Winter activities: outdoor activities for kids in the winter
Winter is coming! This means that many of us are already preparing for this year's cold and festive season. While the winter may seem cold and dark, it’s actually a great season to enjoy the beautiful outdoors and experience the magic of snow. Need some ideas for outdoor activities for kids this winter? Check out these fun winter activities that will help create some great memories during the snowy season!
Visit a Christmas market
A great way to get out of the house as the cold weather approaches is by visiting a Christmas market. What better way to get outside and get into the Christmas spirit? Christmas markets are a fun and easy way to get the kids outside to make lasting memories this holiday season. Let them explore the market and everything it has to offer, like hot drinks, admiring the lights and decorations, playing games, trying warm Christmas treats, and listening to carolers! It’s also a great place to have a more sustainable Christmas, where you can pick up some local and handmade gifts. There is always something wonderful to see and do at your local Christmas market, so make sure it’s added to your bucket list for this winter.
If you grew up in a place with snow, it's likely that one of your favourite childhood memories during the wintertime is racing down a hill in your sled! Tobogganing is a great way to let the kids have some fun and excitement this winter without much effort. All you need to do is grab a sled, head to your local tobogganing hill and see all the kids racing up and down. It’s great fun to get outside, feel the wind in your face, and enjoy the snow. Of course, this is an activity where adult supervision is required.
Do something different this winter and try snowshoeing! Snowshoeing is great exercise for young and old, and is perfect for it’s low impact on the body. You may feel a little sore the next day however! Snowshoeing is also a great way to teach children about this ancient mode of transportation that has been perfected over thousands of years. Indigenous people around the world have used snowshoes to get from one place to another in the snow, and are an interesting way to explore the outdoors in the snow. This is an experience that the kids will never forget!
Do you want to build a snowman?
Waiting for the next fresh snowfall to build a magical friend? Building a snowman is one of the most quintessential winter activities. When that perfect layer of snow hits the ground, get out there and create something special. Whether your little ones want to build a snowman, snowwoman, a snow fort, or any other snowy creation, it’s a guaranteed awesome way to enjoy the snow this winter.
Take the kids ice-skating
Ice-skating is another great activity to make lasting memories this winter season. To make the most of the great outdoors, visit a lake to experience the beauty of skating in nature. Make sure that the ice is guaranteed to be safe and solid before venturing out for a skate. You will know it’s safe if you visit a lake that’s known to be a skating lake, and will most likely see lots of people out skating. Another great option is to visit an outdoor rink, where you can skate at night and even rent skates. Skating is a great thing to learn as a child, and will help them build confidence and learn a new skill!
Go for a walk in the forest
One easy and foolproof way to let the kids enjoy the wonders of wintertime is by taking them out for a walk in the forest. The forest is a magical place to explore in the wintertime, where you can see winter birds and the white snow on the trees. This is a great opportunity to let the kids truly experience the changing of the seasons, and to understand how nature exists in a beautiful cycle. If you have toddlers or young children, try taking the toboggan along to give them a magical winter ride.
Make some hot coco
Of course, you can’t celebrate the winter season without making some warm and cozy drinks. After you return from your fun winter activities with the kids, why not make a nice hot cup of hot chocolate? Make your hot chocolate extra winterlicious by adding this adorable marshmallow snowman. It’s almost too cute to eat...but not quite! Check out our marshmallow snowman hot chocolate recipe to create the best hot chocolate ever!
Hopefully this list has inspired you to embrace the cold with open arms! Make this winter extra special for your little ones and try some of these winter activities. All of these outdoor activities for kids are guaranteed to put a smile on any child’s face as they explore the beautiful outdoors this winter season.