25 Fun Things to Do With Kids in Winter

Beat Cabin Fever & Have Fun Together During the Winter Months

Girl and her father outside in winter
Plan these fun things to do with kids in winter. Photo © UpperCut Images/Getty Images

Got cabin fever? You're not alone. Being stuck indoors all winter will make anyone antsy. Instead of going stir crazy, try these 25 fun things to do with kids in winter.

Beat Cabin Fever With These 25 Things to Do With Kids in Winter

  1. Make homemade hot cocoa with marshmallows.
  2. Go sledding together. (Don't forget to bundle up and bring the bike helmets for added safety!)
  3. Make paper snowflakes and hang them up in unexpected places around your home.
  1. Go bowling. If your kids are young, try the 'duck pins' for little ones.
  2. Use your phone's camera to make a slow-motion video of the snow accumulating outside your window. Then send it to family members via email to show them how deep the snow really is!
  3. Make a graph showing each day's high and low temperatures for the week. Then make predictions about next week and see who's closest to each day's actual temperature.
  4. Make ice cream using snow.
  5. Go roller skating at an indoor rink that plays your favorite music.
  6. Have a snowball fight. If your kids are different ages/sizes, set a few 'ground rules' up front.
  7. Play board games together, and be sure to introduce the kids to some of your favorites!
  8. Make a pine cone bird feeder using peanut butter and birdseed. Then hang it outside a window where you'll get to see the birds enjoy the treat each day.
  9. Take a guess at how much snow is on the ground. Then grab a ruler and go measure it to see how much snow you've gotten this year.
  1. Make greeting cards for residents of a local nursing home. Then take a 'field trip' to deliver them together.
  2. Make snow angels in your yard and watch the snow fall together.
  3. Buy a kid-sized shovel and shovel the driveway or sidewalk together. (If the snow is really deep, be sure to carve out a 'lighter' area for your kids to work.)
  1. Visit your local library and check out books on winter themes. Then come home and take turns reading to one another. Bonus: use your phone to record one another reading and then save the recordings for bedtime stories on a night when you're extra exhausted.
  2. Draw and color a mural showing a winter scene. Then hang it up in your living room where the kids will enjoy seeing it every day, or mail it to a family member who lives in an area of the country unaccustomed to snow.
  3. Build a snow fort together. Or, if it's too cold outside, build your own super fort indoors out of blankets, pillows, and large boxes.
  4. Take a knitting class at your local craft store and make hats for each other.
  5. Fill a spray bottle with colored water and write in the snow. This is a great way for young kids to practice their letters.
  6. Bundle up and take a walk during a snowstorm.
  7. Make a snowman sun catcher and hang it in a window that catches bright morning sun.
  8. Collect old winter coats from family members and friends. Then donate them to a local charity.
  9. Use the back side of some leftover wrapping paper to draw and color life-sized pictures of one another.