Great Family Entertainment for Snow Days
Last year it was the "snowpocalypse." This year's it's "snowmageddon." Whatever you call it, the extreme weather immobilizing most of the country all adds up to one thing for kids: snow days!
Sure, you may have to make up the days in June, but when you're looking down the long side of winter, summer seems so far away. For now, enjoy the downtime, drink some cocoa, and stock up on fun family entertainment. (And if it's rain or even plain old laziness that's got your family indoors, we won't tell anyone!)
In choosing our snow day favorites, we looked for the best movies, games, music, apps, and TV shows for all ages. These picks will keep kids' minds and bodies active -- and maybe even teach them a little something along the way.
Movies, music, games, and more
"The Snowy Day" -- Bright color cut-outs and lively language create a book that's both soothing and exciting.
"Dora the Explorer: Dora Saves the Snow Princess" -- In this game, kids explore snowy expanses and underground tunnels, swing on snowflake chains, race down mountain slopes on snowboards, and more.
"Snowflake Bentley" -- This book about the life of a self-taught scientist should maintain kids' interest as they learn about snowflakes and nature.
"The Sword in the Stone" -- Positive lessons about courage, the importance of brains over brawn, fair play, and the power of love liven up this movie about the legend of King Arthur.
"Word Solitaire: Aurora" -- For new spellers, this app is a delightfully entertaining vocab-builder based on the rules of solitaire.
"Active Life Explorer" -- Burn off energy with this active Wii game that lets four people play at once.
"The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe" -- This movie's classic tale of good vs. evil offers ice castles and snowy expanses to get lost in.
"Flying Wild Alaska" -- Beautiful shots of the Alaskan tundra, mountains, and rivers inspire a respect for the wilderness and environment in this reality show about a family business.
"My World 2.0" -- Enjoy hip-hop pop from one of the world's most beloved performers.
"Dance Central" -- Just dance! If you're lucky enough to own a Kinect, throw down your moves with this game or Dance Dance Revolution.
By Caroline Knorr
What's your family's recipe for a fun snow day?
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