to do can lead to some serious child meltdowns—which leads to parent meltdowns.

That’s why it’s important to provide activities and plans to keep kids occupied and in good spirits.

In this post, we’re sharing 5 tricks to keep your kids busy this winter.

Build an indoor fort

Building an indoor fort with blankets, pillows, and couches is a classic indoor activity that kids LOVE! Of course, it adds a little extra cleanup to the day, but the hours of fun (and distraction) are well worth the mess!

Bundle up and enjoy the outdoors

Sure the weather is a little chilly, but we’re lucky to live in an area with a relatively moderate temperature range. When cabin fever sets in, sometimes some fresh air is just what your kids need.

Put on some boots and a warm jacket, and take the kids for a walk on the beach!

Go ice-skating

Bring the kids to an indoor ice-skating rink, such as the Carolina Ice Palace. It’s an inexpensive activity that allows your kids to get plenty of exercise—while having a blast!

Make a movie night

Set up an ice cream sundae bar or pop some popcorn, cuddle up on blankets and pillows, and enjoy a family-favorite movie. Adding a little extra fun to a typical night will help put the kids in a more excited mood.

The Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry

Going to a museum, such as the Children’s Museum of the Lowcounty, serves as both a fun activity and an educational experience for children. With so many engaging exhibits, this is a trip your kids will absolutely love.

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