When it is that time of the year when the weather turns snowy and frigid, many people who live in cold climates find it difficult to think of things to do, especially with kids. Here are ten winter activities for children of any age.
As winter draws closer, parents have started to wonder what activities their children can get involved in to keep them active, engaged, and happy.
While winter does come with the chill, it is important to have the kids up and moving to get a breath of fresh air that is much-needed. Here are winter activities that children of any age would love.
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BUILD A SNOWMAN
Being an activity as old as time itself, building a snowman is probably one of the most wintery activities that kids could do during the depths of winter.
Parents could set up a fun and engaging snowman challenge with the family or neighbors. After all the snowmen have been built, prizes would be given out for the most creative and best-looking snow person around.
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HIT THE SLOPES
If snowman-building is already added to the list and probably even ticked off, this is yet another fun and interesting way to make great use of the weather and the snow all around.
There will be a huge number of dry ski slopes to have a blast while skiing and parents will be able to sign up for lessons for their little ones. However, if skiing might be a little too on the adventurous side, the children may try snow tubing, and they definitely would not regret it.
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TRY THE ICE
If the kids feel particularly excited about some fun and riveting games, ice hockey might be a great way to start. Parents may look up local outdoor arenas or safe ponds and take part in the long-standing Canadian tradition: hockey.
If the snow ends up not falling quite as much as the children would like, they could very easily improvise with road hockey or ball hockey. That is just as fun!
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ORGANIZED SCAVENGER HUNTS
There is no better way to get kids excited and having the best fun than engaging their inner Sherlock Holmes. Whether they choose to do it inside the house or outside, it makes no difference! It's just as fun!
Parents could set up a bunch of clues for the little ones to follow to find the treasure (or they may even lead to another activity on this list). The parents could even have the kids set up their own scavenger hunts for each other. That way, everyone is involved and having a wonderful time.
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JOIN A PARADE
Depending on the residence, the family could join a Santa Claus Parade in the town or even attend one of the holiday season events and activities in town. All they would need is to make sure the hot chocolate and snacks are packed to stay warm.
Another great idea for winter activities is tobogganing. Finding the best hill around to go tobogganing is itself a lot of fun! The children could go together and make a fun party of it. The hot chocolate to warm up after would still be very necessary.
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MOVIE MARATHONS & PAJAMA DAY
Staying inside could never be boring with the right plans. The family could have a Nostalgic Movie Marathon.
Parents can rent their favorite movies from childhood, like "Annie," "Mary Poppins," or "Ghostbusters," and introduce them to the kids, or they could organize Everyone's Favourite Movie Marathon. Pass the popcorn!
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HAVE A WINTER BONFIRE
Everyone can achieve supreme coziness at an outdoor bonfire with everyone snuggled up with extra blankets and a big thermos filled with hot chocolate around a roaring fire.
HAVE A COOK-OFF
Winter is chili season, but cook-offs might not need to be restricted to that. Gather everyone around and split into groups and have the most riveting cook-off — maybe some lasagna, casseroles, or meatballs.
Anything to get the togetherness going. If cooking is not as interesting for the family, the cook-off could easily become a bake-off.
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GO TO A MUSEUM
There are countless museums that the whole family can visit during winter, whether it's an art museum, science museum, or a museum for kids, as long as all safety precautions are observed.