Family Winter {Outdoor} Bucket List

I really love summer. I love flip-flops, sunny days and water. I also really love winter. Enjoying the summer allows me to enjoy winter even more. There is so much fun to be had in the winter so I thought it would be fun to create our own winter bucket list for me and the kids. This one includes things we won’t do, but most of them we will try to do.  After all, winter is more fun through the eyes of a kid, right?!  Let’s check out my winter bucket list for outdoor winter fun.

Family Winter Bucket List

  • Build a snowman – I love what the kids did with our snowman this year.  Charlie built the snowman mostly on his own.  A few days later, we had some friends over and the kids hollowed out the bottom of the snowman to make a tunnel.  How fun!
  • Build an igloo.  Have you seen the idea where you stack pallets so that when it snows, you have an igloo?
  • Make ice marbles
  • Do the hot water challenge or whatever it’s called where you throw hot water outside when it’s like a million below zero.  I live in Minnesota, it’s been a million below zero since Christmas Eve.  The big thaw is coming – we’ll be at 29 later this week!  Heat wave!
  • Go ice skating.  So fun and often times, you can find free rinks.
  • Go downhill skiing.  I won’t lie, this really isn’t my thing.  I hear people love it, I’m just not one of them.
  • Go cross country skiing.  This one, I’d do.  Winter is so beautiful and we live near a wildlife refuge so there are tons of trails to ski on.
  • Go show shoeing!  The wildlife refuge holds an event every winter when the weather cooperates and you can borrow snowshoes for kids and adults and they take you on a trek around the refuge.  It’s so much fun and we learn a ton.
  • Get polar bear feet.  I don’t really know what these things are called but they strap on the kids’ feet and when they walk around, they leave polar bear tracks {or whatever else is on the shoes}.  We have three different ones and the kids love them.
  • Look for animal tracks.  Snow is the perfect thing for tracking the animals.  I love these printable animal track cards.  We take them into the refuge and look at the tracks we find, then figure out what they are from on the cards.
  • Go ice fishing!!!  This is hands down Charlie’s favorite part of winter.  He talks about it all the time.
  • See ice castles.  We did this a few years ago and it was awesome!  If you have a chance, check out some ice castles.
  • Build a snow sculpture.  There is someone about 45 minutes away from here and they create the coolest snow sculptures every year.  I think last year it was a dragon. The one they create is enormous but creating one on a smaller scale would be fun with the kids.
  • Make snow angels.
  • Go sledding
  • Go snowboarding
  • Play hockey.
  • Go snowmobiling
  • Go on a horse-drawn carriage ride.  This is maybe a seasonal thing but I know leading up to Christmas, there were lots of events with rides.
  • Have a snowball fight!
  • Go to a winter carnival.
  • Create ice luminaries
  • Read a book in an igloo
  • Make a giant snowhill.  
  • Have hot cocoa around a campfire.

What is on your winter family bucket list?  I am excited for a warm up in a few days so we can check a few more things off our list.

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