This winter is seeming a little bit neverending and we STILL have February to go. It’s so easy to just cuddle up under a blanket, stay in PJ’s all day and watch movies or read books or work on crafting things. Lily is our resident baker and has the house smelling with yummy oveny smells all winter. I’m sharing 10 Awesome Winter Activities For Kids to get you out of the house and exploring!
Thomas is into everything – HotWheels, Coloring, Osmo, Science, Building blocks, stickers, glitter. And Jonah loves just being around us. Needless to say… this family of mine loves being home and finding little projects to keep busy!
Fortunately, I am not a homebody and need to get out and get things going. So we always have a plan for shaking things up and getting out of the house. Living in the New York City Suburbs, there is no shortage of activities every day and we definitely take full advantage of all the cultural offerings. I mean even the malls around here have arcades, ropes course inside the mall, ice skating…etc.
Here is a list of our favorite activities to do when the winter blues get ya good!
- How about a winter hike? This is one of our favorite things to do. The lakes and streams are usually frozen and the kids love being able to walk on the ice or look for fish under the water. We also have gorgeous bald eagles on the Hudson River who sit on the icebergs and go fishing. It’s a pretty amazing sight. We hike year round and hiking in the winter is so very drastic that’s it’s exciting to see the changes in nature.
- Go to a museum. No matter where you live, I’m sure there is a museum nearby. A train museum, a doll museum or modern art museum. Take the kids. Don’t worry about the “kid friendly” part…art is great for all.
- Visit your local library. Libraries are full of programming for all ages and most libraries have vibrant kids corners with tons of activities like crafts, train sets, building blocks and more.
- Go rock climbing. The kids love our local indoor rock climbing space. There are endless options and levels for bouldering and climbing. It’s a great workout for the whole family and the perfect way to spend a cold day.
- How about an afternoon at the movies? Go for the popcorn and drinks and candy and make it a full afternoon of family bonding fun at your local movie theatre.
- Aquariums are also the perfect cold weather activity. Our aquarium has a shark and stingray touch tank which the kids love. There are usually craft activities for kids every day and a cafeteria inside the museum so you never have to leave!
- Bundle up the kids and head over to the local park for sledding. This is the perfect way to see neighbors and spend some active time outdoors. Our local park has a shed with a fireplace and we usually bring hot chocolate in a thermos to share.
- Host a dinner party! This is our favorite go-to activity in the cold winter months. We invite our friends over for dinner and just settle in for the cold evening and into the night. Fire in the fireplace, kids busy playing, laughter, stories, food, and drink. Perfect.
- Outdoor bonfire. Invite your neighbors over and bring out the smores supplies for a creative spur of the moment and a totally unexpected way to spend the cold snowy months. We’ve done this with the kids many times and they absolutely think it’s magical! We don’t stay out too long but just long enough to eat a few smores and enjoy the fire.
- Make cookies for your neighborhood. Lily did this a few weeks ago. She made tons of cookies for our neighbors and walked around and dropped them off. Well, actually we ate most of them before they were dropped off so only about two neighbors received the baked goods. Still, though, it’s such a great idea and it gets the kids baking and going outside for a short walk around the block.