33 Winter Fun Things to Do: Indoor & Outdoor Activities for Kids

The kids are out of school -- time for a master list of fun things do in Winter to keep them busy!

Whether you're looking for indoor activities, fun things to do outside or a few unique ideas for your winter vacation -- these ideas are sure to please, easy to do and will keep your kids thinking & creating on those long winter days.

We even have some fun ways the kids can pitch in and help kick-start some organizing for the New Year!


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33 Winter Fun Things to Do

Having three or more weeks off from school can get kids a little squirrely (if you know what I mean) -- that's a LOT of downtime for them. 

I love having one or two go-to activities that we can do each day -- ideally, one indoor and one outdoor so we can get some fresh air. 

And breaks are also a great time to dive into those art projects or science activities that may take more than a few minutes to do.

Try adding a few of these to your schedule during the coming weeks!

Indoor Winter Activities 

Have an indoor camp-out!

Print off some of these free winter-themed paper games & activities.

Make a birdfeeder for your yard.

Clean out the playroom & donate gently used toys & books.

Cozy up with some hot cocoa and a few wonderful winter books for a reading session.

Create a set of mystery balloons for a fun non-messy sensory activity.

Have fun learning about penguins with these video cam, books & more!

If the kids need to burn off energy, here are some fun activities to beat off cabin fever.

Write ‘thank you’ notes or call out-of-town relatives to say ‘thanks’ for the gifts.

Explore maps & globes with this Christmas-themed geography game!

If you have cold weather, ignore it & host an Island Day at home!

Indoor Science Activities to do over Winter Break:

Holiday physics with sink & float *

Create your own ‘gong’ sound experiment

Test how much water is in snow *

More winter science experiments

Have a New Year’s Eve Countdown

Talk about the coming year & set Family Goals for 2016

Get started planning your summer vacation – Browse websites, get a few travel books from the library and have the kids help make a list of attractions

Have the kids start their own science journal. *

Put together a winter nature table and bring nature indoors! *


Outdoor Activities to Do in Winter

Go for a Winter BINGO walk with these free printable winter BINGO boards. *

Make snow angels or go sledding.

Play in the snow (if you have it) or make your own snow!

Take a walk in the park and search for animal tracks

Go bird watching -- use this free bird identification chart!

Head to the rink & ice skate together.

Grab our free printable Playground Scavenger Hunt and scout out a new playground in your area.

Make an ice wreath or ice lanterns.

Go on a Scavenger Hunt -- check out the January list in our 12 Months of Scavenger Hunts.


Go Explore this Winter

Visit some of your favorite furry friends at your local nature center -- see our 5 Best Things to See at a Nature Center post for ideas. *

Explore an art museum -- here’s 5 things to do while you're at the museum.

Go to the library for a storytime or fun activity session they are hosting.

Visit to a local park and use this free printable Animal Observation Journal to track what you see!

Find a local attraction that your family hasn't visited & go explore!

Take a tour of a factory in your city.

Try visiting the zoo on a warmer winter day and start your own Animal Science Journal white you're there!


Creative Winter Crafts to Entertain the Kids

Put up a “snowman factory” so the kids can build snowmen without snow!

Make some noisemakers or New Year's crafts.

Use pinecones to create your own winter forest playland. *

Design your own zentangle rocks! *

Decorate the windows with paper snowflakes!

Make a snowglobe in a bag.

Create a winter art project -- check the Winter Fun board for tons of ideas!


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