Snow Day Survival Kit

A storm is settling in, the snow drifts are rising, and the schools are closed. Sometimes only a snowy day can give you the chance to just putter around with the kids while letting otherwise pressing daily chores wait. Here, the parents of iVillage share their best ideas on how to spend a snowy day. From these tips, you'll learn that just a little inspiration and organization go a long way. So when a storm is brewing, remember to "go with the snow!"

Homemade Science Project
"Give kids a small-mouthed jar, some vinegar, baking soda and balloons. Put an inch of vinegar in jar. Put two teaspoons of baking soda in balloon. Attach balloon to jar. As baking soda falls into vinegar, balloon inflates!"

Surprise Party
"A while back I needed something to overtake my daughter's boredom. So, I surprised her with a party. Just the two of us. I don't remember what the made-up reason was. I got out left over party supplies and she had a blast!"

Fort Snowbound
"My sons (ages 10 and 7) turned the playroom into a fort. I hung a curtain across the doorway for them. They spread old quilts on the floor and piled pillows in the doorway for a barrier. They spent all of one day playing in their fort with their plastic army men and little cars. I brought in lunch on paper plates and let them have mess call there, too. And one snow day, we cleaned the playroom closet. Thank goodness for snow days!"

Snow Day Care
"My cousin and three other families in the neighborhood have a little babysitting co-op set up for snow days. They each take turns staying home with the kids, so that they only have to stay home from work once in awhile during the winter."

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