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Be prepared for snowy days ahead with our top five picks for staying indoors

  • Scrabble Alphabet Scoop

  • Photograph: Courtesy of Jib Jab

    Jib Jab App

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  • Be a Broadway Star game

  • Sesame Street Once Upon a Monster game

Scrabble Alphabet Scoop

Though the city is packed with cold-weather outings for kids, some days are just better suited for time spent indoors. We rounded up the best toys and games with which to pass the time until the snow melts or the barometer rises.

Scrabble Alphabet Scoop:

Word game mania (parents: we know you're obsessed with Words with Friends on your smartphone) continues with the new game Scrabble Alphabet Scoop. Families use a spoon to retrieve letters from a bowl, then create three-, four- and five-letter words. The first to fill his or her card wins the round. $20; at toysrus.com. Ages 5 and up.

JibJab Jr. Books
New Jersey brothers, dads and former Brooklyn residents Gregg and Evan Spiridellis founded their wildly popular animated e-card company in 1999. Now the duo is diving into children's literature with iPad app series JibJab Jr. Books. Utilizing the brand's signature format, the app lets parents customize each story with their kid's name and face. App and first book free, additional books $4; at iTunes. Ages 2 to 6.

FunGoPlay
FunGoPlay, created by NYC dads, lets kids build an avatar and compete in online sports competitions like soccer and surfing. Get moving outside with a special soccer ball or flying disk (free with a one-year membership) that digitally rewards users for play. $7 per month or $60 per year; fungoplay.com. Ages 6 to 11.

Be a Broadway Star

Like the board game Life, Be a Broadway Star positions young theater fans as aspiring starlets, but doesn't sugarcoat performers' rise to the top. To progress in the game, players must graduate from acting school, earn their Equity cards, land agents, survive auditions and make their way through interactive tasks like singing, dancing and reciting lines. The player who accumulates the most fans—the game's currency—wins. $40; at beabroadwaystar.com. Ages 8 and up.

Once Upon a Monster
In Once Upon a Monster, children join Elmo, Cookie Monster, Oscar and Grover for a whimsical, hands-on story about making friends and facing fears. In order to move from level to level, players must mimic the monsters' motions—expect lots of hopping, stomping and clapping. Xbox Kinect. $50. Ages 3 and up.

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