Things to Do on the Upcoming School Winter Breaks – Including the Firefighters Museum in Denver

Things to Do on the Upcoming School Winter Breaks – Including the Firefighters Museum in Denver

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I feel fairly confident when I say, “We survived Thanksgiving”. We survived because we had some things scheduled. Some weren’t so much fun (like a minor surgery). Others had to do with preparing for hosting Thanksgiving at our home (a little trick I learned about hosting for our special needs sanity), and I decided that it’s ok for iPad time to happen…a lot…so long as I structure it with things that make me happy (more thoughtful / educational) and J happy (Angry Birds Star Wars II).  However, I have I admit though that I’m fairly concerned about winter break.

Winter break is scheduled to be a bit longer than our Thanksgiving break.  Two weeks plus of unscheduled time looks very different than one week of unscheduled time. Chaos arises more easily, J can be tense from the lack of a tightly wound routine not to mention the mere fact that he’s not going to school when he’s supposed to go to school.  For our family, this time also includes our anniversary, New Year’s Eve, and both my boys’ birthdays.
To make things easier I’m working on getting ahead of the game. Planning is key. Not only have I ordered gifts on my cyber Monday hunt to keep shopping errands at a minimum but I’m thinking ahead with a few things to do.  I’m sharing these here in the hopes of giving you ideas and gaining any of your ideas.

1.  See a movie. Sensory Friendly Films are available at various times and for various shows. A simple search for which films are available will help you with your planning.  If you can’t find what you’re looking for, consider attempting to go to a non-sensory friendly film during ‘off’ times to reduce the number of people who might be there.  Bring backup.

2.  Plan a Jammie day. Lounge. Electronics. Movie. Popcorn. Tents. Messes. Be okay with it and let the kids know about it ahead of time.  It’s a good way to bribe  remind them that a fun day with no errands / responsibilities is coming.

3.  Pawn them off on a family member.  Yeah, I said it.  My kids (3) need to visit family members.  It gives my kids a change of scenery (and thus not starting to argue with each other with bits of cabin fever).  It also gives me a break to get things done that are difficult to do with them in tow.  AND, it helps your family have their own special time with your kids.Firefighter with a child

4. Explore what’s around you. Look around your city.  I’m in the Denver area and one thing we’ve never done is hit the Firefighters Museum.  Outings don’t have to be expensive either.  I found out that they have a special of Two-For-One Admissions. All I have to do is purchase one adult admission and get a second admission for FREE. The second admission can even be child or adult. (You can find that deal here.)

5.  Other things are activities that you can stretch out, do multiple times, and are inexpensive.  For this, I will plan on taking a walk (we bring little baggies to collect “things”).  We visit pet stores, do some baking, visit school friends (play dates to be coordinated of course), drive and see the lights at night or even visit a bakery and watch the baking process (with a treat at the end).

These are some simple plans I’m hoping will help me to keep the kids active and entertained during the two weeks of potential insanity.  What other activities can you think of?  Let’s meet back after winter break and see how this all went…

(These ideas and this post are sponsored by the Denver Firefighters Museum.  I will receive complimentary attendance for my family in order to give an unbiased representation of the museum).

About the Author:

Gina St. Aubin

Gina St. Aubin is a former Victim’s Advocate who now advocates for those with intellectual and physical challenges. Her eldest son is diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy, Autism, Sensory Processing Disorder, Electrical Status Epilepticus during Sleep / Landau-Kleffner Syndrome (a rare epileptic disorder causing verbal aphasia) and Developmental Delays. In June, 2012, her son also underwent a successful hemispherectomy. Gina is the editor, author and owner of Special Happens, serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the SPD Foundation, and resides in Colorado where she is a mother of 3, wife, blogger, writer and special needs advocate.

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