Good news: Pope Francis is in town! And thanks to him we get an official public holiday! Bad news: Pope Francis is in town! And we’re officially stuck indoors because the roads will be a mess!
My emotions when the announcement was made that Thursday would be a public holiday went from “YAY, no work on Thursday!” to “OMG, what will I do with Ella on Thursday?!” real quick. I don’t want to risk getting on the roads while His Holiness is making his rounds. There’s also a good chance El Nino will give us a drizzly day. Conclusion? This is fixing to be a very an indoorsy type of public holiday.
Being cooped up in the house with a restless child is just about as horrendous as it sounds. The whining, the mischief, the nonstop need for your complete undivided attention every second of the day – It is torture.
So, to avoid complete agony for both Ella and I tomorrow, I’ve made a list of all the fun indoor activities that kids might enjoy on this unexpected indoor holiday:
Yes, it’s messy and yes, the kids might very well burn your favorite oven mitts, but cooking with kids is a great way to spend the day indoors. Once you’re done in the kitchen, you can even turn the fun up a notch by having an indoor picnic – just spread a maasai blanket in the middle of your living room and feast on the fruits (or mandazis or cookies) of your labor!
2. Movie Marathon
Grab a fuzzy blanket, a big bowl of popcorn and your little one, and settle in for a kids’ movie marathon. There are so many animated movies to choose from nowadays that are interesting for adults too! Some popular kids’ movies that have come out this year are Minions, Home and Inside Out. I can definitely see Ella and I couch potato-ing with these tomorrow!
3. Fake Swimming
Y’all know I love a good fake swim on sunny days. All you need is a swim suit, a large basin or inflatable pool, water and toys! To extend the fun times (and your own moments of peace as you sit in the shade with your cocktail), you can even have them wash your car. It’s a fun activity for kids that doubles up as a chore! Everybody wins!
4. Slumber Party
If you have nieces, nephews or neighbors around the same age as your child, this is the perfect time to invite them over for a daytime slumber or pyjama party. They can come over and spend the day playing board games, putting on fashion shows, having tea parties and generally entertaining your little one so you don’t have to. Fun times!
5. Arts & Crafts
Do some research on Pinterest, hit up Text Book Centre for arts and crafts supplies and then spend your day crafting away! With Christmas right around the corner, you can even have a festive-themed craft session. You can make Christmas decorations, tree ornaments, handmade Merry Christmas cards for cucu and guka – the opportunities are endless! It’s also a great way to get into the holiday spirit. Ho, Ho, Hope you enjoy it!
Happy Pope Holiday everyone!