Children and adults are sure to enjoy this list of winter fun winter activities filled with classic wintertime fun, and new and unique ideas the whole family will enjoy!
Here’s a winter bucket list filled with fun winter activities and seasonal arts and crafts that the whole family can enjoy during the long, dark days of winter. As the days grow colder and the nights grow longer–it’s time for some classic winter fun! So, scroll down to look at the list of fun winter activities for kids and adults below. You might also enjoy our bucket lists of fun things to do in spring, summer, and fall. And, look at even more seasonal ideas HERE–> Seasonal Activities.
Fun Winter Activities for Kids and Adults
Here’s a list of fun winter arts, crafts, and activities that young and old alike are sure to enjoy over the Christmas break–and throughout the entire season of winter. First, bundle the family up to get outside and enjoy some classic outdoor winter activities and wintertime fun.
Next, invite the whole family inside to warm your feet by the fire, curl up with a book, bake some cookies to share. Or, get busy decorating for the holidays and making handmade Christmas ornaments, holiday cards, and seasonal gifts, including thank you cards for family and friends.
And, once the holidays are over–the real wintertime fun can begin! Scroll down to see the complete list of fun things to do in the winter for kids–and the young at heart. There are plenty of fun winter ideas on this bucket list of winter activities to make the most of this exciting season!
Bucket List of Winter Activities, Arts, and Crafts
Cross off activities on your winter bucket list with some of these fun winter ideas! Click on any of the fun activities listed below to learn more about each winter activity, art, or craft project, and enjoy everything this magical season has to offer.
1. Dance in the Rain
Can you think of a rainy day activity more fun than dancing in the rain? We can! Please have a look at our list of 21 fun things to do on a rainy day for even more ideas HERE–> Rainy Day Activities.
2. Play in the Snow
Playing in the snow is a classic winter bucket list activity–especially when you don’t live where it snows. Sometimes it’s not easy finding snow, especially if you live deep in the Florida Keys or are stuck on the island of Kauai like I was for several years (which is not such a terrible thing–lol!).
Help children find someplace to play in the snow at least once before winter is over. But, if you happen to live where it snows–encourage the kids to get outside and play in the snow every single day to check this wintertime activity off of the list.
3. Decorate for the holidays
Decorating for the winter holidays, such as the Winter Solstice, Christmas, or Hanukkah, is a fun winter activity for children and adults of all ages. Bring light to the dark days of winter by putting up the Christmas lights and holiday decorations.
Take out the Advent Candles or the Hanukkah Menorah. Create a simple nativity scene, trim the Yule or Christmas Tree, and decorate for the holidays in any other way your heart desires. And, once Christmas has passed, feel free to decorate for the New Year or Valentine’s Day.
4. Make a handmade gift
One of my family’s favorite winter activities is making and giving homemade gifts for Christmas. Spend some time making handmade gifts for family and friends for the holidays with this great list of gifts kids can make.
5. Build a snowman
If you live somewhere that does not snow; you may think that you can’t do this activity unless you head out of town to find some snow. But, you would be very wrong. Anyone can build a snowman with this fun winter craft idea, no matter where you live.
Use these simple instructions to build a snowman with clay to make ornaments and other snowman crafts. And, if you happen to live where it snows, of course, you should also invite everyone to build a snowman with real snow, too!
Or, encourage the kids to get creative and build a mud-ball-person or sand lady of some kind to check this item off your winter bucket list.
6. Make a new ornament
We love to make at least one new ornament for our Christmas tree every winter, and it’s become a Christmas tradition that the whole family enjoys. So, take the time to make a new Christmas ornament this winter with this list of homemade Christmas ornaments. And, don’t forget to add your name and date to each new ornament so that one day you will have a tree filled with Christmas memories and winters gone by to enjoy.
7. Trim a tree
Decorating the Yule, or Christmas tree is a classic family tradition for people worldwide in the wintertime. And, since ancient times, our ancestors have brought an evergreen tree into the house to decorate. So, join the fun and decorate a tree for Christmas or the Winter Solstice to check this fun winter activity off your winter bucket list!
8. Enjoy Family Movie Night
The long dark days of winter are perfect for a family movie night–or day. Pick any morning, afternoon, or evening, and enjoy a family movie together once a week. The traditional things we do with our families bring meaning to our lives and make everything more fun. And, while you are at it, be sure to watch a few holiday movies.
Watching Christmas movies is a fun thing to do in the winter, even after the holidays have passed–and even if you don’t celebrate Christmas. Most holiday movies share values and common themes that everyone can relate to–regardless of which holidays they do or don’t celebrate. So, be sure to sit down with a big bowl of popcorn and a cup of hot chocolate and enjoy a movie night with the whole family on a dark and stormy winter’s night.
9. Make Snow or Sand Angels
Making snow angels is a classic winter activity and a fun thing to do in the wintertime. However, My husband and I met working as ocean lifeguards, which means we’ve lived in many beautiful sunny locations that don’t ever get snow. So, if you’re like us, don’t be shy. Go ahead and make a sand angel if you can’t find any snow!
It may not be warm if you try this in the winter as suggested. So, first, bundle up to go for a walk down the beach. Then encourage the kids to make sand angels. Or, start making them, and trust me–your kids will most definitely want to join the fun.
The best thing about sand angels is they can be made year-round, unlike snow angels. So, if ever you find yourself on a sunny beach winter or not–don’t be afraid to offer up this fun activity.
10. Bake cookies
Making, baking, and decorating cookies is a classic winter activity for many families–Christmas cookies or not. There is nothing like the smell of freshly baking cookies in a nice warm oven on a cold winter’s day. And, a cup of milk with a nice warm cookie is so Mmm-mm good, there are not many children that will turn down this tasty winter activity. So, nice neighbor gift, cookie swap, kindness project or not–invite children to make and bake cookies to check this fun winter idea off your bucket list.
11. Celebrate the Winter Solstice
Learn all about the winter solstice and celebrate the magic that this glorious season has to offer with our list of FAQs and celebration ideas HERE–>Winter Solstice traditions.
12. Enjoy Winters seasonal sights
Head outside in search of the first signs of winter with this fun and educational activity for kids.
13. Commit RAndom acts of kindness
Winter is an excellent time of year to volunteer and serve communities and families that are not as fortunate as others. Many people don’t have the food, clothing, or shelter they need during the cold winter months. So, encourage children to serve their communities and commit random acts of kindness in service to others, or the environment, to check this heart-centered activity off their winter bucket list.
14. Make Homemade cards
Making homemade cards is fun to do in the winter for kids and adults of all ages. So go ahead, invite your children to make homemade Christmas cards, thank you cards, or Valentine’s Day cards for a fun winter activity. Our fingerprint love bug cards make great thank you and Valentine’s Day cards–especially if your children tend to procrastinate about sending their thank you cards after Christmas and the holidays–lol!
Besides, making thank you cards is a great way to pass the time during winter break and throughout the winter.
15. Start a New Family Tradition
If you are tired of hearing your children exclaim, “Mom, I’m bored!” over the winter break and through the dark days of winter–start a new family tradition to make things more interesting. Try any of the fun ideas:
- Winter Solstice Traditions
- 50 Fun Family Christmas Traditions
- New Year’s Traditions and Celebration Ideas
16. Sing winter songs and Christmas carols
There is a reason that so many people sing winter songs and Christmas Carols in the winter, and it’s not necessarily because Santa is coming to town. Singing is a trick some birds use to help them to stay warm on cold mornings and long winter days. So, if you need a little warmth–literally or figuratively–sing your heart out this winter to check this idea off your winter bucket list.
17. Walk or drive to look at holiday lights
Go on a walk, or drive, to look at Christmas lights and holiday displays before they disappear somewhere just before or after the new year.
18. Build a gingerbread house
Build a gingerbread house with your favorite home-baked gingerbread and cookie cutters, graham crackers, or cardboard.
19. Share a winter story
Cuddle up to share an entertaining or educational winter story of your own, or read a winter book aloud to your children. Here’s a great list of winter solstice books for children that offer an excellent choice–> Winter Solstice Books.
And, we also love the simple stories for each season, including winter, contained within this treasury of short tales, stories, and fables found HERE–>Tell Me A Story.
20. Have a Snowball Fight or War
Having a snowball fight is one of the most classic winter activities for kids and adults of all time, no matter what you call it. So, whether you call it a snowball fight, a snowball war, snowfall fun-time, or a friendly game of avoiding the flying snowball–get out there for some old-fashioned family fun!
And, if you decide to suggest this winter activity, don’t get hit without laying down a few friendly ground rules first. The best times happen when boundary lines and fair game rules are understood first. No one should ever have to know what it feels like to get hit by a fast-flying frozen snowball smack in the face—Yup, been there.
So, be sure to let everyone know snowballs are never to be aimed above the neck or at anyone’s private places–along with any other rules you may have. It’s the kids and families with good “snowball fun” rules that enjoy their “snowball fights” the most–even when they ambush each other. Unless “no ambushing” is a family rule, of course.
Some parents make all infidels give a proper warning before throwing any snowballs across enemy lines, while others love the thrill of a surprise “snowball fun” attack. So, stay within the boundaries of your family’s rules, and all will be fair in family love and snowball fun wars.
21. Feed winter Birds and animals
Putting out food that animals enjoy is a fun thing to do in the winter. Of course, you can also do this activity year-round, and we encourage you to do so–but wintertime is when the animals most need it.
Food supplies become as scarce as the leaves on deciduous trees for many of our bird animals and friends in the winter. So, supply the birds and animals in your neighborhood with any foods they need to help sustain them through the long, cold winter months.
To do this, some people decorate an outdoor winter solstice or Yule tree filled with safe edible ornaments for the birds and animals in their region or biome. In comparison, others supply homemade nectar for hummingbirds in a hummingbird feeder, birdseed in a bird feeder (our bird friends like hanging bird feeder trays best), and nuts for their nutty squirrel friends on their patio.
22. Go ice skating or snowshoeing
Ice skating and snowshoeing are winter activities the whole family will enjoy. So, make a plan to head to the local ice skating rink; outdoor skate rinks are always magical during the wintertime. Or, gift the whole family with snowshoes and invite everyone out into the snow for a walk. Outdoor winter activities are always fun for everyone–and healthy too!
23. Ride down a snowy mountain
There are many fun ways to ride down a snowy mountain in the winter. Sleds, toboggans, and inflatable tubes offer an easy way for kids to play in the snow outside in their backyard. While ski mountains and snowboarding resorts provide an outdoor playground for young and old alike to ride down a snowy mountain on ski planks with poles or a snowboard. So grab your outdoor winter ride-on toy of choice and head for the snowy hills and snow-covered mountains to go for a ride this winter.
24. Enjoy a warm peppermint drink
Is there anything better than a warm cup of peppermint hot chocolate with marshmallows and whipped cream, or a white chocolate peppermint mocha, or just a simple peppermint coffee, on a cold winter’s day? The soft glow of a warm fire, a cozy blanket, and a loved one to snuggle with under it–or a book? Yeah, I agree! So what are you waiting for?
25. Create a winter nature table
A nature table is a shelf, mantle, dresser top, or tabletop with things on it that are related to or reflect the season of nature. They usually have natural items from the great outdoors, arts and crafts representing winter, or winter animals. Use these simple tips to create your own–> winter nature table.
26. Cozy up by a warm fire
Cuddling with a loved one or loved ones by a warm fire is a beautiful way to spend a stormy winter day or cold winter night. So, cuddle up by a cozy fire to check this relaxing winter activity off your bucket list.
27. Curl up with a Good book
Curl up with a good book to read can help anyone get through the long, cold, and sometimes dull days of winter. Curling up with a book is a classic winter activity for young and old alike.
28. Build a blanket fort
Invite the kids to build a blanket fort in their bedrooms or the living room. Making a blanket fort is an exciting indoor winter activity for kids of all ages. So, grab the fort clips, sheets, and blankets and encourage the kids to build a blanket fort to check this idea off their winter bucket list.
29. Paint with winter colors
Painting with winter colors is a lovely way to pass the time in the winter, and it’s also a great way to learn more about the winter and everything that it has to offer. Invite children from toddlers to teens to paint with winter colors with these fun ideas–> Winter Art Projects and Painting Ideas.
30. Make Snowflakes and other Winter Crafts
Making snowflakes is a crafty winter activity that children of all ages adore. Make paper snowflakes, beaded snowflakes, and other winter crafts to check this idea off your winter bucket list.
31. Go on a Winter Scavenger Hunt
Going on a scavenger hunt is as fun to do in the winter as in the spring, summer, and fall. So, invite toddlers, preschoolers, kindergarteners, and children of all ages out on a nature scavenger hunt this winter. Learn more about this fun and educational winter activity for kids, and grab the printable HERE–> winter scavenger hunt.
32. Celebrate the New Year
Ring in the new year and celebrate in style with this fun list of New Year’s Traditions and Celebration Ideas–> New Year’s Traditions.
33. Choose a word for the Year
Choose a word to keep you focused and motivated in the new year. Learn more about choosing your word and get our printable list of inspirational word ideas HERE–> Word of the Year Ideas.
34. Set Smart Goals
Winter is a great time to create goals for the New Year. Use these excellent tips to set SMART goals–> How to Set Goals.
35. Play with your shadow
Encourage the kids to have fun learning and playing with their shadows–for Groundhog Day in February–or just for fun. We have lots of shadow play ideas for homeschoolers and children from babies, to toddlers, to teens. Learn five ways to play with your shadow HERE–> Educational Shadow Activities for Kids.
36. Pass out or Send Valentines
Make your own Valentine’s Day cards to pass out to friends at school, send cards to family, or make homemade gifts for loved ones to show you care this winter. Fortunately, we have plenty of homemade Valentine’s Day cards and gift ideas you can try. Give any of the Valentine craft ideas below a try to check this fun activity off your winter bucket list: