Winter Fun: 10 Cold Weather Activities for The Whole Family

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Posted: 11 January 2018

Depending on where you live, wintertime can mean anything from a light sweater to six months of snow.

Whatever winter is like in your locale, there’s no reason why it should keep you inside. Even if it’s very cold, you should still bundle up and regularly get some fresh air and sunshine.

Not only is this a great way to work off all that yummy holiday food, but it will also help ward off the wintertime blues and seasonal affective disorder.

Not sure what to do with your family during this time of year?

Don’t worry. In this post, we’ll give you ten great ways to have some winter fun.

1. DIY Snow Paint

White snow is so last year. This winter, you and your kids will love becoming wintertime artists with DIY snow paint.

To create your palette, simply mix water and your preferred colors of food coloring. Place each mixture in a small spray bottle and find some fresh snow to work with.

Your kids will have some serious winter fun painting their favorite shapes, patterns, or animals onto the snow. We’re willing to bet you’ll join in on the fun!

2. Make Snow Lanterns

Who says arts and crafts have to take place inside?

Grab the kids, bundle up, and head outside for an epic snowball fight. Once you’re finished, recreate those snowballs and stack them into small forts.

Once the sun sets, slide a tealight candle into each fort to make a beautiful snow lantern. You’re sure to be mesmerized by the sight.

3. Get Creative with Snowmen

Making a snowman is one of the most common winter fun activities. But who says you have to create an ordinary snowman?

Have some fun and challenge your family to a creative snowman competition. Who can create the silliest costume? Whose snowman has the funniest posture or expression?

You could also create snow versions of your own family. Or, if you really want to make everyone giggle, try making an upside-down snowman. He’ll be doing a cartwheel in your yard until springtime!

4. Make Maple Snow Taffy

Maple syrup isn’t just good for pancakes and waffles. It’s also the perfect vehicle for a sweet wintertime treat.

To start, boil maple syrup for about 10 minutes or until it’s thick and sticky. Take it outside and pour it into some fresh (and clean!) snow.

The cold will harden it almost instantly, allowing your kids to twist some fun “snow taffy” into any shape they like. This is a dessert your family will love making as much as eating.

5. Bonfire and S’mores

Nothing says winter fun like a blazing bonfire and warm, gooey s’mores.

If it’s allowed in your area, gather some firewood and build a bonfire in your backyard. You could also use a firepit or visit a nearby campground.

Gather your s’mores supplies: graham crackers, chocolate bars, and marshmallows. And don’t forget the roasting sticks! You’ll need them to roast the marshmallows so you can create the perfect s’mores.

6. Enjoy a Winter Picnic

If winter temperatures aren’t too extreme in your area, this is a great time of year to enjoy a picnic.

Make sure everyone is sufficiently bundled up. Pack a warm blanket, your favorite snacks, and a Thermos full of hot chocolate. Find a quiet place to enjoy your picnic, whether it’s beside a frozen creek, in a nearby park, or right in your own backyard.

This is also a great idea for a winter fun date. Trade the hot chocolate for mulled wine or hot buttered rum and snuggle under a blanket with your significant other.

7. Make an Obstacle Course

If your kids and the dogs have been cooped up all winter, this is the perfect chance for them to burn off some energy.

Turn your snow-filled backyard into a winter playground. Dig out some snow tunnels or make jumps out of pool noodles. If the snow is deep enough, you could also carve out a winter fun maze.

The possibilities are endless!

8. Indulge in Comfort Foods

Winter is the ultimate season for comfort foods. Even if Thanksgiving and Christmas have already passed, there’s no reason you can’t indulge in your favorite cold-weather treats.

Here are a few of our favorites:

  • Grilled cheese and tomato soup
  • Beef or vegetarian chili
  • Fresh baked chocolate chip cookies
  • Fruit pies
  • Eggnog
  • Cinnamon rolls
  • Cheesy casseroles
  • Hot chocolate with peppermint schnapps

Don’t worry about the extra calories. You’ll burn all of them off with our next winter fun activity.

9. Learn a Snow Sport

If you live in or near the mountains, you have a whole host of winter activities at your doorstep.

Sign your kids up for skiing or snowboarding lessons. Check out some local snowshoeing trails or visit the nearest lake for outdoor ice skating. Go tobogganing or dog-sledding or, if you really want to get your blood pumping, sign up for a snowmobile tour.

Worried about taking time off from work during the wintertime? Reserve an office for rent so you can keep up with work without missing all the winter fun.

10. Make Window Decorations

Sometimes the weather truly is too bad for you to spend much time outdoors.

In that case, round up the kids and get ready to make some festive window decorations. Gather some construction paper, paint, glue, or other fun art supplies. Cut out decorations in the shape of Christmas trees, snowmen, or other wintertime favorites.

This is also a great way to repurpose cookie cutters, tree ornaments, or Christmas ribbons. Even if it’s gray and dreary outside, your windows will sparkle with colorful winter decor.

Are You Ready for Some Winter Fun?

We all look forward to summer, but there’s no reason you can’t have just as much fun during the winter.

So why are you still sitting there? Head outside and try a few of these ideas with your family to experience the ultimate winter fun!

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