Bouncing Off the Walls?

Friday, January 30, 2009; Page WE25

So here we are, in the deepest part of winter. And your little Maggies and Charlies are bored, bored, bored. They smash their noses against the icy glass windows, pointing to the deflated ball in the back yard. Sigh.

The thrill that is the library, shopping mall or even Grandma's house has worn off as we fight through this winter. (Yes, it really is colder than last year, if you were wondering.) Play dates at friends' houses are fine, but really, how many of those can any parent take?

It's time to get a little creative, folks. For your sanity, for their sanity and for the joys of having a tired-at-the-end-of-the-day kid again.

We asked a few of our parent-friends for their secrets to getting out even when it's below freezing. Some are not huge surprises (National Building Museum), while others might be truly off the usual list of kid-friendly places (Ikea? National Airport?).

So here's to some new fun. And dreams of April, of course.

See This Story box above for our ideas.

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