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Winter Doldrums

Help! It’s winter, and I can’t get out. It’s been snowy, icy, and bitterly cold, and I need ideas of things to do with NewGirl. I feel like winter has held us hostage in our own home. We do take walks whenever possible, but it’s been too snowy or bitterly cold even for walks lately. I’ve been to the mall more times than I’d like to count. NewGirl loves it — she loves watching people, the lights, and moving billboard ads — but it’s driving me crazy. We’ve visited friends and family, and make an event out of a routine trip to the grocery store, but I still need winter activity ideas with my baby.

All the organized types of activities, like Gymboree, seem to reserve their weekends for older children. Classes for infants are held only on the weekdays when I’m at work. I suppose we could go to the aquarium, museums, and the like, but it seems a waste of the admissions fee just to do what amounts to people watching. I have found one local toy store that has a music hour on Saturdays, and I’ve done that whenever it doesn’t conflict with naptime, but does anyone else have ideas for good indoor baby fun?


  1. Anonymous January 17, 2008 at 8:25 am

    I have two very energetic boys (ages 2 and 4) who really struggle when it’s too cold or rainy to get outdoor time – serious cases of “cabin fever”. We have found an indoor pool that has a great play area, which is a fun Saturday morning. I also have a small closet in my house with “special” activities such as playdoh, a ball hut with 100’s of plastic balls, electric train that requires adult supervision….and a few more – these are toys that don’t get put out for them to use on a regular basis, but instead are reserved for “one of those rainy / yucky days”. Good Luck!

  2. Anonymous January 18, 2008 at 9:07 am

    We go to the library a lot. Our library has a great play area and sometimes even has a weekend story time with puppet show. We also spend time at Barnes and Noble…

  3. back2backboys January 27, 2008 at 1:42 pm

    I totally know how you feel. I have the exact same problem. We have a 3 year old and a 2 year old. BOTH BOYS! Cabin fever and it’s finest in the winter.

    I don’t know where you live, but in Poughkeepsie (think….new here so I’m still a little fuzzy about the towns) they have Kids Kingdom. A great indoor playground. Usually not crowded, small enough that it’s easy to supervise, clean and nothing large enough that they can get hurt easily. It’s going to be our saving grace this summer. Good Luck. If you have trouble finding it, contact me @ and I’ll forward to you the telephone number and address!

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