The Best Snow Day Activities for Families

For most, there’s not a whole lot to look forward to during the winter. For kids, on the other hand, there’s at least one thing that makes the whole winter season worth it: snow days! While your school district may or may not have any snow days this year, it’s always good to have a few activities planned ahead to keep the kiddos preoccupied, just in case. Spend the next snow day with these fun, family-friendly activities.

Do All the Outdoor Activities

If school has been canceled because of the snow, you might as well make use of it! Winter will be over before you know it, so take a few hours to make your way through the winter activity checklist. Of course, you’ll have to build a snowman, make snow angels, and craft a snow fort. Just be careful when you’re having a snowball fight! These simple activities are what winter’s all about, but that doesn’t mean you should be limited to them. If everyone in the family is old enough, maybe you could use this day to make an impromptu trip to your nearest ski resort.

Keep Warm in the Kitchen

Even if you don’t dare go outside on a snow day, you’ll still want to keep warm. Although wrapping up in a sweater and blasting the heat will certainly do the trick, there’s another way to warm up. Use your snow day as a chance to make all the winter-appropriate drinks and desserts you can. The end result will be good enough on its own, but the actual process can be a good family bonding experience, as well as a chance for the little ones to learn about working in the kitchen.

Stay Busy Inside

A snow day is a great time to have fun outdoors, but there are also plenty of fun indoor projects to keep you and the family busy on a snow day. Your family’s specific hobbies and interests will most likely guide the day’s events, but if you’re at a loss for what to do, there a few good standbys you can make use of. If you didn’t get your fill of fort-building outside, use the day to make the most awesome blanket fort possible. Or, around lunchtime, have yourself an indoor picnic to change things up. One other thing you could do–which the kids will certainly not like–is take a little time to catch up on schoolwork. Spending even an hour reviewing what they’ve been going over in class recently will be surprisingly helpful to their studies.  

Relax With Some Quiet Time

After all these activities, you and the family are bound to be dead-tired. During any other day of the week (weekends included), you all may be too busy to really have much time to relax. So, if that’s the case, use this rare opportunity to treat yourself to some quiet time. You’ve earned it! Now, what you do with that quiet time is up to you. Perhaps you could have story time or put on a few winter-inspired movies. You might even be tuckered out enough to need some nap time yourself.

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