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10 outdoor winter activities with kids

Sometimes the winter months can keep us cooped up indoors, but don’t let the chill get in the way of winter adventures.  It may require a little extra clothing and preparation, but the winter months are absolutely magical for outdoor exploring.  Please note that we live in sunny Palm Springs, CA so adjust your kids’ winter clothing accordingly.  Here are 10 ideas to get outside with the family:

take a hike

Hiking is easily my go-to outdoors excursion year ’round.  There are always easy trails everywhere you go – fit for kids and adults of all ages and capabilities.  Get the heart rate up and spend some quality time with the family out on the trails – bundle up!

go birdwatching

Buying a decent pair of binoculars was one of the best decisions I ever made.  My daughter and I love to leave the house and go on birdwatching trips.  You’ll see different types of birds at different times of the year, so catch sight of the winter birds while they are in town.

play in the rain

We get a lot of cold rain here during the winter and I absolutely love to play in it.  Nothing like a crisp winter rainfall to exhilarate the body and spirit – just make sure to have warm blankets and shelter nearby!  This one is just for those of us in warmer climates of course – no one wants to play in freezing rain.  duh. = )

have a snowball fight

Because, you just have to.

take a road trip to the snow

Looking for a winter adventure?  Pack up the car with sleds and hit the road!  Living in the low desert, we have to head up into the mountains to play in the snow, making every snow-filled afternoon a fun road trip.  Try driving to a new snowy destination this winter.

go glamping

Camping is one of our family’s favorite activities, and as long as you’re prepared, winter camping can be some of the best.  I absolutely love snuggling up with my family in sleeping bags with the cold mountain air outside the tent.  Glamping is just like camping, but with a few extras.  When I feel like putting in the extra effort, I assemble my “glamp tent” (seen below) which offers a plush hang out space for daytime card games or nighttime stargazing.

glamping in joshua tree #glamping

go stargazing

The above idea can be tied in with this one, or you can simply lay out in your yard and watch the winter sky.  Stars seem to shine extra bright during the winter months, don’t they?  The beautiful sky below is in Joshua Tree, photographed by my husband.

black rock canyon joshua tree

hit the park

The parks are still a great place to have fun with your kids during the winter.  They are also a great place to take in the beautiful winter views!

hug or sniff a tree

This year, you can visit a National Park for free if you have a kid in 4th grade like I do with the Every Kid in a Park, a White House incentive.  Our greatest national treasures are waiting!

family walk or ride

We take family walks or bike rides nearly every night, except for nights with late cheerleading practice.  We walk the dog, we enjoy the sunset and we get a little exercise as a family.

What do all of these activities require besides bundled winter wear?  Snacks and beverages, of course!  The golden key to keeping kids happy while adventuring is comfort and nourishment.  Keep the kiddos fueled with Fruit Shoot, with an extra benefit – purchase Fruit Shoot at your local Pizza Hut from Nov 10 – April 30 and $0.5 of each purchase will go to support the First Book literacy program.  On a particularly cruel winter day, a good book in bed is always a great idea – I know it is a favorite of mine.  Help support kids and their passion for reading with this amazing program!

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5 Comments

  1. April
    February 9, 2017 at 3:24 pm — Reply

    I don’t think this woman knows what winter is. I live in Pennsylvania and if I let my kids out in the winter rain they would freeze to death in 20 minutes. Also her kid doesn’t even have a coat on in many of the photos. I don’t think think this blog is useful for anyone in 3/4 of the U.S.A.

    • February 12, 2017 at 10:20 am — Reply

      I grew up in Virginia and my husband grew up in PA so I understand winter is different for different locations. I currently live in the desert, so my pictures reflect this. If your kid needs a coat, put a coat on. Mine didn’t since it is 70 degrees during our winter.

  2. Heather Clement
    February 12, 2017 at 7:15 am — Reply

    This article wasted about 5 minutes of my life. This .. except for snowball fights.. is what we do in the summer. If we did any of these things in the winter in the midwest.. we would all die of hypothermia. NICE one.

    • February 12, 2017 at 10:21 am — Reply

      All of these activities can be enjoyed in different climates… just adjust the clothing to fit your temperatures.

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