Skip to main content

The best winter activities for kids you probably haven’t thought of

These winter activities will be fun for the whole family

Kids love winter and heading outside to play in the cold and snow. There’s nothing quite like watching a child’s face light up at the sight of those first snowflakes falling or seeing their cheeks get rosy as they play outside, build snowmen, and make snow angels.

Embracing the colder weather and finding new kids’ winter activities to participate in is a great way to ensure they keep active and healthy year-round. There are so many fun things to do in the winter and once you start embracing the great outdoors, it will make those long, cold months fly by. Here are some awesome kids’ winter activities that you may not have thought of.

Kids learning how to ski
Image used with permission by copyright holder

Try something new

It can be easy to want to stay in the house once the weather gets cold, but the best way to truly enjoy winter is to fully embrace it. If you’ve never tried skiing or snowboarding, what are you waiting for? Google your local ski mountain and plan a day for the kids, or the whole family if you’re feeling adventurous, to try something new. Ski hills have lots of equipment you can rent for the day, so the only thing you need to bring with you is your warm clothes. You can experiment on your own or hire an instructor to give some lessons. Finish the day enjoying some hot chocolate in the ski lodge.

Girl sitting on a snow tube
Image used with permission by copyright holder

Plan a snow tubing outing

If skiing isn’t for you but you still want to get the family outside enjoying the winter weather, check out snow tubing. Many ski resorts now offer this fun and exciting activity the entire family will enjoy. The best part about snow tubing is that almost everyone can enjoy it and you don’t need to know how to ski or snowboard to participate. Most resorts will have an age and/or height requirement, and many offer solo rides and even family tubes! Snow tubing is a fun way for the whole family to enjoy a day on the slopes.

A boy pointing to which Disney movie he wants to watch on TV
Image used with permission by copyright holder

Enjoy a movie marathon

As fun as it can be frolicking in the snow, there are times when you simply want to stay inside, cuddle up in front of the television with a cup of hot chocolate, and watch a movie! Plan a movie marathon with the family and let everyone pick what movies to watch. Organize some snacks that match the theme of the movies and enjoy a day inside with the family as the cold wind swirls outside.

Kids playing ice hockey on outdoor rink
Image used with permission by copyright holder

Go ice skating

Sure, you may have thought of ice skating, but have you ever done it? Ice skating is a wonderful way to keep your kids active through the winter months. Whether you prefer to skate indoors or out, it’s a great skill for kids to have that they can enjoy as they grow up. Many skating rinks offer rental skates so your kids can try them before investing in their own pair, and they also have skating devices they can hold on to that help them skate. Before you know it, your kids may love skating so much that they want to join their local ice hockey or figure skating club!

Toddler with snowman
Image used with permission by copyright holder

Do you want to build a snowman? Of course, you do! Challenge your kids and their neighborhood friends to get creative and have a snowman-building contest. You can give little prizes to the most creative, most artistic, best theme, etc.

A parent walking with their two children in the snow all bundled up
Image used with permission by copyright holder

Host a scavenger hunt

If your kids tend to stay outside for less time than it took to get them dressed for the outdoors, a scavenger hunt may be just what you need to keep things exciting. You can plan ahead and hide selected items for your kids to find, or you can keep it easy by asking them to find things you know will be in your backyard. Giving your kids a task will not only distract them from the cold, but it’ll also help them enjoy being outside in the cooler weather.

Family sitting in snow
Image used with permission by copyright holder

Make snowball lanterns

Encourage your kids to get creative while outside and have them make these super cute Swedish snowball lanterns from the Artful Parent. Basically, the kids create a pyramid of snowballs and place a tea light in the center. Once the sun goes down, you have these beautiful snow lanterns decorating your yard. You can use battery-operated tea lights or standard candles, which will require parental supervision when lighting.

Kids scaling a rock wall
Image used with permission by copyright holder

Go rock climbing

Winter is also a wonderful time to discover some new, fun local indoor venues. If you have an activities gym with a rock wall nearby, this is a great way for your kids to burn off some energy. Indoor rock climbing gyms tend to have walls for all different age groups and skill levels and are definitely a workout for everyone in the family.

Boy making a snow angel
Image used with permission by copyright holder

Have fun!

Even if you don’t love winter yourself, it doesn’t have to be dreadful for the kids. There are so many ways to enjoy the outdoors and indoors during the winter months that it sometimes just takes a bit of creativity. The bonus is after spending a full day playing in the snow: everyone will enjoy a good night’s sleep!

Editors' Recommendations

Kelli Catana
Kelli is a freelance writer who has covered the world of entertainment, pop culture, parenting, and lifestyle for various…
Kid-friendly YouTubers your child will be safe watching
YouTube accounts your kids will love
two kids playing on phones

Kids love to watch videos on YouTube, and since most are watching on handheld devices and not large televisions, it can sometimes be hard for parents to always monitor what they're watching.  And whether you try to limit screen time or not, chances are your kids are watching something without your knowledge.

Most parents have taken steps to introduce children to internet safety, with some installing parental controls while others try to make sure they always know what sites their kids are visiting. YouTube has become hugely popular amongst kids with a seemingly endless variety of new creators who are posting content kids love. It can be overwhelming for parents to try to keep up and make sure their kids are only following kid-friendly YouTubers who aren’t teaching them the wrong things.

Read more
Costume ideas for kids who don’t know what to be for Halloween and are reluctant to dress up
Help your kid get into the spooky spirit with these costume ideas
Boy dressed as a rock star for Halloween

There are lots of kids who obsess about Halloween, planning their costumes months in advance. But there are also some kids who aren't big fans of dressing up, or who simply stress over finding the perfect costume. Whether your little one is scared of the spooky holiday or they just don’t appreciate the itchy costumes, there are plenty of kids who don’t like to dress up on All Hallow's Eve.

If your child finds all the efforts around finding a costume a bit overwhelming, there are Halloween costume ideas for kids that just might help your child get into the spooky spirit. All they need is their own clothes and some minor details added. Here are our top costume ideas for kids of all ages who don’t know what they want to be for Halloween.

Read more
The best Halloween costumes for a family of 4 that are simple to find or create
Halloween themes for your crew of four
Family of four dressed in Halloween costumes.

Dressing up for Halloween as a family is a bonding experience your kids will remember forever. Plus, it might get you guys the good candy for being the cutest family out trick-or-treating. Whether you have little ones or older kids, there are a variety of group costume ideas to get the whole family in the spooky spirit. Check out some of the best Halloween costumes for a family of four that will make your crew the neighborhood celebrities on All Hallows' Eve.

Dress up as your favorite animated or movie family
Use being a family of four to your advantage by looking up families that feature four or more members, then each family member could pick their favorite character and bring the beloved show or movie to life. Let the little kids pick out their favorite show or see if the parents want to throw it back to a movie they grew up with.
Iconic animated families to recreate

Read more