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And on the fifth day after Christmas, boredom took root.

Things to do with kids who have "nothing to do"

Because of the way the holidays fell on the calendar this year, students are enjoying an extra-long break. For many, the Christmas "buzz" has given way to the Christmas "blahs."

If you listen closely, you can almost hear the whining.

"I'm bored."

"There is nothing to do."

"There is nothing on TV."

"What do we have to eat?"

What can parents do to help stave off kids' boredom (and simultaneously save their sanity)? We asked a panel of Milwaukee moms and dads for ideas. Use the Talkback feature to add your own ideas.

  • Make a trip to the Milwaukee County Zoo (dress warm!).
  • Take the rugrats bowling (and listen to Camper van Beethoven on the ride to the local lanes).
  • Check out the exhibits at the Milwaukee Public Museum, Betty Brinn Children's Museum or Discovery World.
  • Take in a movie.
  • Go ice skating at Red Arrow Park, the Pettit Center (or Eble Park or other facility).
  • Visit the Mitchell Park Domes.
  • Check out the Harley-Davidson Museum.
  • Take Rover to the local dog park. At least he'll get his exercise.
  • Check out one of the "fun" chains, like Pump it Up!, Monkey Joe's or StoneFire Pizza.
  • Go shopping at American Science and Surplus and bring home a project.
  • Hit the library to check out some books and DVDs.
  • Write thank-you notes to relatives for all the great Christmas presents.
  • Hit a thrift shop in search of some cool clothes, toys or furniture and have the kids put on a play.
  • Take a tour of Miller Park and have lunch at Friday's.

Got some ideas of your own? Use the Talkback feature to help some frustrated parents out of a jam.

Talkbacks

sas_tarr | Dec. 30, 2008 at 9:44 a.m. (report)

Rent a skiis and go crosscountry with him. Join Wisconsin Biathlon club and teach yourself/ your son proper gun safety and marksmanship while maintaining your shape and providing him a set of valuable lessons and opportunity to bond with him.

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tsperko | Dec. 30, 2008 at 8:19 a.m. (report)

The Urban Ecology Center on the East Side of Milwaukee for walks, snow shoeing, cross country or sledding. The inside has animals and is a green building to exploreand find the "secret room". Sit by the fire and read a book or play a board game after petting the crayfish. They also have a branch at Washington Park. Hawthorn Glenn Park on 60th & State with paths & they have a an animal area also with limited hours. Ice Skating at the Petit. Check out the Holiday exhibit at the M&I building mainfloor on Water St. next to city hall. Alterra on Humbolt to have hot chocolate and watch the beans be roasted (good coffee for adults). Harley has tours. Further a field- Manitowac Maritime Museum Lake Park Bluff walks from Shorewood to St Francis.

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admiral | Dec. 30, 2008 at 8:11 a.m. (report)

Solid list. Thanks.

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