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Fun Activities to do in the Winter with Your Family


It's currently fall but I'm already thinking about winter. While I'm not a fan of the cold temperatures, I'm however a fan of snow. I love the snow and having the kids build snowmen and make snow angels. I've even been known to join in the snow angel fun. However, for some, winter may bring on a case of extremely bored kids, but there are a few ways to deal with that. Today I want to share with you some ways to get creative, with this list of fun activities to do in the winter with your family, as a means to enjoy the winter break that will be arriving soon and the season as a whole.



1. Snow Sculptures – get that warm gear on and go outside to build a snow sculpture together.

2. Create a Living Room BBQ – create an indoor BBQ event with family using regular kitchen equipment but BBQ themed food and décor.

3. Campout Inside – bring the camping inside with the whole family, setup a tent in the living room and pretend you are outside on a camping trip.

4. Go Sledding – head to the local sled retailer in your area, let each family member select their own slide and get outside to go sledding.


5. Make Snowflake Crafts – take a day with paper and other crafty items to create snowflakes inside with the family for Winter décor.

6. Go Ice Skating – most towns have an ice skating rink set up at the town common, head down and get on board with making this a family tradition activity.

7. Have a Book Reading Night – curl up in comfy pajamas around a fireplace and read some fun Winter season books together.

8. Write Letters to Santa – if your family celebrates Santa at Christmas time sit down and write a letter to Santa and mail it out to the North Pole.


9. Go Light Viewing – there are many holiday light displays that appear around the area in Winter, take a night drive looking at the beautiful lights together.

10. Throw a New Year Party – New Year arrives during the Winter season, attempt to plan a New Year’s Eve party for the family to bond together.

11. Check Out Museums – the Winter season is a great time to check out indoor museums that you didn’t see during warmer months.

12. Movie Theater – hit the movie theater to see a new movie that is out, since it’s cold outside, it makes sense to catch up on the movie releases.


13. Learn to Love Winter Crafts – this season brings on many Pinterest craft ideas that are available for families to do together. Learn to love Winter crafts.

14. Volunteer in Community – The cold months bring many homeless into shelters, try to go volunteer at a local shelter or food bank to help others in need.

15. Learn to Bake - the cold Winter season brings on the need to warm the home up a bit, so why not learn to bake something special together?!

16. Go Out Caroling – this is an old tradition that has died over the years, collect the family and go door to door caroling in your neighborhood together.



17. Throw a Super Bowl Party – if football is your thing, create a huge super bowl party for friends and family to attend.

18. Plan a Vacation – if your family has a savings to do so, plan a vacation to somewhere warm during Winter break.

19. Become a Local Tourist – with the cold weather outside you may want to go check out some indoor attractions in your local town.

20. Sugar on Snow – a fun little treat on a snowy day is sugar on snow, grab a bowl of clean snow, pour some maple syrup on top and enjoy!

21. Pay Santa a Visit – Christmas is fast approaching and nothing screams winter like a portrait with Santa. If it's a tradition, I suggest beating the Christmas rush and getting them early. Get a family portrait, because after all, it's holidays!


Let's discuss: Can you think of any other fun winter family activities? 

Annmarie John
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  1. What great ideas and as I am not a fan of the cold, I myself am more for the indoor ideas than anything else though! ;)

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    1. Indoors during the winter sure is a better way to do things. I'm not a fan of the cold myself either.

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  2. We don't usually get much snow, but when we do, I tend to get outside and act just like a kid. One of my favorite activities during the Christmas holidays is riding around and looking at all the beautiful lights.

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    1. I love doing that too. I don't light up but my neighbors do and it's spectacular!

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  3. I really wish we have snow over here - it could be so much fun and so much things we could do to have more fun! Though there are still lots to do indoors, too.

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    1. I wish we didn't have snow but my kids love it. My youngest loves making snow angels.

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  4. These are such fun ideas of what to do in the winter. I Love the idea of visiting Santa Claus. I don't have any kids, so I think Fall Foliage is my fun activity :)

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    1. You do realize that even as an adult you can visit Santa Claus. Make it fun, be a kid again!

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  5. I love this list!! We love to do movie nights with lots of baking in the winter time, it's one of our favorite activities.

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    1. Awww we tend to do that too. We love baking especially in the winter.

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  6. One of my favorite activities is to drive around and see all the lights during the holidays. It's amazing what you can see. I especially love the holiday windows at stores.

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    1. When I lived in NYC, I used to love going to 34th street and looking at the Macy's window display. It was amazing.

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  7. It's my granddaughter's first Christmas so we are planning to start some new holiday traditions. We used to always go ice skating as a family.

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    1. How special that is going to be. I remember my kids first Christmas. Remember to take lots of photos.

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  8. These are all SUCH fun ideas!! I absolutely love the idea of an indoor BBQ - we use the grill sooo much throughout the year, but sometimes it's so cold out that it's impossible. Love this list!!! And writing letters to Santa with the kids is priceless!

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    1. I bought an indoor stove grill at IKEA and we tend to use that a lot indoors. It's great!

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  9. I like the idea of doing museums or the movie theater during the winter. It can be too cold to do stuff outdoors with little kids, especially when the weather is harsh!

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    1. When the weather gets too cold, it's always a good idea to go indoors.

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  10. Gosh this makes me miss snow so much. We barely get any here! I'm always down to try new winter crafts and recipes though.

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    1. I wish we barely got snow but unfortunately we do. Not as much as when I lived in NYC, but still enough for them to close down roads and shut the schools.

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  11. I am not usually a fan of winter but these look like fun activities!! Great post!!

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    1. Thank you Ricci and why aren't you a fan of Winter?

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  12. I wish we had snow here in Australia - having a white christmas is such a bucket list thing for me!

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    1. I didn't realize that Australia didn't have snow. Visiting Australia is also on my bucket list.

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  13. I love these ideas, they are so fun.
    Winter time is great for a movie theatre, it is also nice for the summer to cool off in the AC theatre ;)

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    1. Oh I love going to the movies, especially when there's a good movie showing.

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  14. Wow! That's a lot of activities to keep the kids busy. There's so much that we can do to make sure they're not bored during their break, it's just that we also have to put in some effort as well and not just let them find what they want to do for the day.

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    1. When it comes to kids, you've certainly got to put in the effort.

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  15. We always have a special trip to the Indy Children's Museum in January when the coldness is at it's peak. It was cheers up spirits! We'll need to try out indoor camping. Sounds excellent!

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    1. I've never heard of the Indy Children's Museum, that does sound like fun.

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  16. These are all great family activities to do in the winter. We still go sledding in the winter even though my sons are men. It is something Like a tradition. Thanks for shairng the list.

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    1. Traditions are good and I have a few that we do ourselves too.

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  17. I'm weird and I LOVE WINTER! I am in love with this list! Can't wait to see Santa - we're counting the days! And hopefully we get enough snow to play in it!

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    1. Oh while I only can tolerate Winter, it sure is nice to see Santa. We've already met him at the North Pole this year.

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  18. I hope we get a lot of snow this year. Here in the DC area we usually get a good about of snow. We do several of these but I like the indoor BBQ idea. I need to try that one.

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    1. I'm not hoping for a lot of snow at all. I can do without it actually.

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  19. This is absolutely a great idea and it looks so much fun.

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  20. These are great Winter activities and Winter will be here before we know it. So glad I have these new ideas.

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    1. Glad that I was able to help with your list.

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  21. I am fan of both snow & cold weather and cant wait for the season to arrive. These are some wonderful family activities to try out during winter with loads of fun all around. My choices would be Winter Crafts with kids, baking something special & getting ready for Christmas & New Year!

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    1. Oh I'm not a fan at all but we do a few activities together because my kids love it and I try to accommodate them.

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  22. These activities you've listed are all fun! My kids are all grown up now, so they have their own activities to attend to. However, I will still keep these ideas in mind for when we are all home enjoying the warmth of family.

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    1. It is good to have them all together under your roof. Maybe you can do it at Christmas.

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  23. amazing idea :) I'll promise to myself that my family will encounter this kind of activity this coming winter :) Thank a lot :)

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    1. You're very welcome and thanks for stopping by.

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  24. what a great ideas! :) Im now excited for the winter :D

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    1. Oh while I'm not excited for winter, I know that the kids are.

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  25. Oh these ideas are so fun! we will do all this activities!

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  26. These are very fun. I also don't like the cold temps but I will tolerate them to play in the snow lol.

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    1. Oh that's the only thing I love about winter, we love making snow angels.

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  27. I meant to comment last night and somehow had this on my computer all day. Joy! Winter is hard for me, so we do sledding for sure. Hot cocoa bars, snowmen, the whole nine yards! If not for kids, I'm not sure I'd have this much fun, though.

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    1. Sledding can be fun and you have the perfect place to do it. I have to buy Madison a sled for this year.

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  28. I can't think about winter yet. That being said, I'm bookmarking this for when we do have snow on the ground. :)

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    1. Oh some places have already had snow, I'm not looking forward to it myself.

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  29. It doesn't snow here but sometimes it does get really cold. We could do some of the things on your list, thanks for sharing.

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    1. Well you can do the things that doesn't require you to have snow. :)

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  30. Love those ideas! I especially like the camping out inside and the BBQ inside too. Those can be quite fun with the little people. Thanks!

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    1. Oh the little ones will surely enjoy it. They might love camping more than the BBQ.

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