For our friends north of the equator, it’s still winter! The snow won’t melt, the holidays are over, and the kids are getting restless. What in the world are you going to do to keep your kids active and occupied!? Look no further, here are our top winter activities for kids to keep them active this winter! Always remember to dress appropriately for the weather and stay safe!
Sliding down a hill on a piece of plastic is fun at all ages! Take your kids to a neighborhood hill in a park and join in on the fun! Racing down and running up the hill turns out to be the perfect fun and exercise!
Take your kids to an outdoor rink or the local arena for parent & tot public skate. It’s often free and a great activity that exercises the entire body.
3. Downhill Skiing and Snowboarding
Hit the slopes! Take a trip to a nearby ski hill if your climate allows for it, or book a trip somewhere like Vermont or British Columbia to work those thighs while zooming down the hill. Be sure to book your kids a lesson on the bunny hill to learn the basics if they are beginners!
4. Cross-Country Skiing
If downhill skiing is out of reach, a simple cross-country ski is a great way to enjoy the outdoors while getting some exercise. The act of skiing is like lunging and makes for a gentle exercise.
5. Classic Winter Activities
A classic snowball fight can always cheer anyone up! Making snow angels, building snowmen and snow castles are also some good wintertime classics!
6. Indoor Swimming
Got the winter blues? Luckily if you want a small, small taste of summer you and your child can go to an indoor pool! This activity is obviously our favorite! Take your kids to the local community swimming pool or your own indoor pool if you have one this winter to keep up their swimming skills during the off season.
7. Obstacle Course
This activity can be done inside or out depending on what you want to use to make the course. Obstacle courses build important gross motor skills, develop muscles, develop coordination, help motor planning, increase endurance, increase confidence, basically, all the benefits of outdoor play and physical activity that you already know about. Find an open space like the backyard or living room and set up chairs, ropes, hula hoops, and other items to make the route. Climb over or under chairs, limbo under ropes, jump into hula hoops, and whatever else you can think of! Let each of your kids (or their friends) invent a course for others to try. Time how fast everyone can run through the course or even have races. Relay or teams, you decide! Try silly animal walks, skipping, or going backwards. If you’re really inventive, use the snow to create the obstacle course!
Snowshoeing is excellent exercise as you have to hike up your knees with each step. If you don’t already own any see if you can find some second hand ones online, or you can buy brand new ones or rent. Check out any sporting goods stores in your area, or online stores like here.
9. Plain Ol’ Walk
Walking in the winter is a magical thing to do. Especially in the dark! It’s even better if it’s snowing. The glistening snow in the moonlight is like nothing else in this world. The moonlight reflecting off the white snow makes the nighttime surprisingly bright. Since the sun sets earlier during the winter months, this is a good opportunity to tire your kids out before bedtime – especially if they love to stay up late against your wishes. We promise they’ll be in bed by a reasonable time.
10. Street Hockey
Grab the kids in the neighborhood and set up a nice friendly game of hockey in a quiet residential street. Use rocks or mitts to mark the nets and any sport of ball to play with. If you don’t have sticks, use your feet! In this digital day and age it’s rare for people to know their neighbors. Street hockey in the neighborhood is a good way to break down those walls and teach your kids the importance of social interaction and the importance of neighbors. Plus, it’s fun for everyone! Parents feel free to join or simply sit on the sidelines watching them while sipping a nice warm cup of hot chocolate.
11. Balloon Volleyball
Sometimes it’s simply just too cold to step foot outside! This is a simple way to keep the kids entertained while indoors. Blow up a balloon for the kids to kick and throw around the house. It will keep them moving for hours and a balloon isn’t as threatening as a soccer ball (or any other hard object for that matter).
12. Join a Winter Sport
If you really want a way to keep your kids active throughout the winter, consider registering them for a sports program. That way if you’ve got a busy schedule you can just drop them off for practice and have peace of mind that they’re busy being active as opposed to being at home stuck indoors! Another benefit of winter sports teams is that your kid will gain some new friends, develop team building and co-operation skills and probably get pretty good at whichever sport they’re enrolled in!