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Outdoor Winter Activities for Families


For many families around the country winter has arrived in full-force which means so have the more frequent days spent indoors to avoid frostbite and the potential runny nose! Not to mention the mess of playing in the wet snow.  Winter doesn’t have to correlate to more time indoors and zero hours of daylight. In fact, there are plenty of fun, outdoor family activities that are perfect for any winter climate. Check out our top 8 outdoor winter outdoor activities for families.

  1. Embark on a winter walk or hike. Don’t let the chilly temperatures keep you stuck indoors! Bundle up and head for an adventure in the great outdoors for either a walk around the neighborhood or the local hiking trails.
  2. Play outdoor bowling with frozen balloons. The kids will get a kick out of their frozen bowling ball and learn about how water freezes in chilly temperatures. For a step by step tutorial, click here.
  3. Cold weather science fun with a snow volcano! For this science project all you need is a bit of snow, a plastic bottle, baking soda, vinegar and food coloring. Put it all together and then watch your wintery volcano erupt! Check out step by step instructions here.
  4. Go ice skating or play ice hockey. Whether you opt for an outdoor ice rink or an indoor rink, ice skating is a great way to learn or perfect a new skill, burn energy, and have a whole lot of fun. If you live in an area where winter sports are popular, this is a great chance to expose your child to a new sport.
  5. Warm up and roast marshmallows around a campfire. Campfires aren’t just a summer activity; bundle up, grab marshmallows, chocolate, and graham crackers and have yourself some good ol’ campfire fun. Snuggle up afterwards in a cozy blanket and gaze at the stars.
  6. Do some good for people in your community. If you live in a snowy-state, offer to shovel out a neighbors’ walkway or driveway. If you live in a warmer climate, enjoy the outdoors and clean up a local park with friends and family. Spending time as a family helping others is also a great way to teach children about gratitude and giving.
  7. Visit an outdoor festival. As the holidays approach, many towns and cities offer outdoor festivals. If you’re willing to brave the colder temperatures, head out as a family and explore what each festival has to offer. Grab a cup of hot cocoa or apple cider and visit the vendors, play outdoor games, and enjoy the time spent together as a family.
  8. Have snow much fun! Go sledding, skiing, make snow angels, or build snowmen! When you can’t beat the winter weather, bundle up and head outdoors. Whether you head to the mountains to ski, or you’re heading in your backyard to build a snowman, the winter weather offers a ton of skill building and fun!

Take advantage and enjoy the winter season with these fun, family friendly activities! The Little Gym offers lots of fun year-round with kid-focused activities and opportunities for play. Check out a local The Little Gym near you!

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