50 Fun Things to Do When You’re Stuck Inside During Winter

Fun Winter Activities to Do Outside

Fresh air, sunlight, and physical activity are important for your child's physical and mental health. So encourage him to go outside and get moving.

The average teen spends between 7–9 hours each day using electronics. That means many teens likely aren't getting the recommended 60 minutes of exercise.

While your teen might be concerned about looking good when they go outside, make sure they dress appropriately for the weather. Frostbite and hypothermia pose serious risks to children in the winter.

Additionally, if your teen is going to engage in winter sports, like snowboarding, skiing, or hockey, insist on helmets and other safety gear. 

Here are some fun winter activities your teen can do if you live in a cold climate:

  • Build a snowman or snow fort
  • Go on a winter photo scavenger hunt
  • Go winter camping as a family and learn survival skills
  • Have a snowball fight
  • Hold a bonfire and let your teen invite friends over
  • Host a snow sculpture competition
  • Ice fishing
  • Ice skating
  • Pond hockey
  • Shovel snow for someone in need
  • Skiing, downhill or cross-country
  • Sledding
  • Snow tubing
  • Snowshoeing
  • Stargazing
  • Take a winter hike

12. Indoor Fort

This is a great one if you have kids or just feel adventurous. Transform your living room into a fun fort using chairs and blankets to make a cozy hideout for the day.


4. Make Candy

Have fun experimenting with some fun and easy candy recipes that you or the whole family can take part in. You can also make your candy into little gifts to give out later. (See also: Delicious Gifts You Can Bake)

Fun Winter Activities For Kids


6. Delight in Manali Winter Carnival

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Visiting Manali in February? Don’t miss out on Manali Winter Carnival, a festival that presents a beautiful blend of rich Himachali culture and snow sports. The best time to see snowfall in Manali is also the best time to enjoy this remarkable Winter Festival.

You can also enjoy food fests, folk dances, street plays, and music competition here. Participants from various parts of the country flock to Manali to partake in various competitions. Another major attraction of this carnival is a beauty contest, where the most beautiful lady is crowned with the honor of the ‘Winter Queen’.

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#4 – Leave Ice Cubes On The Porch

They say that placing some ice cubes on the porch helps to make it snow. There’s no apparent rule on how many ice cubes you’re supposed to leave out on the porch though. Maybe the more ice cubes you put out on the porch the more snow you’ll get? Try it and see!

3. Explore the Unexplored Skiing Zones with Heli Skiing

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Image SourceAre you willing to push the limits of skiing to an all new level? Try Heli skiing during the season of snowfall in Manali. A sport of pros, it is practiced in vast icy terrains that are isolated.

The heli-skiing expeditions involve helicopters that drop you onto high peaks. The unparalleled regions to enjoy this sport near Manali include Deo Tibba, Rohtang Pass, Hanuman Tibba, and Chanderkhani Pass.So, are you all set to glide on untouched slopes?

Safety Tip: Don’t feel self-reliant if you have watched its videos or tried it last year. Listen to your guide and follow the instructions, no matter how adept you are at this thrilling sport.

Activities That Teach Life Skills

Winter can be a good time for your teen to learn life skills. Challenge your teen to try activities that will prepare them for life after high school.

Here are some fun winter activities that can be great learning experiences for kids:

  • Babysit
  • Build a website
  • Plan a digital detox
  • Practice budgeting skills
  • Job shadow a professional
  • Start a family challenge, like a weight loss challenge
  • Start filling out scholarship applications
  • Start a small business
  • Take an online class
  • Visit a college
  • Volunteer at your community food pantry, soup kitchen or church
  • Volunteer to read to younger children at the library

Renting a Car in Alberta

The Icefields Parkway, Banff National Park
The Icefields Parkway, Banff National Park

If you’re arriving in Alberta via plane then I can’t recommend getting a rental car enough. Canada is a large country and traveling between cities and even just getting out to some of the best places to visit in Alberta requires transport. Although you can use public transport on some occasions it means your trip will not only require more time but more planning.

Car rental in Canada is relatively cheap especially if you get a budget car. The cheapest car with a pickup and drop-off in different locations is around $70 CAD per day. The price does vary though depending on the time of year. For car rentals, I use the website Rental Cars.com. It’s a search engine with lots of deals with good customer service. In fact, I’ve used them all over the world including Chile, New Zealand, and Australia.

Another popular option is to rent a campervan or motorhome (only for the brave in winter.) Using Motorhome Republic you can search hundreds of deals across multiple companies to pick a great vehicle and the cheapest price. Having a motorhome is a stunning way to see Canada and using crown land and campsites you can often camp for free or very cheap in the most beautiful places imaginable!

4 Build a Unique Snowman

Make a funny or crazy looking snowman to display in your yard for your neighbors and people driving by to see. If you don’t have the best sculpting skills, then make a regular snowman and color him in instead. Just mix food coloring and water up in spray bottles and randomly spray the snowman with different colors. It will definitely set your house and your snowman apart from the rest on the block!

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6 Build a Fort

Whether it’s an indoor or an outdoor fort, doing things that were fun as a kid can still be fun now! If you make an outdoor fort, make sure to be safe by either not having a roof on it, or making sure the roof is not thick enough to do any harm if it collapses. If you make one inside your house out of blankets and pillows, it’s even more fun to lay inside of it with your significant other or best friend, drink some hot chocolate, and watch movies. I don’t know why, but forts just make doing any activity in them so much more fun!

Things to Do Outside in Winter


#6 – Run Around Your Table 5 Times

They say that running around a table 5 times will help make it snow. If your table is against a wall, you should drag it out to the center of the room — so you can get around your table a little more easily. Oh, and don’t trip!

A bit of extra caution in the winter

While we want your kids to spend as much time outside during the winter as they can, it must be noted that going outdoors in the winter does require preparation and precaution. Dress your children appropriately for the weather in layers. You can always take off a layer if you get too warm, but it is dangerous to be outdoors with not enough protection from the cold. Also remember to bring plenty of water, as water fountains or other water sources may not work in freezing conditions. Another important tip is to know the weather forecast and keep an eye on the sky as you spend time outside. This will help you to avoid getting caught in a winter storm.

It is astonishing what we can gain just from spending time outdoors in the winter. It can help us improve our bodies and our minds. So, if you are feeling restless after long days spent cooped up indoors, get outside, be safe, and have fun!

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