The Indoor Blues: A Common Problem with Toddlers in Minnesota!

January 27, 2013

This past week we’ve experienced all ranges of Minnesota Winters…

Monday morning our temperatures plummeted down to –14 degrees plus 40-60mph winds with wind-chill levels at –32.  Our neighborhood streets had water pipes busting open, which meant that our poor driveway was covered in ice – almost all the way up to the garage!


It stayed pretty bitterly cold all week and now is warming up a bit.  However with the temperature coming just above 32 – It rained this morning – which turned into ice; and then snow.  We now have 2-3” of snow sitting on top of the ice…  So we’re stuck at home.


With these cold temperatures, We’ve been stuck indoors much of the week – and even just traveling to another place is hard! We’ve played with just about every set of toys that we have: turning our kitchen table into a train yard; turning the basement into a hop-scotch land of diaper packs (with our monthly amazon diaper delivery!), and watching just about every movie that we can find on Netflix!

We’ve definitely got a case of the Indoor Blues!

I’ve taken to the internet to find some great toddler activities – and so many are such great ideas – but apparently I haven’t done a very good job keeping the junk around the house and stocking up on random art supplies to help us get creative!

So when I found some stuff written about BabbaCo’s BabbaBox Subscription: I was very intrigued to learn more!

The BabbaBox makes an absolute perfect solution for those indoor blues! If it is too cold, too dark, too grey to play outside, create an incredibly warm, rich world by playing pretend with your child. We all know that we can go a little stir crazy looking for great activities in the post-holiday winter slow down, and the “My Awesome Adventures” BabbaBox provides the perfect antidote!

I think this is a great idea! I’m always running out of ideas and having to spend time researching what to do: meanwhile the kids get bored and then I get distracted online! babbaco-glue

This box ships to your home once per month and has some great ideas of things to keep your kids entertained with your help, and includes everything you might need!

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Sign up for BabbaCo’s super fun Newsletter to get ideas of fun, free ideas for indoor activities. Everything from DIY projects, to recipes you can do with your kids, to sanity-saving tips on how to get through those winter days and weekends. By Signing up you will be automatically entered to win a great prize package:

Annual Membership to the BabbaBox ($240 value)
$50 Gift Card from Shutterfly

***Additionally, BabbaCo is running a very special “Cure to the Indoor Blues” offer right now: 33% ($10) Off the 1st month of a new Monthly or Annual Subscription!
Just use the Coupon Code: FEB33 at checkout.

I’m definitely going to check it out..  Are you?

What do you do to cure the Indoor Blues??

Thanks to BabbaCo for sponsoring today’s discussion!


  1. What a great source, thanks Amy!

  2. jamie braun says:

    i know exactly what you mean! we are in St.Cloud, which is about 1/2 hour from you.. we try & stay as busy as we can n the winter. crafts, books ect

  3. Try planting some seeds for an indoor garden.

  4. Wow, that’s cold! We’ve been letting my grandson ride his ride-on toys in our unfinished basement area. He loves doing that since it’s too cold to ride outside.

  5. Vickie Couturier says:

    we dont have that problem in the south but I have a house in Vermont an that is the usual weather there,ive found getting some cheap crafts at the dollar tree is great fun ,just this past week the granndsons painted a train bank from there ,kept them busy an they loved it

  6. sounds like a great way to keep boredom away!

  7. Matt Stringham says:

    We are dying here in utah! My daughter (17mo) is going stir crazy. It is so hard to entertain her. Thankfully she likes to color, so we color ALOT!

  8. Alicia Keen says:

    omgosh. i have never felt -10!

  9. Just clicked over to their site and it is awesome! I can’t wait to sign up, my kids (and my sanity) will love it 🙂

  10. Stephanie says:

    The ice has been horrible this winter (I love in MN, too)! And now we’ve got more snow coming tonight. Hopefully it will stay warm enough for your kids to play outside in it!

  11. I personally (no kids) have a movie marathon and spend time on the computer.

  12. Robin Wilson says:

    I am amazed and intrigued by your winters! If we had weather like that in NC the entire state would stop! I mean stop! Just the mention of that four-letter word, snow has the shelves emptied of bread and milk and water! Crazy I know, but true. I love the subscription idea for all times of the year. Here it can literally be too hot for anyone to play outside so this would be great. I signed up for their newsletter and will keep them in mind! Thanks.

  13. jamie braun says:

    we play alot of games and dress up in the winter! im so glad our MN winter is finally over

  14. Winter is approaching again and Children love getting their own mail! This is so cute. I have been thinking of activities that I can make and loading up my pinterest, lol. We love to make crafty things but Abagail is too small and I will have to figure out ways to keep her creating as well. We like to plan meals from around the world and each night is different with activities to match and even making costumes or hats sometimes.

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