One of the things I love most about winter break is the way it gives my family the chance to really appreciate all the fun winter has to offer. Too often, we tend to hide away indoors when snowy weather arrives instead of embracing the options for great winter activity that the cold weather can bring.
But this year, I’m determined to enjoy every day with my boys, regardless of the weather. Looking for activities could fill your winter break days? Here’s my collection of top winter break ideas for both indoor and outdoor fun!
1) Have a Winter Bonfire
There’s no need to save that fire pit in your backyard for summer! Fill a thermos with hot chocolate, grab a bag of marshmallows and bundle up for some fun around the fire! If you thought a gooey roasted marshmallow was good in the summer heat, wait until you try one on a crisp winter’s day!
2) Build a Quincy
This classic twist on a traditional snow fort is so warm that you can actually sleep in it! Making one takes time and lots of snow, but really couldn’t be easier. Just pile snow into as large of a mound as possible. Let it sit for a few days so the outer layer hardens, then hollow out the inside to create a cozy fort for cold days. Don’t forget to poke an air hole in the top when you’re done!
3) Go on a Nature Hike
Winter can be a great time to learn more about nature! Wait until after a new snowfall and then head out to look for animal tracks. Let the kids guess what kind of animal made each set of prints, and point out the differences between the different types of tracks you find. You’ll be amazed by just how many animals are out and about in the winter months.
1) Visit an Animal Shelter
Just like any pet, animals in a shelter often don’t get to play outside as much when the weather gets cold. And that means they’ll be especially excited to have visitors come play with them for a few hours! Whether you take a few dogs out for a walk or just sit and play with the cats for an hour or two, the furry friends are sure to appreciate the attention!
2) Try a New Recipe
Learning to cook is such a useful skill for children! Pick a kid-friendly recipe that your family can whip up together, and let them get their hands dirty in the kitchen. Try something sweet and winter-themed like snow ice cream or get a little more complicated with a hearty winter warmer like homemade chili. No matter what you cook up as a family, kids love eating food they helped to make!
3) Make a Cool Craft
If the weather’s too cold to head outdoors, why not create a craft that will help local wildlife make it through those chilly winter days in comfort? Make simple waste-free bird feeders by spreading peanut butter or lard on a pinecone and rolling it in birdseed. Or string pieces of popped popcorn, cranberries and whole-grain cereal onto string for an outdoor tree garland that’s as pretty as it is delicious!
To help you find your own favourite winter activity, click the graphic below to download a fun printable calendar with my ideas for every day of the week.
No matter what types of activities we’ve planned for our winter days, Babybel cheese is always our snack of choice. The boys love how much fun the snack is to eat, and I love that it’s made with real, natural ingredients to help fuel their fun.
With protein, calcium and essential nutrients, it’s a great choice for active kids. Check out the new varieties, including Gouda, Cheddar and Swiss, in stores now, and get ready for some fun-filled winter activity!
31 thoughts on “Winter Break Ideas the Whole Family Will Love Plus a FREE Downloadable Winter Activity Calendar”
We love to go at the pounds and they have fire pit set up there and you can cook wienners. It ‘s fun!
Winter fires are awesome, especially cooking over one!!
I do like the idea of a winter bonfire. It’s often too buggy in the summer to enjoy one here (northern Ontario).
Awesome ideas. Thanks for sharing. I absolutely love bonfires but never thought to have one in the winter. I’m definitely curious now.
Love the ideas , i want to have a winter bonfire now , that would be awesome , thanks for sharing :)
Sounds like you know how to embrace our winters :) It’s the only way to get through them with a smile on your face :)
Bonfire! My kids love doing this. One of the benefits of country life is that we can whenever we want (unless there’s a fire ban like there was ALL last summer!)
YES! And that’s the advantage of a winter one – no risk of a fire ban! Lol
Great ideas! Thank you!
I actually have never had a winter bonfire before!! I am totally missing out
Entered thank you and you have a great list