(WTNH)-Beating cabin fever doesn’t have to be a strain on the wallet with many incredibly resources here in the greater New Haven area. Educational Consultant and Parenting Coach, Chrissy Khachane, shares a few tips for parents to consider this winter as they look for ways to keep kids entertained.
Take advantage of your local library. Stories, songs and playtime for children with a caregiver, Lego Club, and more. Look online at New Haven Public Library website or any of the surrounding town for schedule information.
Thursday Afternoons at the Peabody. The Museum offers PAY AS YOU WISH admission on Thursday afternoons from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. from September through June. Admission is free but donations are encouraged!
The Eli Whitney Museum is a fun museum where kids can learn about engineering, building, mechanics, and more. If you go on the weekend, there are walk-in programs where kids can build things in workshops as well.
Check Out Local Retailers…
Home Depot has free building classes for kids the first Saturday of every month. All kids get to keep their craft, receive a certificate of achievement, and a Workshop Apron. Parents can register their child these workshops online by searching the Home Depot website for your local store.
The Lakeshore Learning Center classes are free classes for children ages 3 and up to participate in. Children get to create a simple craft project during a class period and take it home for free. The craft classes are held most Saturdays and the craft projects are simple enough for toddlers but can be tweaked for the older children as well.
Michaels’ The Knack is a free club for kids sponsored by Michaels craft stores. As members of the The Knack, kids will get access to freebies, coupons and free craft classes. The free craft classes at Michael’s range from projects like gifts, holiday decorations, cards, totes, flower arrangements and food decorating.
Other retailers, such as Lego, The Disney Store, and Pottery Barn also offer activities for kids as well and have information available on their websites.
The greater New Haven area has a number of skating rinks that offer open/public skate times throughout the weekdays and on the weekends. Admission usually ranges from $3-$7 and skate rental averages about $3-$4.