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Holiday Indoor Activities For Toddlers + Young Kids

Dec 20, 2023 12:06PM ● By Virginia Dean
Few would argue that the holidays are particularly special for children who are excited to be gathered around a tree, festive candles, or a snowman. The Upper Valley offers a variety of activities to help maintain that eagerness. So, what to do and where to go? In addition to story times offered by local libraries, consider the following options:

VINS Nature Center (Quechee)
Montshire Museum of Science (Norwich)
Music Together (Lebanon)
Community Open Arts Studio (AVA Art Gallery)
HopStop (Hanover, Claremont)
Bounce House (Hanover)
Roller Skating (Enfield)
Indoor Ice Skating (Hanover)
Aquatic Center Splash Park (Hartford)
Toddler Open Gym (Hartford)
Toddler Romp and Stomp (West Lebanon)
CCBA Swim Classes (Lebanon)

Other indoor activities might include Pin the Nose on Rudolph, Candy Cane Hunt, Christmas Tree Ball Sorting, Christmas Charades, or Pompoms and Shaker Cups. You can’t beat a good old bucket, spade, and watering can or coloring books and crayons! 

The holidays can be a magical time at home–maybe even more so when you aren’t fighting crowds, planning trips, or stressing about the events you normally attend this time of year. Bake cookies, put up holiday decorations, make a holiday craft, decorate gingerbread houses, and wear matching pajamas. Most importantly, the holiday season is about connecting with family and friends near and far. Video chat with loved ones and make it fun by letting your toddler take the phone for a tour of your holiday décor or encouraging your child to model his or her favorite holiday toy or garment.

These are all fun ways to get your kids excited about the season!

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