Must-Do Winter Activities for the Family

Must-do Winter Activities
Who says winter and cold temperatures demand you stay indoors? Get the family bundled up and head outside for some fun winter activities that appeal to kids of all ages.

There are many reasons to love living in northern Nevada, but the variety of outdoor activities the state offers is probably the biggest draw. Take time this winter to enjoy being outside with fun activities for the entire crew.

This season, bundle up, get outside and make winter activities with the family a priority. We’ve culled a list of entertaining and adventurous things to do with the kids in tow to get you started. Bonus: You’ll actually burn a large number of  calories being active outdoors in the winter, as your body works harder to stay warm.  

Winter Activities for Kids of All Ages

  1. Organize a scavenger hunt.
    Make food-colored ice cubes, or simply grab some fruits and vegetables, and hide them in a designated area in the snow. Watch as everyone tries to find them in this fun, all ages game perfect for a snow day!
  2. Light up your snow angel.
    Not sure what to do with those glow sticks left over from Halloween night? Try burying them in the snow before you make a snow angel or place them in the yard before an anticipated snow storm (best with 2 to 4 inches of snow). When evening comes, watch your snow angel light up.
  3.  Decorate your child’s playhouse.
    For a fun and festive activity, place your child’s playhouse in the front yard and make a wreath for the door, laminate paper snowflakes and hang holiday lights along the roof and trim. This unexpected holiday decoration is sure to have your kids begging to go outside and play!

  4. Go for a Full Moon Snowshoe adventure.
    Looking for a great way to enhance an upcoming trip to Lake Tahoe? Try a Snowshoe Tour by the Tahoe Adventure Company.
  5. Go Ice Skating.
    The Rink on the River has a new home this year — outside the Reno Aces Ballpark. So strap on your skates and enjoy some family time in the nice crisp winter air — you’ll not only build leg muscles but also improve balance and flexibly.
  6. Dog Sled through the High Sierras.
    Explore the Sierra Nevada Mountains like never before. Wilderness Adventures offers Dog Sled Tours with experienced mushers and eager huskies who love the outdoors.
  7. Golf in the snow.
    Most of us know someone who loves golf so much they are counting down the days until they can dust off their clubs. But why not golf in the snow? Make a miniature course by planting plastic cups in the snow, creating hours of fun for all ages.
  8. Paint in the snow.
    What makes a better canvas to paint on than a blanket of snow? Be as creative as you like or try painting pants on a snowman or sculpt a snow dragon and paint it different colors. The options are endless! To make snow paint: Combine food coloring and water in a spray bottle, and then spray it on the snow.
  9. Play footprint tag with the kids.
    Tag, you’re it! This game is ideal after a recent snow fall where one person tries tagging the other, but only by stepping in the footprints made in wake of the first person.
  10. Surprise neighbors by shoveling their driveway.
    Who doesn’t love a neighbor who surprisingly shovels your driveway? Get in the spirit of the season by gifting your neighbor with a clear (and safe) walkway this winter. Doing good for others makes you feel good, too!

Remember that not every child has the health capacity to enjoy the snow with their families. If you’re interested in brightening the day for children too ill to go outdoors, contact Children’s Services at Renown.