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15 Free & Low-Cost Ways to Enjoy a Snow Day

Embrace the magic of winter with these 15 snow-day activities! From outdoor adventures to cozy crafts, create family memories in your own winter wonderland. ❄️⛄️🎿

15 Free & Low-Cost Ways to Enjoy a Snow Day

Ah, snow days — the magical moments when the world transforms into a winter wonderland, and the possibilities for fun are as endless as the snow-covered landscape. In this blog post, we'll share 15 exciting snow day activities that cater to all ages and preferences. From outdoor adventures to cozy indoor crafts, there's something here for every family member.

Winter wonderland fun

Stay active and make the most of the gorgeous winter wonderland with these fun snow-day activities and recipes:

1. Snowman extravaganza

Grab your mittens and scarves — it's time to create the ultimate snowman! Get creative with accessories like hats, sunglasses, and even fruit for facial features. Challenge each family member to come up with the quirkiest snowman design.

2. Just add color

Fill squirt bottles or squirt guns with water colored with food coloring. Let your kids get creative and add some cheerful color to the snowy landscape.

3. Winter scavenger hunt

Craft a list of winter-themed items, hide them around your yard or local park, and set the family loose on a winter scavenger hunt. It's a fantastic way to explore the winter wonderland while having a blast.

4. Feed the birds

Birds and small animals have a tough time finding food when it’s snowing. Help them out by making bird feeders to hang in your garden.

Family snow day ideas for indoor fun

When it gets too chilly outside it's time to head indoors for some cozy fun with board games,winter-themed movies, and these winter-themed activities.

5. DIY snow globes

Bring the magic of snow indoors by creating your own snow globes. Fill mason jars with water, glitter, and small winter-themed figurines, and seal them for a personalized touch of winter wonder.

6. Winter-themed crafts

Get artsy with winter-themed crafts. From coffee filter snowflakes to handprint penguins, there are endless possibilities to let your creativity run wild.

7. All aboard the Polar Express

Are your family members fans of the Polar Express book and/or movie? Refresh everyone’s memory by reading the book together. Then let their imaginations run riot by creating their very own Polar Express with furniture in the living room. They can make tickets and dress up too!

8. Snow day STEMming

Get in some STEM activities by making snowflake-shaped crystals. All you need are some pipe cleaners, alum powder, and water. And a bit of patience!

9. Snow dough

Playing with playdough is a great boredom buster and a way to work on those fine motor skills. All you need is a cup of cornstarch and half a cup of lotion. Add some glitter for extra fun!

10. Snowy window art

Create beautiful winter scenes on your windows using washable window markers or paints.

11. Hot cocoa bar

Warm up after your outdoor adventures with a hot cocoa bar. Set up a station with various toppings like whipped cream, marshmallows, and sprinkles, and let everyone customize their perfect cup of cocoa.

12. Snow-inspired treats

Turn ordinary snacks into winter wonders. Make snowman-shaped sandwiches, snowflake-shaped cookies, and hot chocolate with whipped cream "snow."

13. Homemade marshmallows

Elevate your hot cocoa game by making homemade marshmallows. It's a fun and delicious activity that adds a touch of warmth to your winter day.

14. Snow ice cream

Mix fresh snow with sweetened condensed milk and vanilla extract to create a tasty snow ice cream. Add toppings like chocolate chips or crushed cookies.

15. Cookies galore 

Gather the family for a cookie-decorating extravaganza. Use snowflake, mitten, and snowman-shaped cookie cutters, and let your artistic side shine with colorful icing and sprinkles.

Winter wonderland fun for the whole family

Snow days are opportunities to create cherished memories with your loved ones. Whether you're reveling in the outdoor beauty or enjoying indoor coziness, these 15 snow-day activities will make your winter wonderland experience unforgettable. Need to stock up on cocoa, marshmallows, and crafting materials? Download our Coupon Book Finder to see whether the book of deals and discounts is delivered in your area.