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It’s cold. Really cold. Snow is piled up, ice covers all the roads, and you can’t remember a time where you couldn’t see your breath. For some reason, winter is some people’s favorite season. I personally don’t get it, but to each their own.

Though I give winter a hard time, the nature of winter (see what I did there) provides and enhances many opportunities for fun activities. You just need to know where to look. I even broke it down, outdoor vs indoor for your preference and convenience.

Outdoor Activities

Snow Sports

This is an obvious one, but for anyone who likes snowboarding or downhill or cross-country skiing winter is a great time. While the rest of us are wrapped in five layers of clothing awaiting winter’s demise, the snow sport lovers are out enjoying life. Seriously, all of these are great activities to get into, especially if you live in a really cold climate. Attending school in Southeastern Idaho taught me that many people are put on skis just after they learn to walk. As they say, when in Rome…or Idaho as the case may be.

Snow Activities

Sledding, ice skating, and snow angels are all fun things to do in the snow. These are also great family activities as there is no age limit for these activities. Even the older people will remember all the fun they had going sledding as a kid, and going will bring back great memories, as you make more with those around you. Plus is there a more classic thing for families to do in winter then go sledding?

Contests

Who doesn’t like a little competition? Seeing who can build the best or tallest snowman, the strongest snow fort, or even just a good old fashioned snowball fight is sure to bring a ton of smiles and fun. Something about throwing frozen water balls at other people never loses its appeal, no matter how old or young you are.

Indoor Activities

If you are going to spend a lot of times indoors, check out these energy saving tips to make sure you are saving energy and money this winter.

Movie Nights

Okay, this isn’t solely a winter activity but is there a better season for movie nights? That question is not rhetorical and the correct answer is no. Cold winter nights are perfect for wrapping up in blankets, grabbing a mug of hot chocolate, and putting on a movie. Families can gather, or this can just be a very simple date night for the parents.

Board Games

I have the fondest memory of playing Risk every winter with my family until someone inevitably flipped the board. I promise that not all games end that way, and playing a game while snow is falling outside is an extremely cozy serene way to spend a snow day.

Hide and Seek

As a kid, nothing was more fun to me than indoor hide and seek. Even though I grew up in a small home, we always managed to find new hiding places. The hardcores, AKA my in-laws, liked to do it at night with the lights off. If you are into extreme indoor children’s games, this may be a fun one. Granted this is not a great pre-bedtime activity, but luckily it gets dark early during the cold months.

I give winter a hard time as an adult, mostly because I don’t like scraping ice off my windshield. Winter is a magical time. I have great memories of winter growing up. I think just about every kid who has ever seen snow has wonderful memories of days filled with fun outdoor activities and cozy, warm evenings. So go out or stay in, but either way enjoy the spoils of winter because spring will be here before you know it.

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