Outdoor activities for snow days:
- Build a snowman. Try a snow cat or dog for a variation.
- Make snow angels.
- Have a playful snowball fight.
- Construct a snow fort or igloo.
- Enjoy ice skating, sledding, or cross country skiing with the proper equipment.
Indoor activities for snow days:
- Watch a snow day movie. Suggested titles include: Ice Age, Home Alone, Trapped in Paradise, Groundhog Day, Happy Feet, and Snow Dogs, to name a few. Another option is to pull out some classic movies your children have never seen and enjoy them together.
- Play board games. Board games are a great alternative to movies, TV, and spending more time on the computer. Any of the old ones you have in the closet will do. Don’t have any board games? Make up your own. Years ago when my stepsons were much younger, we created a “Dog Days” game one weekend. It comprised of a homemade board, dog bones served as player’s tokens, and the tiles had dog-related topics on them. It was great fun, and it was extra special because we made it ourselves.
- Whip up something tasty. Whether you cook, bake, or like to make your own chocolate, snow days provide a great time to enjoy making your favorite recipe as a family. Try new ideas like chocolate covered pretzels or gourmet popcorn.
- Get creative. Pull out paints, brushes, old newspapers, and magazines and allow each of your children to create their own piece of art.
- Try something new. Arm and finger knitting are hot new activities that can utilize many types of yarn. Check out this site for step-by-step instructions.
- Dance! Turn off the electronics and TV, move the furniture, and turn on some music. It’s a great way to get some exercise on a snow day while keeping warm inside.
- Read. Whether you engage in this activity as a family or individually, snow days provide precious extra time to catch up on your reading.
- If you have a fireplace, make a fire. It’s a perfect way to keep your family warm and cozy on a snow day.
- Enjoy hot chocolate by the fire. Need a great recipe? Try this one.
- Bring the snow in with “Bottle Guys.” Fill empty plastic bottles ¾ way with snow, decorate, and stick in the freezer.
- Take a nap. After all the outside work and play, you deserve to curl up and get some much-earned rest.
- Capture the events of the day with pictures.
Whether you stick with traditional activities for snow days or find new ways to enjoy the surprising day off, you are sure to create wonderful memories with your family that will last a lifetime. Do you have some great ideas for the next snow day? Feel free to share.