Five ways to have fun even when the temperatures - and wind-chills - dip toward the negative numbers.
1. Go See A Move: Newest movies to open include:
• “All the Money in the World” rated R, the story of the kidnapping of 16-year-old John Paul Getty III and the desperate attempt by his devoted mother (Michelle Williams) to convince his billionaire grandfather Jean Paul Getty (Christopher Plummer) to pay the ransom;
• “Molly’s Game,” rated R, based on a true story and starring Jessica Chastain as Molly Bloom, an Olympic-class skier who ran the world’s most exclusive high-stakes poker game and became an FBI target;
• "Pitch Perfect 3" a PG-13 addition to the musical comedy franchise - this time the group heads overseas to perform with the USO.
• “The Greatest Showman," rated PG, a period musical drama inspired by the story of how P. T. Barnum started the Barnum & Bailey Circus; and
• "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” a PG adventure flick about four teenagers who get transported to a remote jungle via a video game.
2. Bake, share some cookies.
While the National Cookie Exchange Day was in December, there's still time host - either at home or work - a cookie exchange before the New Years' Resolutions kick in.
Determine how many dozens of cookies guest should bring, whether they should be homemade or not. Also, make sure guests respond to the invite with the name of the recipe or type of cookie they’re bringing to weed out duplicates.
Either provide or ask guests to bring packaging and wrapping materials. On the day of the party, set up a sampling table, swapping table and to-go/packaging table.
3. Go count some birds: Now till Friday, Jan. 5, you can take part in one of the longest-running citizen science projects and help provide valuable information about the health of bird populations in North America. The count can even take place out window into your back yard.
The Audubon Society’s Christmas Bird Count, which is on now through Friday, gives participants a chance to share relevant photos and experiences.
Sign up at audubon.org/join-christmas-bird-count and share on social media using the hashtag #ChristmasBirdCount.
4. Grab a book (or two). January is "Book Blitz Month." Now's a good time to renew that library card and check out some of the programmings offered at the various Eastern District Library branches throughout Delaware County. Don't want to get out? Visit the library's website and find out more about the e-book downloads.
5. Have an "indoor snow sculpting" session. Forget going outside to make those fun creations, grab (or make) some play dough and create some indoor snow creatures. Then having a judging contest to see who gets the most creative. Post pictures on Facebook and encourage friends and family far and wide to get in on the fun as guest judges.