21 Family-Friendly Winter Activities to Keep You Cosy and Entertained

Stay cosy and entertained this winter with these 21 family-friendly winter activities. From indoor fun to outdoor adventures, there’s something for everyone. Keep the whole family active and happy with these creative and enjoyable ideas. Embrace the winter season and make lasting memories with your loved ones.


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21 Winter Activities for the Whole Family to Enjoy

Build a snowman:

Bundle up and hit the slopes for a fun day of snowman building.



Ice skating:

Whether you’re a pro or a beginner, ice skating is a fun winter activity for all ages.




Grab a sled and find the nearest hill for a thrilling ride.



Hot cocoa making:

Warm up with a cup of hot cocoa, made even sweeter by making it together as a family.



Indoor game night:

Board games, card games, and video games are all great options for a fun family game night.


Winter sports:

Try skiing, snowboarding, or snowshoeing for a unique winter experience.



Movie marathon:

Snuggle up with blankets and popcorn for a day of movie watching.



Baking treats:

Try a new winter recipe, such as gingerbread cookies or peppermint bark.



Ice fishing:

Test your patience and see if you can catch a fish through the ice.


Snowball fights:

Get outside and have a classic snowball fight with the whole family.


Ice sculpting:

Use ice to create sculptures, from simple snowmen to elaborate designs.



Winter picnic:

Pack a lunch and head outside for a winter picnic, complete with hot drinks and blankets.


Visit a winter wonderland:

Check out a holiday lights display or winter festival for a magical experience.



Ice hockey:

Watch a professional ice hockey game or grab some friends and start your own pick-up game.


Winter camping:

Pitch a tent and spend a night in the great outdoors, even in the winter.


Indoor rock climbing:

Try rock climbing at an indoor gym for a fun and challenging activity.


Visit a museum:

Check out a science, art, or history museum for a fun and educational day indoors.


Hot springs:

Soak in a hot spring for a relaxing and warm winter activity.


Winter photo shoot:

Take family photos in the snow for a unique and special keepsake.


Visit a ski resort:

Take a ski or snowboard lesson, hit the slopes, and enjoy a day at the ski resort.


Winter reading time:

Set aside time for a family reading session, with each member choosing a book to read and discuss together.


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Sian Thomas
an image of This Playful Home founder, Sian Thomas. The photo includes a photo of her daughter when she was around 18 months old

I’m Siân (rhymes with yarn), a play advocate, proud parent to three, and former teacher. My mission is to infuse more joy and less overwhelm into the lives of parents. Discover play-based activities with me that not only make learning FUN but also forge deep connections with your young learners, creating memories to cherish forever.