Kids love, love, LOVE Christmas. The lights, the tree, the presents; it’s magic! The wonderful thing about kids and Christmas is that the simplest joys are often the best.
This holiday season, we’ve put together a list of awesome, kid-approved activities that inspire us to see it through their eyes all over again.
Meaningful kid-approved holiday activities
See the lights
Vancouver shines when it comes to dazzling winter wonderland magic! Take your pick from our top places to see Christmas lights in Metro Vancouver. Stroll through the illuminated displays and sip hot chocolate together as the twinkling lights and carols lift your Christmas spirits.
Decorate the tree together
Whether it’s selecting the “perfect” Christmas tree or decorating it hurricane-style, this special holiday tradition is always a favourite. Hand over the reigns and watch your loved ones take pride in their handiwork. Nothing inspires childlike wonder like handmade decorations hanging alongside precious family heirlooms and nearby presents!
Give thoughtful gifts
Thoughtful gifts mean a lot when they’re made with love. Instead of giving material items, make new memories together by surprising friends and family with shared experiences and fun adventures.
A heartfelt, handwritten letter for your child’s teacher, or a painting for grandparents, will be cherished for years to come.
Invite your kids to brainstorm ideas and create a plan to achieve their mission! Watch them delight in the joy that their thoughtfulness has brought to others.
Help those in need
Children are natural helpers. There are many ways to make difference this time of year, whether its bringing homemade cookies to an elderly neighbour or sponsoring a child around the world.
Choose a cause that’s meaningful for you and your kids.
Covenant House Vancouver and the Downtown Eastside Women’s Shelter need warm coats, hygiene supplies, and toys right now. Alternatively, donate funds to the Vancouver Food Bank or collect clothing for Big Brothers. If your child is an animal-lover, consider donating towels and pet food to your local rescue shelter.
Make time to play
The options are limitless: Go skating! Paint pottery! Go swimming! Go to an indoor playground. Jump in a foam pit! Nothing makes our kids feel more loved than our time and presence. And isn’t that what this wonderful holiday season is really all about?
Jeanine is a teacher, writer, and mom to two active and curious toddler boys. She has a passion for education and outdoor adventures. She loves to discover and share the best hidden parks, playgrounds, and beaches in Greater Vancouver. When she isn’t writing, you’ll find her and her boys playing in the dirt or peeking under logs in the forest.