By Corey Lewis, CPT, CSCS
It’s wintertime! For kids, it’s a dream come true, while for parents, not so much. When you think of snow, you think of all of the fun activities you’re supposed to do—shoveling in front of your door, cleaning your car, making way for your vehicle, etc. But what if you start thinking like a child again? If you have kids, that won’t be a problem.
There are so many great activities you can do to make your kids happy and for you to start laughing like a kid again as well. If you lack inspiration, here’s a list of things you can do to make your snowy, family weekends more fun.
COVID has us all a bit worried and confused. We need to have social distance if we want to see our friends, and it is recommended we don’t. Social distancing has taken its toll. We’re tied to our computers, new TV shows are launched almost every day, and we are losing touch with our friends and family.
Luckily, the winter season is just around the corner, and having fun outside is exactly what you need, even if it’s just a walk on a white, winter night.
Social wellness is essential, and there is much scientific proof that friends positively affect us. Recent studies show that we need friends in our lives, and it is not optional, but essential.
We’ve learned a lot in quarantine—some of us have decided to work on self care, and some have made promises to be more kind and loving toward others. With this article, I want to help you spend more quality time with those you love the most. Read on for some ideas on how to improve your social wellness and enjoy fun, winter activities with your family.
Should I even mention the obvious? If the snow is knee-deep, you know what to do! Grab a carrot, a broom, a hat, and a couple of stones, and you’re good to go. The kids will love it, and you’ll enjoy it too. This is a perfect family winter activity.
You don’t have to be on a mountain to go sledding. Build a slide in your backyard with your family, and enjoy the ride.
Apart from the fact that it gets you moving, this is the most fun game you can play during the winter. Duck, dodge, and toss, but be careful not to get hit—and most importantly, have fun!
If you have ever participated in volunteer work, you know how satisfying and fulfilling it is. Paying it forward and giving back is always a good idea. If your elderly neighbor is struggling to walk on their sidewalk, help them out. Take your kids and shovel his front yard. You can still have fun while doing it if you set your intention to it. If you want to take the experience to the next level, bring some food for your neighbors too, and enjoy a cup of warm tea once you’ve done your work.
Every time I see actors making a snow angel in the movies, I want to make one too. Winter is the perfect time to do it, though. Once the blizzard is over, head out in your backyard or take a hike on the mountains and make all different kinds of figures in the snow—beginning with a snow angel. Make sure you’re wearing proper clothes. You don’t want everyone wet in the first minute outside.
You have to remember making sofa forts as a kid. That was so much fun, and you want to make it fun for your kids as well. Get all those big pillows and blankets and build a massive fort. Cover it with blankets to get the sense of a sophisticated castle if you wish. The next step would be to determine who will be the king and a queen.
Grab that fancy tablecloth you’ve been saving for a special occasion—because this is one—and cover your living room table. Set up a table as you would if you were hosting a real tea party. If you want to take it to the next level, dress yourselves as royals and role play.
Who doesn’t like movie nights? The smell of popcorn, the lights turned down—grab a cozy blanket to snuggle in to and enjoy a family movie night. The most important thing is to laugh (and cry) together.
They say that love is when someone cooks a meal for you. Do something different and cook together this time. Older kids can chop vegetables, and small kids can whisk eggs or add ingredients to the bowl. There are so many great healthy recipes to choose from on the internet. Make sure to use fresh, organic fruits and veggies—support local producers by going to farmer’s markets to buy fresh ingredients.
Have a pajama party all day long. Have everyone wear their favorite pajamas and play games, watch movies, or turn those speakers up and dance the day away.
This game is incredible. Apart from the fact that it develops your child’s creativity, it also keeps them active. Surround them with different possibilities and watch them get creative and invent new ways to get out of trouble. It’s amazing what they are capable of when we give them freedom and release their spirit free.
Don’t let winter get you down this year. Try out some of these fun activities, and have a great time!