5-Check out your local library-Our library system in Dayton is fantastic. Despite budget cuts, our local libraries help to keep families and youth active and involved during the cold Ohio winters. Earlier this week, the Greene County Library faced budget cuts, as of right now they still have many active programs even though the operating hours have been cut. For more information on library programs including movies, games, clubs for adults and children as well as story times and new library hours visit: Greene County Public Library, Montgomery County Public Library or the Clark County Public Library websites.
4-Obstacle Course-Take yourself back 15 years, and create the awesome obstacle course from your past! Your kids will have fun being involved and it will keep everyone active. Indoors or outside, either way it is sure to cure the winter blahs. Create jumping off points, carrying stacks of unbreakable objects while being timed or sledding down a hill and running back up are all great ideas to include in your course.
3-Skating-Roller skating has made a huge comeback in recent years and ice skating is a great way to bond with your family. We have lots of area rinks that are just waiting for new wintertime visitors. Here is a short list of a few in our community: Skyborn Skateland, Riverscape Ice Rink, and Kettering Recreation Center.
2-Become an Eskimo-Put our shots of snow this week to good use. Make an igloo! Most local stores carry igloo makers, large plastic squares that can be used to make snow bricks. If you’ve done a great job your igloo will stick around for awhile, either way, be sure to make at least one round of hot chocolate to enjoy inside your masterpiece!
1-Go back in time-Forget the break and bake cookies! Put on the old apron and get to work making the real thing. Old fashioned sugar cookies that the kids can roll out, shape and decorate on their own makes for a great creative outlet. Include your boys in the mix too, they love to get dirty! Below is a recipe for old fashioned sugar cookies:
• 3 cups sifted all-purpose flour
• 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 1 cup white sugar
• 1 cup butter
• 1 egg, lightly beaten
• 3 tablespoons cream
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F
2. Over a large bowl, sift together all-purpose flour, baking powder, salt, sugar. Cut in butter and blend with a pastry blender until mixture resembles cornmeal. Stir in lightly beaten egg, cream, and vanilla. Blend well. Dough may be chilled, if desired.
3. On a floured surface, roll out dough to 1/8 inch thickness. Sprinkle with sugar; cut into desired shapes. Transfer to ungreased baking sheets.
4. Bake for 6 to 8 minutes, or until delicately brown.