Day off for the kids? Snow problem

17 Dec 2010


OK, so picture the scene: You’ve managed to coax yourself out of bed with the promise of a hot cup of tea. With no news of a ‘snow day’ for the kids, you manage to pack them off to school with the mandatory hats, gloves and scarves. Undaunted by the treacherous roads, you find your way into work and settle down to get on with the day.

And then the phone rings. Your children’s school hasn’t been able to open after all, so you must collect them immediately and begin a day of ad hoc entertaining – even the kids are bored with the snow now. And you, not so secretly, are bored with them dragging sludge back through the house.

Get yourself Kinected

Maybe Santa expected to drop it down the chimney in the early hours of Christmas morning, but if you really want to keep the kids quiet then maybe it is best to yield now. No more fighting over the controller with the Microsoft Xbox 360 Games Console with Kinect Sensor & Kinect Adventures which gets gamers off the sofa and playing on their feet. Just make sure you keep the coffee table at a safe distance.

Bringing the cinema home

Hushing the kids up for a couple of hours with a movie is an old fashioned trick brought right into the current day with this Panasonic DMP-BD45EB-K Blu-ray Player. Whether it’s Sex And The City 2 for girls in high school or some explosive time with the A Team for the growing lad, this should do the trick. Oh, and don’t forget to treat yourself to something to watch after the kids have gone to sleep. It’s been a long day, you deserve it.

A healthy Apple

Attach the premise of using it ‘mostly for homework’ to this peace (and quiet) offering and you’ll surely be met with big smiles and ecstatic nodding – the Apple MacBook Pro MC374B/A 13. Looking cool and sleek, but effortlessly powerful, this MacBook can make the most of the latest games and goodies from iTunes, before morphing into a homework machine, fit for word processing and encyclopaedia articles. Well, we can but hope.

Picture perfect

Snow days are rare events, so if the snowman from yesterday still hasn’t melted yet then make sure you capture the creation before he melts into a pile of slush, carrots and stones. You can rely on this Nikon Coolpix L22 Compact Digital Camera to take your snowy snaps with its 12 megapixel resolution.

Why not print off some of the photos to use in this year’s Christmas cards with the HP Photosmart e-All-in-One Wireless Multifunction Printer? It has wireless capability to save you the trouble of messing around with cables and its scanner means you can rescue some photos from the past while you’re at it.

With all these items at your disposal you might be wishing snow days came around more often, just like the kids do… or perhaps not. At least you’ll be well set for when the Christmas holidays begin.