7 Healthy Winter Activity Ideas for the Entire Family


Winter is here and it’s cold outside.  However, just because it’s winter doesn’t mean healthy activities as a family have to stop.  In fact, if cold weather and snow days have given your family the winter jitters, I’ve listed 7 healthy winter activity ideas for the entire family.

There are plenty of fun outdoor winter activities for families to do when the temperature drops and snow is falling.  The benefits of fresh air and exercise far outweigh the effort of bundling up the kids in snowsuits, boots, hats, and gloves.  So dress warmly and head outdoors.

Have Fun in the Snow

When the ground is covered in snow, bundle up your kids and get outside.  There are so many fun options for play as a family:  Build a snowman, make snow angels, and compete in a snowball fight.  There’s always something to do when you have a few feet of white powder.  In fact, the folks at Real Simple have compiled a handy winter activity checklist

Go Sledding

There’s always a reason to be active with this fun pastime.  And you don’t even have to use a traditional sleigh.  Try an inner tube or inexpensive plastic snow disks.  Just make sure you bundle up with layers, and that little ones ride down with a parent.

Hit the Ice Skating Rink

I’d avoid skating on a frozen lake.  Instead, seek any outdoor rink where you can rent the two-track skates for little kids.

Go Winter Camping

Cold weather shouldn’t stop you from camping!  Set up a tent outside (even in the backyard just for a few hours).   Pile on the layers and bring extra blankets.  And don’t forget the hot chocolate and S’mores!

Make a Winter Bonfire

Speaking of S’mores, a bonfire is always a fun winter activity.  Bundle up around a cozy fire, roast hot dogs over the fire, and have an outdoor picnic.

Compete in a Scavenger Hunt

My young daughter loves to collect things.  A nature scavenger hunt is a great winter activity to spend with your family.  Make a list of items – pine cones, rocks, seeds – and collect them on your list.

Go Hiking

Winter is a great time to hike and see nature in a new light!  All you need are warm clothes and sturdy shoes (and maybe a few hand and toe warmers).

Are there any other family-favorite winter activities that I missed on this list?  If so, I’d love to hear from you at hello@heartandsoulblog.com.  And don’t forget to subscribe below in order to receive more helpful tips straight to your inbox.  And if you’re interested in learning about ways to beat holiday stress, I recommend reading this post next. 

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