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36 Awesome Family Activities to do in the Winter

It’s getting colder, the leaves have fallen off the trees, you starting to lose daytime. That can only mean one thing —Winter is right around the corner. Maybe this year you don’t want to be stuck inside trying to get out of the cold after you’ve been stuck inside for the past year and half from COVID. So you are looking for some family activities to do this winter. Maybe you want to try some new things. Maybe you want your kids to try new things.

Here are 36 Awesome Family Activities to do this Winter!

On a sled in the snow

1. Visit an Ice Festival

Ice festivals are popular in the winter. Do you have any ice festivals near you? If you do, I suggest bundling up, maybe pack up some hot chocolate and venture out to that ice festival. 

I know the ice festival in our town does a different theme every year. That’s usually fun trying to identify the theme that it’s going to be each year.

Ice Sculpture at an Ice Festival in Clarks Summit, PA

2. Visit a Christmas Market

Christmas Markets can be really fun. All the Christmas spirit, the Christmas decorations and lights, Christmas music, the food, the shopping. We have a Christmas Market that we go to sometimes that is only a couple hours from where we live called Christkindlmarkt in Bethlehem, PA. It’s usually a great day trip for us. 

A Vendor at a Christmas Market
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3. Go Skiing/Snowboarding

I don’t ski or snowboard. But this is a great winter activity for any skiing or snowboarding lover. And there are certainly some great states to travel to for skiing and snowboarding, such as Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Vermont, just to name a few.

A child being taught to snowboard
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4. Go Snowtubing

Snowtubing would probably be more my speed. Snowtubing can be really fun for those kiddos. So if the ones in your family that like skiing or snowboarding are off doing that, the ones who don’t can still have their own fun with some great snowtubing.

Child having fun on a snowtube
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5. Playing in the Snow/Making a Snowman

Stuck at home during a blizzard, then throw on those snowsuits and winter gear, get all snug and warm and venture out into the snow and cold with your kiddos. And don’t forget to spend some of that time making a big snowman. The kiddos will love the snowman they make.

6. Have a Snow Ball Fight

While your outside in that snow storm, take a break from making that snowman, to start a snow ball fight. Break up into teams, pile up a bunch of snowballs and start throwing. Make it girls against boys. That can be fun.

7. Sledding

Do you have any hills on your property or is there a public area close by with a hill where you can take your kids sledding. Sledding is definitely a fun winter activity for your kiddos, once you get lots of snow of course. You need to have enough on those hills to be able to sled down them.

Sledding down a hill in the snow

8. Indoor Picnic in Front of the Fireplace

Do you have a fireplace at home? We do and we like to setup a picnic blanket, start the fire, and have a nice picnic in front of the warm and cozy fire lighting up the room from its flames, giving the room a nice, warm feeling.

9. Go for a Drive to See Christmas lights

Does your kids love Christmas lights? My son does and he gets so excited when he sees them, the bright lights, shining back at him. A few times during the holidays, we will get in the car and drive around looking at all the houses with the beautiful Christmas lights and decorations. It’s a great way to spend an evening and keeps him smiling all night.

10. Drive-Thru/Walk-thru Christmas Lights Display

It’s nice to drive around and look at all the houses lit up with Christmas lights, but what about those drive-thru or walk-thru displays that are filled with Christmas lights and decorations. You have to pile in your car and head out to one of these great displays.

Christmas Lights of Cookies and Milk for Santa

11. Decorate for Christmas

Now what about your own house. Is it time to start decorating your own house with those Christmas lights and decorations you have? I’m sure your kids get excited and look forward to helping you decorate for Christmas. My son certainly does. So let them help with some of the easier things they can handle. And definitely let them help with the Christmas tree. Put on some Christmas music or maybe a favorite Christmas movie and get to work.

Putting an Ornament on a Christmas Tree

12. See a Christmas Tree Lighting

Does your town or somewhere close do a Christmas tree lighting? That would definitely be a cool and great experience for the whole family. New York City has a great Christmas tree lighting if you live within driving distance of NYC. It could be a great day trip. 

Tip #1 – While it could be a great experience to see the Christmas tree lighting in NYC, it can also get very crowded and might not be the best to place to take the little kiddos. It might be best to take them when they’re a little older. It may even be too crowded for you if you don’t want to deal with all of those people.

13. Christmas Shopping

I love Christmas. I love buying presents and giving presents, therefore I love Christmas shopping. Doesn’t it just feel great when you think you got the perfect present for someone close to you? I think so too. Especially those kiddos. It’s great to see the excitement on their little faces when they receive all those gifts from Santa.

Tip #2 – With stores having so many inventory problems lately, you might want to start Christmas shopping early.

Christmas Shopping Bags
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14. Visit an Indoor Water Park

Do you live somewhere where it gets very cold and snowy and the winter just seems like it drags on forever? I do. And I usually can’t wait till the winter is over and it starts getting warmer again. But you can break up that wintery, bitter cold weather and forget about it for a couple days by heading to an indoor water park. It makes you feel like you are in the middle of summer instead of winter.

Tips #3 – I have found some of the better prices for an indoor water park in the winter is February and during the week. That is if you can take a couple days off from work and the kids can take a couple days off from school. Now, that is what I’ve found for the indoor water parks in Pennsylvania. So if you are looking elsewhere it may be different.

Overview of an Indoor Waterpark we visited in the Winter

15. Family Trip to a Cabin/Resort

Want to book a family vacation in the winter, but want someplace other than an indoor water park, try booking one at a cozy cabin or resort. Maybe even a ski resort if you favor skiing and snowboarding.

16. Visit a Museum

Maybe you want to get out of the cold and stay indoors, but want to get out of your house. How about a museum? Maybe an art museum or planetarium or aquarium or history museum or kids science museum.

They can be fun and educational at the same time. It might even be worth a day to take off from work and to take the kids out of school. After-all, it is educational, is it not?

17. Go to the Movies

Another indoor activity. Why not try and wrangle up the family and head out to the movies. It might be hard for everyone to decide on the same movie, but I’m sure there is a family friendly movie that you can all agree on.

18. Host a Game Night

Want to stay in for the night, but want to still have some fun? Try hosting a game night. You can either have a family game night or host a game night with friends. What can also be fun is having them bring their kids along with them and you can setup a game night for them in the living room while you have your own adult game night in the Kitchen with some yummy food and wine and beer.

Playing Monopoly
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19. Read a Good Book

Maybe you want to snuggle up in bed with a good book. Or take a hot bubble bath with a good book. Or curl up in front of the fireplace with a good book. Where ever you decide to open up that book that you can’t seem to put down, pair it with some wine and just lounge around, relax, and enjoy the book.

20. Go Ice skating

Ice skating can be a fun family adventure if you know how to ice skate. Or maybe this can be a great time to learn. Pair up with someone in the family who knows how to ice skate or hire an instructor to teach all of you at once. That can be fun.

Mother teaching child to ice skate
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21. Drink Hot Chocolate

After a day of playing out in the snow, you and your kiddos are probably feeling the cold and looking for something to warm you up. A nice chocolaty warm beverage like hot chocolate can really make that warm feeling travel through your body. But, hey, you don’t need to wait till a day out in the cold to have that hot chocolate beverage. Indulge yourself in this beverage anytime during the winter season. 

Tip #4 – I recommend using milk to make hot chocolate. It makes it creamier. Using water is fine and still makes it delicious, but milk makes it so much better.

Mug of Hot Chocolate
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22. Bake

This is a great time to bake. Not only are you stuck inside more this time of year then any other time of the year, but you also have the holidays, so it’s a great time to bake. Bake some pies for Thanksgiving, Christmas cookies for Christmas, you can even try some muffins, cheesecake, bread, or anything else you might think could be great for the winter. Why not even try baking something with Pumpkin. The fall and winter are great times for some Pumpkin baked goods.

Sifting flour into a bowl to bake Christmas cookies

23. Have Movie Nights

Pick out some family friendly movies, make some popcorn, light the fireplace, and cozy up on the couch with some blankets and make it a family movie night.

Sounds like a great way to spend a night in.

24. Put Together a Puzzle

Do you have a puzzle you’ve been meaning to get to but just haven’t yet? This winter, drag that puzzle out, setup a table designated specifically for this puzzle and get working on it as a family.

Puzzles can be a fun, relaxing, a stress reliver to do as a family.

25. DYI Science Experiments

Finding some DYI science experiments on Pinterest is a great way to spend an afternoon with your kids. You will certainly find many that you can try out with your kids. I have found many to do over the past couple years when we were stuck inside from the Pandemic. 

Do it yourself science experiment with a child

26. Watch or Attend a Sports Game

Winter is a great time to either watch a sports game at home on your couch or attend one in person because both are done indoors where you can get out of the cold. Try a Football, Hockey, or Basketball game. 

27. Have a Dance night

Feel like dancing? Why not try a family dance party. Turn on some music, grab the kiddos and dance it out all around the house. My son loves to dance and have dance parties. It’s also a great way to let them get out some energy before bed. Maybe then they will go to bed easier for you.

28. Start a Scrapbook

Are your family pictures piling up? If you’re stuck inside because of the snowy, cold weather what great way to finally organize those photos by putting them in a scrapbook. I tend to make a scrapbook for big vacations. It’s a fun way to keep those memories.

29. Binge Watch a TV Series

Winter is also a good time to binge watch that TV show you’ve been wanting to see but haven’t had the time to sit down and watch.

30. See the Nutcracker

One thing I think of when I think of Christmas is the Nutcracker. That might be due to the fact that when I was a kid, I was in the nutcracker every year. The Nutcracker is a great way to celebrate Christmas. It can be a fun ballet, so hopefully they won’t get bored during it.

31. Take a Cooking Class

I always wanted to take a cooking class with my husband, but we just haven’t gotten a chance to take that class yet. But why not try your cooking skills this Winter during a cooking class with your spouse. Maybe even make it a competition and see who makes the best tasting food. Ask the teacher to be the judge and see who she chooses.

32. Make a Gingerbread House

This can be a fun activity for you and the kiddos this Christmas. Purchase a Gingerbread House kit, set it up and start making it with the kids.

2 Made Up Gingerbread Houses
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33. Go Bowling

This is a fun indoor activity to get out of the cold. And kids will love this activity. It’s great for birthday parties as well.

Bowling balls at a bowling rink
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34. Make Homemade Soup

Cold weather is a great time to enjoy some nice, hot, homemade soup. And what’s great about soup is if you make a whole pot and it makes too much, you can always freeze it. Some of my favorite soups to make during the cold season is Butternut Squash, Zuppa Toscano, Jambalaya, Lasagna soup, Chili, and Mushroom soup. Yummy!

35. Try a New Restaurant

Maybe your tired of cooking and you want to go out to eat once in a while, but you’re also tired of the same old food, the same old restaurant. Maybe when you get to those same old restaurants, you always order the same thing because that is what you know and like. Why not try a new restaurant this time? Maybe even a new type of cuisine: Indian, Thai, French, etc. Could be fun!

36. Clean Out Your Clothes and Organize Your Closet

Your switching out your closet from your summer clothes to you winter clothes and you come across some clothes that you haven’t worn in years. Instead of having those clothes take up space in your closet and drawers that you know you are never going to wear again, think about getting rid of them. You can give them to relatives as hand me downs (my family is notorious for this) or maybe you know friends that can use them, especially if you have some kids clothes that they’ve outgrown, or you can donate them. Think about it.

You don’t have to be bored this winter just because it’s snowy and cold out. There are plenty of activities to do in the winter that can keep you, your family, and your kiddos busy. With this list of 36 family activities to do this winter, I am sure you can find a few things on this list that can keep you and your family occupied this winter.


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