“Winter is coming.” Don’t let a little inclement weather get you down this winter. Unlike in Westeros, we don’t have to deal with any creepy snow zombies – however, it can be challenging to keep your family entertained on gloomy and cold winter days.
Just because the weather is chilly doesn’t mean you can’t make the most of each and every day. Be prepared for family fun with snow sleds and cocoa. Bundle up in your layers and get ready to play outdoors. Check out these fun, family-friendly activities to fight off the winter blues.
Build a Snowman
Capture the magic of the first snowfall of the year by heading outside with your kids to build a snowman – or snowwoman. Have all the essentials handy:
- Button Eyes
- Carrot Nose
- Long Sticks for arms
- Food coloring to add blush or eyeshadow for a lady snowperson
Cozy Up with Some Cocoa
After playing outside, you’ll want something hot and sweet to warm you all up. Build a hot cocoa bar and let your kids make their own cozy cups of cocoa. Use a mix or make your hot chocolate from scratch. Then lay out some peppermint sticks, marshmallows, caramel sauce, and other toppings, and let everyone make their own unique concoction.
Make it adult-friendly for holiday parties by having Baileys, Kalua, and Peppermint Schnoops on the side for 21+ fun.
Sledding is a great way to get outside, even during the coldest months. Once enough snow has fallen, visit a neighborhood hill and take your snow sleds for a spin. Your kids will burn off energy quickly by trudging up and down the hill in the snow. Just have plenty of layers and make sure their coats are waterproof.
Spend a Snowday Baking Together
Snowdays create an excellent opportunity to spend time together as a family. Make memories in the kitchen while you wait for the weather to clear enough to head to the hill with your snow sleds. Bake some chocolate chip cookies or make homemade gingerbread and build a gingerbread house.
At Home Movie Marathon
Too cold to go outside? Pop some popcorn and build a fort in your living room. Spend the day in your PJs, eating snacks and enjoying your favorite movies. Introduce your kids to a magical series like Harry Potter or Star Wars – or choose fun family favorites you know they’ll love. A movie marathon is a perfect way to keep kids entertained while you wait out a storm. Invite their friend’s over and make it a sleepover they’ll never forget.
Hit the Slopes
Take a ski or snowboarding lesson and hit the slopes this winter! The US is home to some of the world’s best ski and snowboarding resorts. Use your kids’ winter break to take the whole family to the mountain and shred some powder together.
Build a Snowfort
Engineer a snow fort to be your kids’ home base in your backyard this winter. Build walls with snow bricks. Wet them down with water and let the ice hold them in place all winter long. Use food coloring to add a pop of color to your fort. Build two forts, play capture the flag, or stock up on snowball ammo.
Have an Epic Snowball Fight
Now that you have a fort, you can plan an epic snowball fight for your family. Use snowball fights to encourage your kids to play outside, even during cold winter months. They will love the competition, and dodging snowballs will help them burn off some excess energy on snowy Saturdays.
Try Out Snowshoeing
Who says you can’t go hiking during the winter months? Rent some snowshoes and enjoy walking in a winter wonderland. It can be difficult to get enough exercise in the winter – but snowshoeing can burn up to 1,000 calories! Plus, it’s a great way to experience the beauty of nature.
Sing Carols for the Elderly
The holidays can be lonely for elderly people in assisted living facilities and nursing homes. Volunteer to stop in during the holiday season to spread some holiday cheer. Bring your children with you and sing Christmas carols, make crafts, and chat with residents who may not have anyone else visit them during the long winter months.
Go Ice Skating
Head to the rink and try your hand at ice skating. You don’t need to own skates. Most rinks have skates available to rent. Stick near the walls if it’s your first time. Skating is a romantic first date since it gives you an excuse to hold hands. Even if you live somewhere it doesn’t snow. You can almost always find a rink to enjoy some winter fun.