So the weather outside is frightful, what can you do to pass the time? With winter weather on the horizon, it’s always good to have some ideas for fun snow day activities. Fortunately, with a mix of old classics, and new favorites, we’ve got everything you need to have a safe, fun time as the snow tumbles down!
If the winter weather is getting you down, or just when you’re bored on a snow day, it can be nice to find yourself an escape. There are few better ways to let your mind run free than by opening up a book, and transporting yourself to a far off land. You could even make it festive! Are you longing for a beach in Mexico? Grab yourself a fun beach read and prepare your favorite Mexican meal. You’ll be so caught up in the preparations of your day that you won’t have time to fret over the falling snow.
What’s more, if you’re feeling lonely, you can easily incorporate others into your reading. You and a friend, or friends can form a book club, discussing what you read in person or online. And if you don’t have any friends who are able to participate, there are several book clubs that you can find and join online!
Warm up your house by making a fire (provided you have a fireplace, of course.) It is amazing how much more special a roaring fireplace feels in winter, especially when the snow is coming down. This is especially true if you have friends or family nearby; gathering around a fire and chatting, reading, or just sitting quietly takes on a special quality as the flames dance. If you don’t have a fireplace, why not give candles a try? The peaceful ambiance created by candlelight is something that everyone can enjoy.
When the snow is really coming down outside, it can sometimes make you feel the need to do something productive. One great way to work this out is by trying to cook or bake a new dish! Whether you go for a wintertime classic, such as gingerbread, or something entirely unique, there’s always new depths to explore in the kitchen!
If you’re feeling pent up anxiety during the winter, one helpful tip can be pursuing a creative endeavor. Whether you are an artist, a musician, a writer, or something else, the process of creating goes a long way toward soothing your mind. Even if you’ve never fancied yourself very creative, there’s no better time to start than now! What have you got to lose? Your creative endeavors can be private until you’re ready to share them with the world (if you even chose to do so, maybe they’re yours and yours alone!). So pick up a pen and start writing, pull the paints out of the closet, get your old guitar tuned; it doesn’t matter what you create, just do it!
Have you been wanting to pick up a new skill or hobby, but haven’t found the time? When you’re kept inside by a snowstorm, the time may be right! Among the many skills you can acquire, learning a language is always a favorite. In fact, playing word games, such as Words With Friends, can help non-native speakers work on their English!
Do you have a house full of people, and the snow is keeping you from leaving? Why not gather everyone for a game night! As technology has improved, video games have vastly increased the possibilities of ‘together time’. Even if you aren’t normally used to playing video games on a T.V. screen, give it a chance, your kids will appreciate it!
Of course, there are classic board games as well. The world of board gaming has become so much more complex over the past few decades. While there is always a time and place for a classic game such as Clue, Risk, or Sorry!, a whole new wave of board games has arisen, catering to players of all kinds! A perfect first step for venturing into the new world of gaming is Settlers of Catan, a resource collecting game. But there are so many beyond that as well, and the internet, as well as forums of board game players, can point you to one that will exactly fit your needs!
Of course, even if you don’t have anyone else in the household, but still want to play, you can! And, in this author’s professional opinion, there’s no better way to connect with your friends than a game of Words With Friends! What is perfect about Words With Friends is that each move can be made on your own schedule, as fast or slow as you want. It is an ideal way to keep in touch with your friends, even amidst your busy lives.
Has the snowfall lessened to a manageable pace? While we would heartily recommend staying indoors in hazardous conditions, there’s nothing wrong with venturing outside amidst the drifting flakes. With that in mind, here are a few fun things to do on a snow day with friends, to enjoy the majesty of the outdoors in winter!
Playing in the snow was a simple joy for so many of us as children, but, over the years, we stopped. But playing in the fresh powder can be a fun snow day activity for adults, too! True, it can be cold, and wet, but hey we know how to fix that! Bundle up, especially with waterproof gear, and dive in. Make a snowman, or a fort. Heck, flop right down on the ground and make a snow angel (though, make sure to have a hot beverage on hand if that’s your choice.) At the very least, grab a handful of snow and let loose a snowball. I promise you, it will brighten your day!
While the wintertime brings the snow and cold, it also rings in several worldwide holidays! Many of these holidays, such as Christmas, involve elaborate outdoor decorations, including lights and music. Even if you don’t adhere to a particular religion, these winter celebrations have developed a large secular following, allowing everyone to enjoy a bit of brightness during the winter cold!
So many people let their physical fitness routines lapse during the winter, hoping to get back in shape when the warmer months arrive. But there’s no need to wait! Especially with the 2022 Winter Olympics around the corner, there is no better time to learn a winter sport. Whether you are in it for the long haul of cross-country skiing, the creativity of ice-skating, or the allure of curling, there’s almost certainly something to grab your attention, and keep burning those holiday calories!
No matter what you choose to do, whether spending time inside or outside, with others or by yourself, there are so many ways to enjoy your life on a snowy day. Have we missed one of your favorite snow-day activities? Let us know how you take advantage of the wintertime in the comments below!
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