10 Creative, Must-Do Winter Activities


Don’t let snow and cold temperatures keep you inside. We have creative and fun winter activities for a memorable, active season in the chilly outdoors.

There are many reasons to love living in northern Nevada, but one of the biggest is its wide array of outdoor activities — and not just for warm weather. Even if you’re not a snow sports enthusiast, there are lots of great winter activities to get you outdoors with the kids.

Winter Activities: Take Your Pick

This season, bundle up and make winter activities a priority with this list of entertaining and adventurous things to do. Bonus: You’ll actually burn more calories because your body has to work harder to stay warm.  

  • Go on a winter hike. Whether at the park or in the woods, enjoy discovering what your family’s favorite outdoor locales look like covered in a blanket of snow. Take pictures, collect items you find and see what animal tracks you can spot in the forest.
  • 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. Or just stay inside and hunt around the house!
  • 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 placing 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.
  • Strap on your snowshoes. Snowshoeing is a good form of cardio and great for endurance, and is a good way to enjoy the snowy scenery. Check out our list of six great spots for snowshoeing
  • Go ice skating. Reno’s seasonal ice rink is located outside the Reno Aces Ballpark. So strap on your skates and enjoy some family time — you’ll not only build leg muscles but also improve balance and flexibly.
  • Play soccer in the snow. Or football, or baseball. Keep warm by running around and chasing the ball in the snow. Use a brightly colored ball so you don’t lose it!
  • Golf in the snow. Why not golf in the snow? Make a miniature course by planting plastic cups in the snow.
  • Paint in the snow. Try painting your snowman or sculpt a snow animal and paint it different colors. To make snow paint: Combine food coloring and water in a spray bottle, then spray it on the snow.
  • Play footprint tag with the kids. This game is ideal after a recent snowfall where one person tries tagging the other, but only by stepping in the footprints made by the first person.
  • Surprise neighbors by shoveling their driveway. Be the neighborhood hero by providing a clear (and safe) walkway this winter. Doing good for others makes you feel good, too!