Looking out at all the snow in our backyard this weekend, no one felt like going outside. I don’t know about you, but we are snowed out! So what’s a parent to do?
The winter season is a perfect time to explore different activities. Just because it may be cold outside is no reason not to spend precious time enjoying each other’s company. Finding things to do in the winter time may be considered more difficult than spring or summer, but with a little planning there’s plenty you can do as a family!
1. Get out the winter gear and head outdoors
It may not snow in all parts of the world, but there is one commonality during the wintertime and that is the colder temperatures. This is a perfect time to take out the cold weather clothes, bundle up and head outdoors if the weather is nice.
If it is snowing outside, the entire family can participate in making a snowman or even have a snowball fight. Because we have little ones, making a snowman can be hard. While I was out with the kids, my husband built a snow family in the front yard. It was an awesome sight coming home (the boys literally screamed with excitement) and inspired us to get out the sleds and pull the kiddies around.
If you live in an area that is cold but doesn’t snow, you can head out on a nature hike taking in the beauty of the season and the different wildlife/plants. Spending time outdoors together as a family is a great way to connect.
2. Sit by a cozy fire or heater
So it’s cold and raining or snowing and you don’t feel like going outside – grab some warm blankets and comforters and create a cozy spot near the fireplace or heater. Creating a cozy spot everyone can be a great place for family activities to emerge.
You can get out that family game you haven’t played together in years or sift through some old movies you haven’t watched in a long time. Make some popcorn and hot chocolate and just enjoy time together. It can be surprising how fun those old games and movies you forgot about can be.
We pulled out the Legos and set up shop. It was a warm and cozy site, which we all loved. (Best of all for me? No TV!)
3. Go to an indoor ice or skate rink
Many towns have indoor activities, such as ice rinks, that can be fun for the entire family. Even if it has been awhile since you all skated, this activity relates to the season and has a way of bringing a smile to anyone’s face.
Many ice or skate rinks allow you to rent skates, so there is no need to spend extra money on purchasing an item you will only use a few times a year. Save your money and enjoy a nice hot cup of cocoa with your kids after circling the ice or wooden rink a few times.
So if you’re feeling trapped this winter, there is no need to sit in front of the television or computer. This winter get a little creative to engage the entire family in activities that will allow everyone to reconnect.
EVOLVE: Share your great ideas for spending time as a family during the winter.