It always seems like summer lends itself to easily to having lots to do while the cold months get a bum rap of being a long, boring season. Change that this year with this mega Winter Bucket List For Families! This list of fun winter activities has so many ideas that you’ll stay busy all season long, making memories and having fun…together!
While summer provides fun in the sun and swimming and chasing lightning bugs, Winter has a fun all of its own! Instead of just hiding out under the covers at home waiting for the snow to melt and the beach weather to return, make it a goal to check off all the activities on this Winter Bucket list.
In the summer it’s easy to come up with tons of activities to do. The warm sunny weather just begs kids to go outside and play.
Wintertime is a little different. With the short days and cold temps, many kids would prefer to stay inside and play on devices.
How Do You Make Winter Fun?
This time of year doesn’t mean you have to stay cooped up in the house, listening to the kids complain about how bored they are.
It also doesn’t have to be a season full of being chained to computers, iPads, TVs and other electric devices.
There are so many fun and wonderful things you can do together as a Family in the wintertime. Some households just find themselves struggling to come up with ideas and asking themselves “what do you do in the winter vacation?”
That’s why I’ve done the legwork for you and compiled a HUGE list of things that you can do this winter with your family. You’ll never be short on ideas and you can feel free to repeat the ones that your family loves as often as you want.
Or you can make it a challenge to see if you can complete the entire Winter Bucket List For Families before winter thaws and spring blooms!
I don't know about you, but I don't particularly like the cold, dark months. For years, I pretty much just hibernated all season long. Now, after creating this collection of activity ideas, my family actually has fun during the “off season”.
With so many choices, we never get bored and love having options to choose from when we aren't feeling creative.
With all the fun you’ll have and the memories you’ll make, you’ll be glad you tried this crazy fun list of activities! Goodbye, kids playing video games all day…hello fun and relaxing family time!
This list has a similar vibe to my Fall Family Activities List, but the activities listed here are totally different – perfect for cold weather months!
NOTE: There may be things on the list that may not be practical or possible for you and your loved ones, so feel free to pick and choose or to use it as a plethora of ideas. There is no right way to do this list – the whole point of the list is just to have fun spending time together.
100+ Winter Bucket List Ideas For Families
The things I’ve linked to are just suggestions. In fact, the whole list is just suggestions and ideas to help you enjoy more family time this winter. I hope you find some new favorite winter/holiday traditions on this list!
- Go ice skating
- Donate old toys to a shelter
- Build a snowman
- Complete the Cure Cabin Fever Activity Packet
- Have a snowball fight – Hate the cold? You might prefer this Indoor Snowball Fight kit.
- Make (and eat) snow cream
- Ride snowmobiles
- Go Snow Bowling – Fill some water balloons with colored water and freeze them, then peel off the balloons and use these ice balls for a round of outdoor bowling. (Use empty cans and plastic bottles for the pins.)
- Go sledding
- Donate old towels and bedding to an animal shelter
- Go ice fishing
- See the Nutcracker
- Make hot mulled apple cider
- Make a gingerbread house.
- Go snowboarding (or learn how)
- Learn to Ski
- Volunteer for a charity
- Host a family game night (Here are our Favorite Board Games For Families!)
- Donate toys to Christmas programs
- Attend a hockey game
- Watch classic Christmas movies
- Camp out in the living room
- Go snowshoeing
- Create a pine cone wreath
- Make winter crafts
- Make your own winter table centerpiece
- Take a Christmas light tour
- See the holiday lights in your own neighborhood
- Make homemade bread
- Bake holiday cookies
- Make your own snow globe
- Make snow angels
- Spend a night (or weekend) in a winter cabin
- Build a snow fort
- Host a football party
- Visit a museum
- Do Elf on a Shelf
- Make a nativity scene (or display yours)
- Blow Bubbles and Watch Them Freeze – Instead of using your summer bubbles, mix 3 cups water, 1 cup dish soap and a 1/2 cup light corn syrup—and blow, baby, blow. Make sure it’s below freezing outside.
- Find and cut down a fresh Christmas tree
- Decorate your Christmas tree
- Stay in your pajamas all day
- Have an indoor picnic
- Celebrate the Winter Solstice – The shortest day / longest night falls on December 21st. Celebrate by making luminaries and lanterns
- Set goals for the New Year
- Shovel a neighbor’s driveway
- Do an outdoor winter photoshoot
- Make holiday cards for friends and family
- Take professional winter family photos
- Create an indoor workout routine
- Go for a sleigh ride
- Go winter camping
- Donate cold weather gear to a homeless shelter
- Make a huge warm breakfast
- Make hot cocoa and share family stories
- Watch a marathon of your favorite show
- Make handwritten letters to friends and family
- Send a care package to a soldier
- Go through your old photos/ tell stories about them
- Try all your favorite new casserole recipes
- Make your own Christmas tree ornaments
- Write letters to Santa
- Make gingerbread men
- Cut out paper snowflakes
- Make treats for your neighbors
- Eat candy canes
- Write your own Christmas story
- Go bowling
- Start a new winter family tradition
- Make cinnamon rolls
- Have a “no screen day” together
- Try a new restaurant
- Declutter and organize your closets
- Plan a winter staycation
- Go on a Scavenger Hunt (we do this as gifts from grandma & grandpa now, and the kids LOVE it)
- Learn a new hobby
- Take a winter walk
- Make Christmas stockings
- Visit Santa / take a picture with Santa
- Do an advent calendar
- Adopt a child/ family for Christmas
- Go caroling
- Enjoy a great holiday dinner with your family
- Start a Family Read-Aloud
- Play “Elf” – secretly leave a basket of treats at a neighbor’s door, ring the doorbell and run. Don’t forget to leave a note that encourages the family to keep the fun going.
- Read/site by the fire
- Catch a local Holiday Show – It can be A Charlie Brown Christmas Live on Stage, The Nutcracker ballet, Elf the Musical or the local high school production of whatever.
- Have a Disney Movie Marathon
- Cook Chicken Noodle Soup
- Make Homemade Gifts – Cookies, breads, a Christmas Tree ornament – it doesn’t matter what as long as your kiddo used their hands to create it.
- Have a Winter Picnic
- Host a Cookie Exchange Party
- Drive around to see the Holiday Lights
- Tackle a Giant Puzzle
- Make Ornaments – No matter if it’s salt dough ornament or made from the kits you get at the craft store, it’s a sweet tradition to add to your annual winter bucket list.
- Take a Train Ride
- Make S’Mores – Roast them over a fire pit in the yard, in your fireplace, over the gas flame of your stove or in the microwave—it tastes delicious anyway!
- Go Swimming – Find a nearby indoor pool or water park and spend a day cannonballing to escape the winter cold.
- Have the kids do an act of kindness for each other
- Play Tic-Tac-Toe in the Snow
- Go Snow Tubing – It’s not the same as sledding—it’s better. You can do it at most ski mountains.
- Learn to play Chess
Wow! There you go! 100+ fun indoor winter activities (well, mostly indoor) to keep you busy and having tons of fun all winter long. Don’t stop there! There are so many great things you can do together as a family in the winter!
I hope this Winter Bucket List for Families has inspired you to try some and to think of even more great, fun ideas on your own. You can even get your family in on it and have them come up with ideas to add to your activity options as well!
Have a wonderful winter!
Are there any fun winter activities that you and your loved ones do that didn’t make the Winter Bucket List For Families? Tell me – I might add your activity to the list!
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