Snow Day Activities: In & Out-of-the-Box

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If you’re a cabin enthusiast, then chances are you’re also a big fan of the cozy vibes that come with snowy days spent at home during the holidays. And while curling up in front of a fire with a cup of (possibly spiked) hot cocoa is a no-fail recipe for an amazing night, all of that time spent indoors can start to make even the most devout cozy living enthusiast a little stir crazy.

Fortunately, the snowy season lends itself to all kinds of outdoor activities that will make your time spent indoors feel that much cozier. From the tried and true classics, like snowball fights and sledding, to more out-of-the-box ideas, like a nature-themed Bingo, the following activities are a great way to make some holiday memories this year.


Tried and True Classics

Pick a Snowball Fight

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There’s nothing quite like heading out after the first big snow of the year, packing that perfect snowball, and lovingly chucking it your family member's way. A true classic, you can never go wrong with a good ol’ fashioned snowball fight, especially when it ends with warming your cold feet by the fire and enjoying a hot beverage.

Grab a Sled

There’s a reason that kids love sledding so much—in a word, it’s awesome. If you have yet to go sledding in your adult life, it’s time to change that. And in case you didn’t know, sleds have come a long way over the years. These days, you can coast down the hill on all kinds of fun contraptions, like this inflatable snowmobile.

Build a Bonfire

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Don’t think that just because there’s snow on the ground that you can’t enjoy a big bonfire. In fact, the snow makes the fire feel that much better. This instant memory-maker is a simple but fun way to spend true quality time sharing stories with your loved ones while noshing on boundless s’mores.

Head Out for a Hike

If you’re spending the season in a cabin this year, then it’s a good bet that you’re surrounded by opportunities to explore nature. So, put on your long johns, winter boots, and warmest coat and hat, and head out with the fam for a snowy hike. Not only is it a good time, but it’s also a great way to burn off those Christmas cookie calories.


Out-of-the-Box Ideas

Play a Nature-Themed Bingo

If you’re looking for ways to keep your little ones entertained this season, then print out a Bingo card and put nature items on it, like types of birds, trees, and anything else you can think of. Then bundle up the kids and head out to play. It’s a wonderful way to encourage exercise, learning, and observation while keeping your littles engaged and entertained. 

Build an Igloo

snow day activities icy igloo

To kids, an igloo is like a pillow fort on steroids. They’ll get endless entertainment from it, whether they’re using it as a home base during a snowball fight or having an eskimo tea party. And igloos are easier to build than you might think. Just follow this tutorial and you’ll have a stellar igloo in no time. 

Invest in a Pair of Snowshoes

Snowshoeing is a fun way to get in a good workout while exploring your natural surroundings, so if you’ve yet to invest in a pair, now’s the time to do it. And one of the best parts about this activity is that you don’t need much skill or experience to do it—you just strap ‘em on and head out. 

Start a Family Hockey (or Broomball!) Game 

If you and your family love to ice skate, then consider setting aside an afternoon for a friendly game of family ice hockey. Not big on skating? Then grab your regular shoes and a broom and head out to the ice for a game of broomball, which doesn’t require any skating skills at all. 


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