Even though the holidays are behind us, there’s still a lot of “winter” left. If you live in a cold climate, you’re probably looking for a lot of indoor activities to do with your kids. If you’re lucky enough to get snow where you live, then finding outdoor activities becomes a lot easier. Even though we live in Southern California, our winter thus far has been quite chilly and damp. But in order to see snow, we have to drive at least 3-6 hours away. In today’s post I’m sharing our family’s winter bucket list! These are all the activities, both big and small, we hope to squeeze in during this brief season of cooler temps. Not only are these fun ideas for families, but also for date nights!
** If you have a frozen pond nearby, then you’re all set. In Los Angeles, we actually have lots of manmade seasonal ice rinks that provide the same amount of fun, so I’m sure most cities have something similar.
SEE MARY POPPINS AT THE THEATER
** We saw this over the holiday break and loved it! I couldn’t believe how much my boys got into it. As soon as they got home they wanted to watch the original movie too!
** We’re a big ski family so we look forward to this every year. We usually try to go 3-4 times a season, but this year we may only be doing one longer trip. Our favorite “local” place to ski as a family is June Mountain. If you’ve never been, check out this post from last year.
AFTER-SCHOOL HOT CHOCOLATE DATES
** I try to fit in as many of these as I can, and surprising them with one in the middle of the week is extra special!
SLEDDING AND/OR TUBING
** We were fortunate enough to have a really fun sledding event at our church in December and we will probably go snow tubing during our ski trip. Kids and sleds are always fun!!
** Even if you don’t have a firepit to do the real-deal stick with a marshmallow on it, there are so many ways to make this work nowadays. They actually sell s’more makers, and the good old microwave works too! It’s really just about the yummy treat and the family togetherness.
A NEIGHBORHOOD HOT COCOA BAR
** Each year I try to set up at least one festive activity for the neighborhood kids. A makeshift hot cocoa bar on the driveway is always a huge hit and you can make it as big, or as casual as you’d like. The kids love to help set it all up too!
FAMILY MOVIE NIGHTS AT HOME
** We do these on a Friday or Saturday evening complete with sleeping bags, popcorn, candy and snuggles!
** So fun to escape the chillier temperatures with a family bowling night!
DECORATING VALENTINES COOKIES
** We never need an excuse over here to decorate cookies, but Valentine’s Day is a good one! If you’re looking for step-by-step instructions and printable recipes for the yummiest sugar cookies and icing, check this post out. If you don’t have time to bake, buying store bought dough and frosting works just the same!
Well it looks like we’ve got our work cut out for us (haha)! Hopefully this list can help give you some ideas the next time you’re looking to plan a family or date night activity. Please share in the comments below what fun things are on your winter bucket list!
Thanks so much for reading and sharing this article! xoxo, JB