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!
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.
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.
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.
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!