What to Do on a Snow Day

When it looks like a winter wonderland outside and the kids are going stir-crazy inside, you need some creative inspiration for what to do on a snow day. We’ve also got some excellent ideas for what to do should you venture out! If you have a favorite snow day activity, please share. We would love to add it to our list.

Fun Ideas for What to Do on a Snow Day

Snow Day Activities Inside the House

Hot Cocoa and Cookies Bar – Whip up a batch of hot cocoa and set out fun mugs, whipped cream, candy canes, marshmallows and sprinkles and let the kids go to town. If you have an easy cookie recipe, make those on the side and let the kids decorate.

Marshmallow Snow People – Set out a bowl of giant marshmallows and let the kids skewer them onto sticks. Then decorate with little candies for their faces, pretzel sticks for arms, and maybe a chocolate kiss for the hat. Get creative with what you have around the house and have the kids make one for each member of the family!

Paper Snowflakes – This has always been a favorite of my kids that I also loved doing as a kid. Use coffee filters and fold in half and then in half again. Have fun cutting all sorts of shapes and then open to see your unique creation. If you want to take it a step further, color your coffee filter snowflakes with markers and spray with a water bottle – the end result looks tie-dyed!

Snowy Art – Dip a cotton swab in white paint and dab little polka dots all over blue or black paper to create a snowy scene. Add snowmen, polar bears or snow-filled trees to your piece. Glue on cotton balls for some added texture.

Homemade Slime/Playdoh – My kids are currently obsessed with making slime in every color of the rainbow. There are tons of safe and easy recipes you can look for on Pinterest. Our easiest slime recipe consists of school glue, shaving cream, contact solution and food coloring. You can also add scented oils, foam beads or glitter to jazz things up!

Build Something – Build a snow village with Legos, blocks, tinker toys or anything similar. Build an inside snow fort with pillows, blankets and sheets. Build an interesting snow structure with toothpicks and marshmallows. Have your kids think outside the box to build using materials they can gather around the house.

Get Musical – Whether it’s music from the movie Frozen or anything your kids like to sing along to, put on some music and have a dance party. Play freeze dance, put on a musical theater show or have a karaoke contest.

Have a Picnic – Kids can make their own sandwiches as well as their own choices for fruits, veggies or snacks. Instead of lunch at the table, find a spot around the house to lay down a blanket and have a picnic lunch.

Play a Game – From charades, to hide and go seek, to hot and cold, there are plenty of games kids can play that require nothing at all besides their imaginations. After a round of these, move on to favorite board games or card games. Some of our favorites include Uno, Life, and Apples to Apples.

Snow Day Ideas Outside the House

Play outside – Shovel, make a snowman, build an igloo, make snow angels, get out the sand toys and build a snow castle. My kids also like to pull each other on the sled up and down our driveway or down the block.

Get crafty with the snow – Mix a few drops of food coloring with water and put in spray bottles. Kids love spraying to create vibrant designs in the snow. You can also paint the snow with actual paintbrushes dipped in a solution of food coloring and water in a variety of shades.

Go Sledding – There are lots of great options for sledding right in your neighborhood. It’s also fun to check out new hills in nearby towns. Check out our awesome list of places to go sledding!

Go Ice Skating – In addition to sledding, there are plenty of rinks, both indoor and outdoor to choose from. Check out our comprehensive list of places to go ice skating!

Indoor Exercise – Find a place near you for the kids to burn off all that energy. Try taking them to an indoor rock climbing spot, or one of these places to bounce and jump around!

Bowling – Always great fun, we have a great list of nearby bowling alleys that are kid-friendly. Just be sure to call first to check on lane availability.

Libraries – More in the mood for a quiet activity? Snuggle up and read at your local library or explore one you haven’t gone to in a neighboring town.

Nature Centers – Watch the snow fall from inside a cozy nature center. These are wonderful spots that are both fun and educational and many are free!

Whether you choose to stay cozy and line up activities to do inside the house, or put on your snow gear and venture out, snow days are always great days for making memories!

See our resources for families page for more helpful tips from local parents.

About the Author

Jill Borkowicz
Jill is thrilled to be sharing her insight and knowledge of local fun on Kidlist! As an Oak Park native, Jill and her husband settled in La Grange Park in 2007 and couldn’t be happier with the community they call home. Raising two lovely daughters, ages 8 and 10, Jill is always on the lookout for cool things to do as a family. She is passionate about yummy food, an organized abode, creative entertaining, frugal finds, travel adventures, a healthy spirit, and overall family fun. Jill’s favorite wintertime activity with the fam? Ice skating followed by hot chocolate! Summertime family favorite? Long pool days with friends that end with a BBQ!

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