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Winter is the ultimate season for snuggling up and enjoying the snowfall. Make the most of the season without going broke with these great family activities. Go ahead and plan these activities for the winter break, and our new family day weekend here in Canada.
Why not make some hot chocolate and have a family meeting. Chat about what you’d like to do as a family and fill in your calendar with things you don’t want to miss. Or instead of making it official on the calendar, write a list on a white board and erase your ideas as you go. Challenge yourselves and see how many fun things you can do together.
Having something to look forward too is an essential part of mental health, which can be a struggle for many during the short days and long cold nights of this season. It’s important to eat healthy, get some fresh air and rest to maintain your health.
All the ideas I’ve gathered below are friendly for children of all ages with babies and toddlers in mind- cause they are the centre of our family life at this time! Get ready to cure your cabin fever and beat those winter blues!
- Go snowshoeing
3. knit a scarf
4. make soup
5. Walk or hike through the woods and enjoy the stillness of the cold and snow
6. Go drive to your nearest snow hill, enjoy throwing the truck into 4×4 and the view- just don’t forget the chains!
7. Go fishing in a lake or pond, ice fishing anyone?
8. Wear your pjs all day and watch your favourite tv series or movies
9. Take pictures in the snow
10. See the Christmas Lights
11. Host a Friendsgiving Potluck and Bonfire
12. Create a morning routine to increase your productivity
13. Make things at home to save money
14. Visit the farmers market
15. Do a meal swap
17. Find animal tracks
18. Decorate for the season
19. Roast marshmallows over the bonfire
20. Start making homemade gifts.
21. Write Valentines Day cards and send to friends and family.
22. Make hostess gifts for winter events season
23. Do some baking with these super easy cookie recipes
24. Read books together, check out new books at the library
25. Rearrange rooms
26. Build forts and play cards
27. Start Lavender from Seed (in January for the PNW zone )
28. Plan your spring vegetable garden
29. Window Shop at Christmas Craft Markets
30. Have a meal by Candle light
31. Stock up on Wrapping Paper post Christmas
32. Have a teddy bear picnic in the living room
33. Build a snowman
34. Complete winter homestead chores
35. Bake an Apple Pie and eat it!
36. Go for a walk in the snow
37. Drink hot chocolate with marshmallows
38. Make hand warmer rice packs
More Winter Activities
40. Drink Apple Cider
41. Sleep More or take a nap
44. Take a carriage ride
42. Sit by the wood stove
43. Upcycle old plaid shirts into scarves, hand warmers, and pajamas
45. Watch a hockey game
46. Enjoy hot toddies
47. Feed birds
49. Bake Bread
50. Tap maple trees or attend a Maple Syrup Festival
60. Decorate your front porch for Winter/Christmas
61. unplug with a social media detox
63. Make tasty stew
64. Have a family game night
65. Go Ice Skating
66. Polar Bear Swim
67. Get Photos with Santa
68. Bake something with love to give away and use these cute labels.
69. Take a train ride
71. Lay in the snow and watch the clouds
72. Drink Peppermint Tea
73. Conduct Random Acts of Kindness
74. Have a bubble bath
Even More Winter Activities
75. Take an ecourse
79. Take out winter clothes, make donations of things that no longer fit
80. Visit the museum
81. Watch Holiday Movies
82. Make pinecone bird feeders
83. Make Snow Angels
84. Host a cookie exchange
85. Use your freezer stash
86. Snowball Painting
87. Give yourself a blue mani and pedi
89. Take winter family photos
90. Make Oatmeal Cookies
91. Complete a Puzzle of a winter scene. Find some at a thrift store and cross your fingers all the pieces are there
93. Shop for seeds in seed catalogues
94. Grow Microgreens for fresh produce at home
99. Make Chicken Boredom Busters
100. Most children are born in July to October… can you guess why?!
101. Now if that didn’t make you smirk then it’s time to find something that will make you smile.
I hope you make the most of your winter season. It really does get a bad rep. but deserves so much more, and so do you.
All the best to you and yours, Diana