Keep Cozy and Stay Sane: Indoor Activities to Do

In times past people would do a craft, hobby, or simply read in the winter when chores were done.

If staying at home and binge watching your favorite show is getting a bit old, you can get out and try something new or do that activity you love but just never made time for (and still stay cozy.)

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Here are some ideas:

Cooking Classes

Blake Hill.  Love learning about jam and oh so tasty.  Creative and traditional flavors - all delicious.  Hands on classes right in Windsor.  Tried them myself and you can read about them here.  Highly recommend.

Local places to learn to cook: coop, King Arthur and more.  Don't forget the new Sugar Glider Kitchen in Hartford for amazing baking classes by Gesine Bullock-Prado, who will have her own show on Food Network called Baked in Vermont. Learn about macarons, eclairs, swiss rolls and more.  

Craft Classes

You can also learn fiber art: knitting, felting, crocheting, crafting and more.   

How about learning to make pillows, quilts, clothes, or cake decorating?  Try a class online or in the store for all sorts of options at Joann's in West Leb. You can browse classes by skill and topic which is nice.  They even have classes for kids!  I'm eyeing the learn to sew class. 

Michael's also does classes.  Learn to make slime, ponybead snowflakes, handmade cards and more.  I like that you can search for all the classes in the store at once too.

Art Classes (one time or multiple sessions)

I love to draw and paint, but I'm not great at either.  No worries.  I love sip and paints.  If you're like me you can learn about some misconceptions people might have about sip and paints (like you gotta go with someone to have fun) and what I've learned in my own experience (has pretty pictures) and takes you through what it's like.  It's super fun and I highly recommend trying a sip and paint.  Great for all sorts of people and occasions.

There are also plenty of wonderful art classes in the area you can learn about here.

Fun and Games

Once we went to Ramuntos on trivia night.  Even though we didn't participate, it was fun to try to figure out the answers and made for interesting dinner conversation.  Light, no pressure entertainment.  You can see places that offer trivia here.  

You can try your hand at board games.  Both Black Moon and Dark Mountain Games have open game nights where you can try demo games.  Dark Mountain in Springfield has a strong base of welcoming gamers who can help you learn (even if you're alone and want someone to play with).  You can learn more here where I talk to one of the owners about his shop.  You can also rent board games and take them home at Black Moon in Lebanon, which I did and it was really fun!  I learned a lot about the types of games that work for our family.  You can read more here.

Live Music and Dancing

Where can you catch some good live music and food - lots of places around here.    Whether you want a jazzy atmosphere like at Silo Distillery or more of a relaxed bar atmosphere like at Skunk Hollow in Hartland or Salt Hill, there's a place for you.  There are even places to go dancing: ballroom, line, contra, and just shaking what you got.  Here are places to try.

Sports and Recreation

Wendell Barwood Arena has indoor ice skating open to the public on Saturdays from 4:15 -  5:30 pm and Sundays from 4:15 to 6 pm until March 10.  During the week you can go to public skating at the Champion Rink in Hanover on Monday and Thursday from 12 - 1:30 pm and Wednesday from 11 am - 12:30 pm.  For rates and more read here.  

There are also winter recreation opportunities with local park and recreaction departments.   This post is from last year but it can give a good place to start on sports actitivities to try.  Personally I'd go for indoor ultimate frisbee.

If you're looking for a new adventure and an upper body workout, try rock climbing.  The River Valley Club has a wall you can climb with someone on duty to help belay you (so you can go alone and without experience!)  Quechee has a wonderful facility too, but people who go must take a class to learn how to belay or already know how to.  You can rent one for 20 an hr too with advanced notice if you cannot belay.  I went with an experienced climber once and it was a lot of fun. 

Winter Volunteering

Just because it's chilly and the holiday season has passed, doesn't mean you can't still go out and make a difference.  I particularly love helping COVER.  I've been on a couple projects and loved them.  You can read about it here.  In the winter they help winterize people's houses and do indoor fix it projects.  David's House, The Haven, and Listen are always go to places for helping locally.  The Valley News has a volunteer page and here's a volunteer Facebook group.


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