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Fun Family Activities For The Winter (guest post)

November 26, 2011
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Winter is on its way, which means time for nature to slow down but doesn’t mean your family has to as well! Here are some suggestions to have family fun and create new memories. Make sure the camera is charged and the memory stick has plenty of room so the moments can be captured and shared with friends and family.


Play In The Snow — Children adore the snow, and the bonus for adults is that playing along burns extra calories. Build snowmen or a snow family; make snow angels and snow forts; and go sledding or tubing on the nearest hill. The picture possibilities are endless.

Go Ice Skating — Many lakes and ponds freeze in winter, which means ice skating. If a frozen body of water is not readily available, many shopping malls offer temporary ice skating rinks during the holiday season. Some cities have permanent ice skating rinks for local hockey teams and offer open skate sessions. Have the camera ready for pictures worthy of holiday greeting cards.

Bring Out The Board Games — Family game night is a new fad in America, but when the cold weather is too bitter and families find themselves staying home, they can turn off the television and play board games any night of the week. Playing board games together is a lovely way to spend time and teach good sportsmanship to the children. Keep plenty of age-appropriate games on hand so everyone may participate. Serve favorite snacks and treats, and let the younger children capture moments with the camera.


bakingGet Your Craft On – Tons of craft products can be purchased in local craft stores and found around your home. Tablets of construction paper, safety scissors, tubes of glitter, glue sticks, bags of pom poms, feathers, buttons, sequins and rhinestones, and let them cut, glue and sparkle their masterpieces into existence. These creations make wonderful subjects for pictures, and grandparents are sure to treasure both the pictures and the finished projects.

Cook Together
— Winter is known for holidays, and holidays are known for food. Gathering the family in the kitchen for the testing of new recipes is a fun way to spend a weekend. Bake cookies, bars and cakes, or try a new and unusual ingredient for the first time. Play a family version of Iron Chef in which two teams create new ways of using a single ingredient. Floured and frosting faces make excellent photographs, so make sure the camera is ready.


No matter what a family decides to do for fun this winter, a camera should be readily available to capture every moment. Older children sometimes forget ways in which the family spent time together, so having photographs for them to see is a wonderful way to reminisce and remind them of funny things they did when they were little. Serve popcorn and hot chocolate, and while away the evening in the warmth.

Megan Gates is an active blogger who provides written work to the blogosphere pertainingΒ New York City Condos,Β Manhattan Homes, home improvement and the latest architecture, design and fashion. Follow her on twitter @MEGatesDesign.

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  1. Snow is something I would love to play in and I’ve always wanted to try ice skating on a real iced over lake or pond! πŸ˜€ That sounds like so much fun.. πŸ˜€

  2. I want to ice skate again but SM Megamall removed their ice skating rink in their mall. I think the only ice skating rink here is in Mall of Asia, so far from our place. πŸ™ I would love to experience playing in the snow though. I’m sure Una will enjoy that too.

  3. WHEW. i really want to experience WINTER. as in, but the Philippines is a tropical country, maybe someday, I can play in the snow too or go ice skating:) as of now, Ill try to play with the board games or cook with the family, minus the snow outside of course:) ehehe

  4. Cool tips but since we don’t have snow here in the Phils… we actually make it a point to visit snow world just to experience snow!! brrrr….so cold but my daughter enjoys it.

  5. Well, I hate the cold, too. But I’d love to try to play in the snow – just once. haha!

    My son has been to the seasonal snow park here and wants to go back. It’d be nice to see them marvel and have fun in the ice. I wonder which part of the globe offers the best winter experience?

  6. Cooking together.. and i like it when we cook Japanese soup called “Nabe”. It’s a mix of vegetables, seafoods and some special Japanese sauce.. well, back in my days in the land of the rising sun.

  7. Our family can’t play the snow and do the ice skating but we can do the other 3 which are playing board games, crafts, and cook together. But hoping to do ice skating or playing snow sooner πŸ™‚

  8. Love this list of things to do! Makes me think about all the good things about snow! I was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts, USA and played hockey for 10 years and loved it!!!! Loved playing in the snow, snowball fights and skiing! After about two weeks I don’t like the cold weather. So I moved to California and then Florida and now live in Jupiter, Florida and now I can wear short sleeve shirts in the winter. Our weather is a lot like the Philippines!

    — Jupiter Jim

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