57 Days ’til 40: Desperate for Winter Break Entertainment

26 Dec

We all have those days – those days when it is cold, miserable and wet outside, yet the kids need entertaining.  I had one of these days this week.  The challenge was exacerbated by the fact that our cleaner was coming, for six hours, and wanted us OUT of the house so that we would not be in her way (she is smart).  So, that left me, awful weather, and two kids desperately needing to be entertained (without breaking my pocket-book).  So, what was the solution?????  MALL HUNT!  Have you ever played???  I gave my girls a list of items they had to spot in our local shopping mall (I had some easy and some hard items – a few they never found).  We walked throughout the entire mall and when they found an item on the list they were required to use their digital cameras to document their findings.  Here were some of the things on their Mall Hunt treasure hunt list:

Colorful Rainboots

Colorful  Rain Boots

Ugly High Heels

Ugly High Heels

Anything with a Smurf

Anything with a Smurf



A live animal

A Live Animal

In the end, Mall Hunt was able to provide us with just over two hours of entertainment (we have a big mall and I gave the girls a big list).  They had fun finding what they needed, I picked up a few items I needed along the way, and we were able to entertain ourselves and get some exercise on a rainy day (and it was all free)!

Sometimes the best ideas and games come not from a place of random creativity, but are born out of complete and utter desperation.

Today, 57 days ’til 40, I am thankful for the ability to be creative in desperate times!



Posted by on December 26, 2012 in attitude, Children, Family, Inspiration


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16 responses to “57 Days ’til 40: Desperate for Winter Break Entertainment

  1. buckwheatsrisk

    December 26, 2012 at 00:14

    that’s an absolutely awesome idea!!

  2. vyvacious

    December 26, 2012 at 01:36

    I have those heels.

    • vyvacious

      December 26, 2012 at 01:37

      I’m insulted!!

      Just kidding 😛 That sounds like such a fun game! I’m gonna have to try it sometime 🙂

    • 400daystil40

      December 26, 2012 at 15:37


  3. thelastsongiheard

    December 26, 2012 at 07:03

    Wow, that’s a great idea! The next time I go to the mall with my six year old, we’re playing this 😀

  4. Another Thousand Words

    December 26, 2012 at 18:47

    Oh, 400, so much better than sitting in a movie theater…and paying an exhorbitant price for under two hours of ‘entertainment! Wonderfully creative…and the girls had so much more fun!!!

    Merry New Year! :>) !!!

    • 400daystil40

      December 26, 2012 at 21:14

      Yes, it was definitely a more cost-effective form of entertainment! 🙂

  5. colormusing

    December 26, 2012 at 18:52

    Is there a grown-up version? As in, hunt for sparkly, shiny things, fabulous heels, and something to make us look 10 years younger? ; )

  6. Melia Alexander

    December 26, 2012 at 19:21

    What a great idea!

  7. artistspromenade

    December 28, 2012 at 01:08

    Great idea, I think I will give this a try with my boys. Even better, the walking might tire them out, me too.


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