New fun at Sky Zone

The Free Climb Wall at Sky Zone in Schererville is one of the new attractions at the indoor trampoline park.

John J. Watkins, The Times

Long gone are the hot, sunny days spent at beaches and splash pads. Mother Nature has sent Jack Frost. Although there are still some lovely things to be done outdoors if you don’t mind bundling up, it’s time to get thinking about how your family can enjoy time together when they’d rather stay warm.

AT HOME

Board game competitions

If it’s been a while since you broke out the Monopoly or Candy Land, a family game night is in order. Put one person in charge of planning games, another in charge of healthy snacks and assign someone to prepare beverages. Turn off the TV and let someone select the playlist of background music. Maybe even have some fun prizes for the winner — like a day off from taking out the garbage.

Paint night

Remember the days of finger painting and how much enjoyment it gave you? Plan an evening of artistry by providing the paint and paper and brushes and covering up the table. Purchase some frames from the dollar store to display the artwork and change it out every couple of weeks as the season goes on.

Fort construction

Who doesn’t have fond memories of pulling out sheets and pillows and rearranging furniture to creative a little cave of your own? Do some brainstorming to see what items around the house can help to construct a fort where you kids can have fun reading or playing or chilling out.

AROUND TOWN

Library programs

Check out the calendar of events at your local library for crafts, book-themed activities, story times, movies, guest speakers and more. You can only spend so much time indoors at home before the kids are going stir crazy. Take advantage of the fun programming that your local library arranges — it’ll enable you to get the kids out of the house, but into a fun spot where it’s warm.

Skyzone

When kids stay indoors hibernating, they tend to spend a lot of time vegging out in front of electronics. Get them away from the screens and into Skyzone in Schererville, where they can jump to their heart’s content allowing them to expend some energy and get some exercise. This place is especially great for older kids and teens — and a sure cure for the “I’m Bored” syndrome. Visit skyzone.com for more info.

Funflatables

Funflatables has locations in Dyer, Hebron, Merrilville, Michigan City and Valparaiso and is perfect for the younger than 10 set with slides, inflatables jump areas, obstacle courses and climbers and there are special features specifically for toddlers. Check the website for its “Open Play” hours at funflatables.org.

Historical societies

Many of the towns in the Region have their own historical museums run by volunteer historical societies where kids can learn about local history and see what life was like for early settlers to the area. They’ll be fascinated by old photos of people and places in the community and by household items and instruments that are no longer in use. It will be a blast from the past that will occupy the kiddos and spark an interest in history.

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