Winter has arrived across the country. Although the balmy flip-flop days may be put on hold, there’s plenty of ways to keep the kids busy when the winds of winter blow into your town. Stay on top of upcoming winter weather with weather.com and plan ahead for school’s out days by signing up for email or text messaging when school’s delayed or cancelled.
Whether you plan a winter getaway to a local ski resort or stay close to home, these indoor and outdoor snow day activities will keep your kids busy during this winter’s snow days.
Kids of all ages enjoy playing in the snow on snow days. Building snow forts, having snowball fights and sledding are the top three activities for kids when it snows. Join in the fun on the next snow day. Pick up a snow tube, snowboard or family-sized sled and hit the hills with your kids.
If you have a hill in your yard, you’re ready for fun. If not, walk or drive to the nearest big hill in your neighborhood. Invite friends to bring their sleds and hold sledding races. See which type of sled is fastest and whether it’s faster sledding alone or with two people on a sled.
Another option is to hit the road and visit a nearby ski resort. Skiing, snowboarding and snow tubing are all great ways to enjoy a day in a winter wonderland. Wintergreen Resort and Massanutten Resort are favorite winter getaway destinations for Central Virginia families. In addition, Liberty Mountain Snowflex Centre in Lynchburg offers year-round skiing, snowboarding and tubing all year on its synthetic Snowflex mountain.
If you’re staying close to home, here are some additional snow day activities to enjoy with your kids.
Make a bucket of snow ice cream and invite the neighborhood kids over. This simple Snow Ice Cream recipe from AllRecipes.com will win you kudos from your kids — and the neighborhood kids too.
Snow Ice Cream
Place a large, clean bowl outside when it starts to snow and collect 1 gallon of snow. Add 1 cup of white sugar and 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract and mix. Stir in 2 cups of milk, until snow cream is the proper consistency. Serve at once and enjoy.
Some kids like to eat snow just the way it comes down, eating snow by the handful. Other kids love making snowballs to use as weapons against their brothers and sisters.
Have a snowball fight. Set up teams or play kids vs. adults. You might need to build snow forts first so you have a refuge from the battle.
Build a snowman. Work together as a family to make one snowman or let each family member make their own creation. Don’t forget charcoal for the eyes and mouth and a carrot nose.
Build a snow igloo. You will find a step-by-step guide at Instructables.com to help you make a snow igloo in your yard using powdery snow. You will need to add a little water to powdery snow for better building.
Younger kids get cold quickly when playing in the snow. Preschoolers will enjoy building snow angels by lying in the ground and moving arms up and down to create wings.
Young kids may not be comfortable sledding alone so use a sled that will hold two or more and enjoy family sledding. Teens and ‘tweens may prefer snowboarding or snowtubing.
Take a winter hike together. Bring a camera to capture to sights and sounds of winter fun in your neighborhood.
After the snow fun, come inside and enjoy hot chocolate with marshmallows. When you’re done, pull out the craft box and have fun with snow crafts.
Snow crafts are fun for kids of all ages. Start with a sheet of blue construction paper. Cut three balls from white paper to make a snowman. Glue cotton balls to the paper to make a snowy background. Add confetti snowflakes or make cut snowflakes from white paper and glue to the paper.
Cut snowflakes from white construction paper. Fold the paper to form a square, cutting off the excess paper. Fold the square into a triangle, then fold several additional times into smaller triangles. Using scissors, cut shapes into the small triangle. When done cutting, open your paper and you’ll have a unique snowflake.
Plan a board game blitz day or watch movies together. Pop some popcorn, cuddle together in a warm blanket and enjoy spending time together.
Plan ahead for snow days. Take the day off from work if you can and enjoy the gift of a snow day with your kids when the winter winds blow. Whether your kids are toddlers or teens, snow days offers family fun for all ages.