Indoors or outdoors, winter is a wonderful time to catch up with your loved ones. Here are 10 awesome activities that can bring your family together this season:
Probably one of the easiest activities that even little ones can enjoy is snowshoeing. Hike through local parks to see frozen fountains and sculptures or traipse through the trees on snowy forest trails. You could also play ‘I spy’ with the kids for some extra fun.
Make a trail in the snow and then scream down the hill with your family. Kids love the speed and rush of a sled. Adults will get a great workout dragging children back up the hill.
Board games, hide and seek or cards will help to keep everyone occupied while ice pings against the windows and winds howl around the eaves.
Look through the family recipe box or search the Internet for a tasty meal that the whole family can make. Little ones can stir, season or gather ingredients. School-age children can measure, pour and mix. Let them toss the salad or pour cake batter into pans. Mom and dad can do the chopping, slicing and timing. Gather around the table and watch the kids enjoy the meal they helped to prepare. Another bonus is that secret family recipes and techniques can be passed on from one generation to the next.
Most provinces have their own special celebrations for winter. Ice sculpture contests, huge snow slides, hotels created solely from ice and lights everywhere will help to run off the dreariest of winter days.
With so many skiing and snowboarding opportunities, it is almost wrong not to strap on your skis and swish down a trail. Easy trails and skiing lessons will help little ones master this sport. Black diamond trails will challenge your skills. Heli-skiing incorporates a helicopter ride to the summit where fresh powder waits to take your breath away as you zoom downhill over sheer rock, through glades and over blind hills.
Cottaging in the winter is awesome. Instead of boating, go ice-skating on a frozen lake. Instead of grilling out, enjoy making ice cream together. Hike the trails to see how the scenery has transformed from green leafy plants to ice-coated branches that twinkle in the sun. Notice how crisp and clean the air is as it stings your lungs.
Drill a hole in the ice and let your children drop a line. Tell stories as you wait for pike, lake trout or walleyes to bite the bait. Nothing excites a kid more than pulling a wriggling fish out of a hole!
Grab a stack of your favourites or choose new movies online. Pop some popcorn and pour some drinks. Use the surround sound feature. How many times do you get to tell the kids they can watch TV for as long as they’d like? Today you can.