Beating the Cold Weather Blues: 20 Family-Friendly Indoor Activities in Boerne
It’s still January, right? This month hasn’t quite flown by so quickly that I somehow missed half of it? Well, January is about as cold as it gets around here (I remember shopping for maternity shorts in FEBRUARY while pregnant with my second!) and that means there are some days that you just don’t want to be outside with the kiddos. BUT there’s only so much time that you can spend at home before cabin fever-and bad moods-set in, and let's face it, you all need a break. So, what do you do? Where do you go? What kinds of indoor activities are there for the kids in Boerne? After a bit of brainstorming, I’ve come up with this list of 20 things to keep us all busy on those too-cold-for-outside January days (and those hotter-than-you-know-what summer days too!):
1) The Patrick Heath Public Library-The library is always the first place I think of when I’m putting together lists like this; it’s just such a wonderful (FREE!) asset to our community. There’s a whole kids’ section which is separated from the main library…this means you don’t have to worry so much if your kids haven’t quite mastered their “library voice” yet. There’s an activity corner with legos, magnet boards, hopscotch, puzzles, and age-appropriate books. Right next to that are the computers for the older kids to play some fun, educational games. And of course, there’s books! There are always all kinds of fun events scheduled at the library (story time, dance classes, STEM activity groups, etc.) so be sure to check the website for information on those.
2) The Bookshop Under the Windmill-This is a cozy, used book store that is run by the non-profit group “Friends of the Boerne Public Library”. You’ll find thousands of books of all genres, including a large children’s section. Books are all $1-2.
3) The Maker’s Place- Feel like getting crafty and maybe a little messy? The Maker’s Place offers walk-in painting on canvas or pottery, Tuesday through Saturday. Prices range from $5-40.
4) Burger King-No it’s not a small business or locally owned, but it DOES have an indoor play-scape and sometimes that and a cheeseburger are just what you need!
5) Z’s Wood Fired Pizza-Not only does Z’s have amazing food, a killer atmosphere, and outdoor playscape, they also have a few toys set up inside for the kids. Is it fancy? Nah, but the kids won’t care, I promise!
6) Kelani Yogurt-Who doesn’t love froyo? And what parent doesn’t love froyo with a colorful, fun place for the littles to play, draw, read, and watch a movie? Yup, the sitting area inside Kelani Yogurt usually has a kids’ movie on the flat screen and a table full of fun activities to keep them busy as well.
7) Sugar Shack-If you haven't been here before, you're missing out! This is the sweet spot located right next door to Soda Pop's (where you can find some of the best burgers in town) and is chock-full of "decadent homemade ice cream sandwiches, delicious banana splits, hand dipped ice cream, frothy shakes, retro bottled sodas, hot cocoa, coffee & tea, and yummy baked fresh daily cookies" (source). In the back, you'll find a little sitting room with all kinds of vintage board games and fun for the whole family!
8) The Boerne Family YMCA- Did you know the YMCA offers a free 3-day pass that includes childcare? That’s three free days of endorphins for you and fun for them…and who knows, maybe you’ll kick-start a new healthy habit in the process.
9) Boerne Turn Verein-This non-profit bowling club is membership based, but there are open-bowl times as well (Monday - Friday: 4 pm to 6 pm and Saturday: 2 pm to 9 pm). Rates can be found on the website.
10) Climbing at Boerne Gymnastics Center-Feel like scaling a wall today? Or letting the kids burn some crazy energy while giving it a go? You can do that at the Boerne Gymnastics Center! By appointment only.
11) Go to a movie-If your kids are old enough to sit still and enjoy a good movie, a matinee showing and some popcorn at the Starplex are sure to be a hit.
12) Boerne Community Theatre-This is a live-action theatre made up of actors from our own community. How cool is that? Doors open at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday and 2:00pm on Sunday. Check the website for production schedules.
13) The Family History Place-A FREE resource for anyone interested in researching family history and genealogy. There are volunteers on staff to assist with navigating the databases, sites, and libraries.
14) Cave Without a Name-Take a tour! The temperature in the cave is 66 degrees, year-round, which is a welcome change in both the dead of summer and winter around here!
16) Boerne Bingo-Community bingo each Tuesday and Thursday evening, starting at 6:00pm (doors open at 5:00). For ages 10+. Cash only and I do believe there is an entrance fee (as well as real cash prizes!). All proceeds benefit The Rainbow Senior Center at Kronkosky Place.
18) Dollar Tree-Give the kids a few simple (but helpful) chores to do around the house to earn a few bucks then set them free in Dollar Tree. You get some help around the house and they get to learn a lesson about hard work and reward (with all kinds of goodies to take home!).
19) Get a mani/pedi together-I took my daughter for the first time a few months after she turned five years old and she LOVED it! She felt like such a big kid and really got a kick out of having a “spa day” with Mom. Boerne Nails and Spa or even DaVi Nails inside Walmart are both great options in town. We finished our day off with lunch at Bumdoodler’s. Perfect!
20) The Yoga House-Have older kids who might actually enjoy a relaxing yoga session? The Yoga House offers online sign-up and your first class is FREE.
Isn’t this a great little town for families? With a bit of information and imagination, getting through winter with our sanity in tact is easy-peasy. But I know I didn’t list every indoor activity there is to do in Boerne, so don’t be shy…tell me what I missed, friends!
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