I am a mother to two awesome kids, and have been married to my favorite hubby (okay, my only hubby, but still my favorite!) since October 1999. Our favorite thing to do is get out of the house and find adventures! I am the founder and creator of Enjoy Utah!, a site dedicated to helping families get out of the house and see all that Utah has to offer! I contribute as a blog writer for the Salt Lake Visitors Bureau, and also write CityGuides for SheKnows.com.. I am excited to be a part of Today's Mama! I co-own a DJ Business with my hubby, and also do the online marketing and manage the blog and social media for Gines Auto Service.

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Ten Winter Activities to Beat January Boredom

FREE Admission Day at Utah's Hogle Zoo


January is an infamous time for feeling those after-holiday-blahs. Here are ten activities to beat the January boredom:

  1. Make your own snow adventure: Instead of sitting inside and sulking that it’s cold outside, bundle up and enjoy it! Make snow angels, build a snow castle fort, have a snowball fight or build a snowman. After enjoying your day out in the snow, send me your pictures and I will post them to our collection!
  2. Enjoy a Winter craft: SMMART Ideas has a fun Snow Colors craft that you can do using the snow from your own yard. Family Fun also has a long list of fun Winter craft ideas.
  3. Check out free activities: Your local library is the best place to go for a variety of free, indoor activities. Because most of us have just drained our bank accounts during the holidays, take advantage of events and activities that are free and won’t strain your budget. You can also check out my calendar of free Utah events. The Tracy Aviary and Hogle Zoo also have free days during the winter!
  4. Ice Skating: Bundle up and enjoy a day or evening of ice skating. There are many places in Utah to ice skate, both indoor and outdoor.
  5. Cross Country Skiing and Snowshoeing: Even if you have never done this before, now is the perfect time to start. You can attend a class where you will learn all about how to get started, or read through our tips and trek out on your own.
  6. Sledding and Tubing: Everywhere you look, there are hills perfect for sledding. All you need is a sled, warm clothes, and good company! Check out this list of sledding hills in your area, and if you know of one we have missed, let us know! You can always just jump in your car, drive around, and find one. There are good sledding hills on every corner!
  7. Read a good book: Staying inside and reading a good book while drinking yummy hot chocolate is one of my favorite January winter activities. If you enjoy meeting with others who love to read, join me and my daughter at the monthly Mother/Daughter Book Club. This month’s book is “The BFG” by Roald Dahl, and we will meet on Tuesday January 17th (NOT the 20th) at 7pm at the Hunter Library.
  8. Get organized: One of the most popular New Year’s resolutions is to get more organized. Check out your local library for free classes teaching you how to get organized. You can also read this great four-part series from Jeanie, owner of Outstanding Cleaning Divas, on getting organized.
  9. Write Thank You notes: This is the perfect opportunity to sharpen up on your writing skills, and teach your children the etiquette of saying thank you. This can be a thank you to grandma for a gift they gave you, a neighbor who helped shovel your walks, or a good friend who just called to say hi and lift your spirits. Thank you notes don’t need to be fancy; all you need is a pen and a piece of paper.
  10. Make homemade hot chocolate: Homemade hot chocolate is the best because you can make it exactly how you want it. Start off with this simple recipe, and include your favorite add-ins. My favorite is pumpkin pie spice, or crushed up candy canes.

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