Are you ready to wave goodbye to winter yet? While we haven’t had terribly bad weather this winter, I’m really looking forward to lighter mornings, warmer days and less hunting for missing gloves. There’s still a week to go yet though!
I think that in winter, keeping the kids busy can be that bit harder than at other times of year. When the weather is grey and miserable, coming up with fun family activities that keep everyone active and stimulated is a real challenge. If you’ve ever been faced with the explosive combination of ‘Mum I’m bored’ and pent-up energy, you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about!
DisneyLife has come to our rescue time and again this season, providing lots of different ways to keep the kids entertained when the weather is doing its best to limit our options.
DisneyLife gives you access to a huge selection of Disney movies, TV shows, box sets, music and books via your mobile and tablet (iOS and Android) or smart TV (you’ll find the full range of compatible devices here). It costs £4.99 a month, and there’s a seven day free trial too, so you can check out all the content on offer.
We had a classic example of DisneyLife coming to our rescue just last weekend, after a family trip to the park. We try to get outside with the kids as much as we can during winter; I think it’s important to keep active, and giving them plenty of opportunities to let off steam makes for much calmer indoor time too. After an hour of tearing around, shedding layers as they gradually got hotter, the temperature suddenly dropped and the kids started to flag. So we bundled them back into their coats and headed home for a family movie. The kids were really wiped-out by the time we got home, and this could easily have made the process of choosing what to watch a real battle, but DisneyLife helped us avoid all that.
The kids have always got a shortlist of films on the go, so we just loaded up DisneyLife on our smart TV and could quickly agree on something from their selection. We had a lovely time all snuggled up on the sofa watching Toy Story, with rosy cheeks from the fresh air and a big bowl of homemade popcorn to share. Perfect.
Now while we try to get outdoors when we can in winter, there are inevitably those days when the weather is foul and you just don’t manage it. And of course, the kids have just as much energy as on any other day, and I need to come up with inventive ways for them to get active. DisneyLife has come to our rescue here too.
There’s a huge collection of classic Disney songs to choose from, so if the kids are getting restless I line up our favourite tunes, make some space in the lounge, and we have a bit of a disco. It’s such an easy way to get moving when it’s an indoor kind-of day, and of course we always end up having a good old singalong too. Last time we did this a couple of weeks ago, all four of us ended up having a dance-off to “For the First Time in Forever”.
The aim was to see who could come up with the silliest dance move, which of course was all the kids needed to get competitive. We had loads of fun and ended up collapsing in a heap of giggles; it was a thoroughly lovely, easy to manage way to spend an afternoon indoors.
In addition to unpredictable weather, there’s another common theme to this time of year: coughs and colds. With young children it just comes with the territory, doesn’t it? Both my kids have had a couple of days off school this winter, and were really not well enough to manage much other than lying on the sofa. That doesn’t mean they didn’t get restless though; they’re so active usually, so naturally a sofa day can get a bit boring, even if they’re under the weather. DisneyLife saved me again here; it’s so quick and easy to find and watch their favourite shows and films, and as they’re effectively locked within the app, I know that it’s completely safe for them to browse themselves. An added bonus is that it’s really simple to pause what they’re watching, so if they need a little nap it’s easy to pick up where you left off later.
For us, winter also equals a fair bit of travelling around the country visiting family; there are always a few Christmas-related gatherings, and we often get together in January for a relaxed family weekend too. Over the years we’ve built up a pretty impressive range of car games to keep the kids happy, but it’s hard to keep those going for an entire journey. DisneyLife is just brilliant when we’re on the go; it keeps the kids entertained while the adults have a little break. As well as being able to stream the full range of content, you can download favourite shows, movies, songs and books before you leave. The kids can then easily access their chosen content without me doing contortions to reach the back seats, and I don’t have to find and pack lots of DVD’s and books. It really does make family travel so much smoother.
As you can probably tell, I’ve found DisneyLife a real lifesaver during winter. Will it be coming to the rescue in your home too?
I am a DisneyLife Brand Ambassador and this post was created in partnership with DisneyLife who have provided me with a free 12 month DisneyLife subscription.