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Fun Winter Activities for Families to Do Indoors and Outdoors

by Tykesha77

In need of some fun winter activities for families? We’ve got you covered. Winter break is a great time to reconnect as a family and create memories. Depending on where you live, during the winter months, temperatures dip, and the days get shorter while the nights get longer, which can make finding fun winter activities for kids a challenge. As parents, it’s always a good idea to be prepared.  

[Updated December 2022]

The following list of fun winter activities will help build up your arsenal and will help keep your kids busy this winter break:

Fun winter activities for indoors and outdoors by top US lifestyle blogger, Momma Wanderlust

Fun Winter Activities for Families: Indoors

  • Have a family movie day or night. Here are my suggestions for travel-related kid movies
  • Play board games
  • Make your own family movie
  • Have a spa day
  • Have a dance party
  • Visit a Smithsonian museum (from home)
  • Learn more about Black history virtually
  • Visit all 7 continents via kid movies
  • Have an indoor picnic
  • Try a new cookie or cake recipe
  • Start planning your next family vacation
  • Build a fort or pitch a tent in the living room and camp indoors
  • Have fun creating crafts. We love to make personalized gifts and mugs, homemade slime, and friendship bracelets.
  • Have an indoor treasure hunt
  • Practice mindfulness through games
  • Watch a play
  • Cook a meal from a different
  • Play hide-and-seek
  • Conduct a science experiment
  • Put on your finest clothes and have a fancy family dinner
  • Play indoor volleyball with balloons
  • Clean out your closets and donate seldom-used items
  • Use Zoom or Skype to have a video meetup with family
  • Write thank you notes for teachers

Fun Winter Activities for Families: Outdoors

Fun winter activities for indoors and outdoors by top US lifestyle blogger, Momma Wanderlust

  • Build a snowman
  • Have a snowball fight
  • Make ice cream out of snow
  • Spark up the firepit, melt marshmallows, make s’mores
  • Enjoy a cup of hot chocolate on the porch (My kiddos love to have a mug of hot cocoa while watching snowfall)
  • Go sledding
  • Build a fort
  • Have snow sculpture contest
  • Shovel snow for a neighbor in need
  • Build a snow castle
  • Snow tubing
  • Go on a nature scavenger hunt
  • Stargazing

Fun winter activities for indoors and outdoors by top US lifestyle blogger, Momma Wanderlust

  • Have a snowball throwing contest
  • Take a winter hike
  • Make snow angels
  • Ice skate
  • Build an igloo
  • Eat an icicle
  • Have a family photoshoot in the snow
  • Create an obstacle course
  • Visit a playground
  • Blow bubbles and watch them freeze
  • Play flag football in the snow
  • Catch snowflakes on your tongue
  • Play a game of bowling using snowballs

If you live in a warmer climate, check out this list of fun things to do with your kids.  If you found this list of fun winter activities to do with kids helpful, you might also like:

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