What to Do When Your Kids Get Cabin Fever


Cabin Fever

Winter is officially here, and with it, snow, ice, and freezing temperatures. And it’s only December! Unfortunately, when we get a mix of these, snow days will start rolling in. It starts being rough to drive, and too cold to play outside. After a day or two of this, cabin fever starts setting in for yourself and kids of all ages. When cabin fever starts hitting at your house, try some of our tips to mix it up and keep the kids from going mad.


Make a Stop Motion Movie

Stop action movies are fun to make and have the added benefit of taking a really long time to make. To start, you’ll need a smartphone and an app for stop motion movies. There are tons of them, free and paid. You will just need an idea and some toys. First, work with your kids to develop ideas. After you have your ideas, collect the pieces you will need. You can use Legos, toys, clay, fruit, pretty much anything. Start by taking a picture and then slightly move the pieces and take another. These minuscule movements are time consuming…perfect for a boring snow day.

If you have more than one kid, you could each make a movie and throw a Film Festival. Roll out the red carpet (or towel), get dressed up, take pictures, take turns being reporters, and pop a ton of popcorn.


Go Stay at a Hotel

If the kids are going crazy and it is safe to drive, but too cold or wet to play outside, go stay at a nearby hotel. If the weather is bad, you may be able to get a good deal on a room. Many hotels have indoor swimming pools, you can spend the day splashing away, while it snows outside. Staying at a hotel is fun even when you are not on vacation. It’s a change of scenery with ice machines. Even one night at a hotel can shake off the cabin fever like that!


Bring the Outdoors In

When it is freezing outside, it’s not fun to play in the snow. If it is too cold to play outside, play inside. If there is a ton of snow on the ground, grab a bucket and fill the bathtub with clean snow. Pull out cookie cutters and mittens and have fun digging around in the snow and making mini snowmen. After you are done, or it melts, just pull the plug and let the water drain or refill it with snow. You can also use watered down food coloring to give the snow fun colors.


Be a Little Crazy

If everyone is going a little crazy from being cooped up, mix it up a little by dropping some of the normal rules. Spread out a blanket on the floor and have dinner picnic style. Maybe build a fort and spend the night in it. If you have a fireplace, cook hotdogs or marshmallows over the fire and pretend you are camping. You can even set up a small tent in the living room and camp out!


Have a Dance Party

One of the worst things about being stuck inside all day is not being able to move around. Kids need to expel energy, so throw a dance party. Get dressed up and clear space for dancing. Make a playlist with songs that make you want to move and get moving! Teach your kids your moves, and let them teach you theirs. Make the music loud and boogie all around the house.


Ditch the Cabin Fever Blues

We still have a long winter ahead of us. When you and your family gets stuck inside, try some of these tips to shake off the restlessness.