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Snow Day Activities and Fun

Updated on August 31, 2017

10 Fun Things to Do on a Snow Day

Snow days mean different things to different people. For kids, snow days are a day off from school. For those with children or grandchildren, it means finding ways to keep the kids entertained which can be challenging at times.

For adults, snow days are a day off from work which may mean more work later, but it can also be a day to act like a kid again, at least for a little bit.

There are many fun things to do on a snow day for the kids and for parents. I've pulled together many fun snow day activities from playing out in the snow to making snow cones with snow. The activities are split into outdoor and indoor activities.

This lens was created for the Rocket Mom's Picture Perfect challenge, to make a lens around a photograph we had taken. I used many photographs from a snow day that we had in December 2009, when everything around us was wrapped in a blanket of white.

Read on to discover some fun things to do on your next snow day.

Snow with sunlight by Kirsti A. Dyer

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Outdoor Snow Day Activities

A Snow Man in the Snow

Image by Kirsti A. Dyer
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Snowman by Kirsti A. Dyer

Build a Snowman or Snow person

One of the fun things that many people do anytime it snows is to build something in the snow. Usually people build snowmen (like the photograph above) or snow people, sometimes they will build snow families with the pet dog and cat.

Having a snowman kit lets one quickly accessorize the snowman with a scarf, a stove pipe hat, button nose, corncob pipe and two eyes of coal to replicate Frosty the Snowman. Other kits allow one to build a Santa snowman.

Depending on the amount of snow from the snow day, one might even try building an igloo or snow shelter for the inevitable snowball fight if there are enough people around.

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Available on Amazon

Make Snow Angels

Another fun snow activity is to make a snow angel.

Snow angels are easy to make. Just fall backwards (or carefully plop) into the snow, making sure to fall in one spot.

Once down in the snow to make the angel move arms up and down and move feet side to side. The arms create the angel wings and the legs the angel's dress.

When the snow angel is finished, be sure to carefully move away from the angel in one direction.

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Toboggan in the Snow

Image by Kirsti A. Dyer

Slide Down a Hill

After building a snowman and having a snowball fight, probably one of the next best things to do is to grab a toboggan, saucer or sled and slide down a hill (like the photograph above). Having something to use that has handles to hang onto makes it easier to slide on the snow.

When selecting a hill to slide down be sure to look for a spot that has a clear path, one that is not filled with trees or rocks which can lead to injuries. Grab your sled or saucer and go.

Walk in the Snow

Snowy Walk by Kirsti A. Dyer

Bundle up and Go for a Snowy Walk

First thing to do before going outside to walk in the snow is to bundle up in warm clothes. This may include wearing a hat, mittens and a scarf.

Wearing shoes that can walk in or grip snow, adding snow cleats to existing shoes or wearing snow shoes makes it much easier and safer to walk in the snow, particularly if there is ice mixed into snow.

Walking in the snow can be a great way to get out of the house, enjoy the snow, and get some exercise as well.

Wear Snow Shoes or Snow Cleats

Strap on some snow shoes and enjoy walking in the snow.

Image by Mykl Roventine
Image by Mykl Roventine

Catch Snowflakes

Catching snowflakes on the tongue, on a glove or on a window is another very fun snow day activity. Watch the snowflakes melt, or take some time to study them and see if you can find two snowflakes that are the same.

Researchers have shown that there are no two snowflakes that are alike. Factors like time to make, temperature, humidity, and gravity all play a role in how snowflakes are developed.

These factors and forces work so that it is highly unlikely that two snowflakes could be exactly alike.

Catching Snowflakes by Mykl Roventine

Learn about Snowflakes

Ken Libbrecht has written many interesting books on snowflakes.

Image by Kirsti A. Dyer
Image by Kirsti A. Dyer

Take Photographs of the Snow

Snow changes the landscape of an area and the white blanket wraps around plants, trees, roads and buildings to create a beautiful picture.

Snow can create many unique imagery like the photograph of ice crystals reforming in an old footprint shown to the right.

Looking at the images on this lens shows the beauty of photographs of the snow.

Crystal Footprints by Kirsti A. Dyer

Indoor Snow Day Activities

Image by Waferboard
Image by Waferboard

Make Snow Cones or Snow Ice Cream

With freshly fallen snow, especially snow that falls around the home, a really fun and easy snow day activity is to make your own snow cones or snow ice cream. I've used honey, maple syrup or molasses for flavoring.

I've looked for ways for my kids to make healthier snow cones, so one of the things that we've done is to use honey in place of traditional snow cone syrup to flavor the cones.

I've also tried to get them to use molasses. Maybe they'll be more interested in using molasses sometime.

As they've gotten older, they want to make snow ice cream, so I found a few recipes that they can make snow ice cream.

Snow Cone Hat by Waferboard

Healthy Flavors to Make Snowcones

We like using honey, maple syrup or molasses.

How to Make Snow Ice Cream - Videos

Image by jitping
Image by jitping

Fix some Hot Chocolate

One of my favorite things to do on a snow day or a snowy day is to fix a nice cup of hot chocolate.

On cold winter days it is nice to sit and watch the snow fall, bundled up in warm blankets with a hot cup of cocoa.

Hot chocolate is also good to enjoy reading a favorite book or listening to favorite music, especially holiday tunes.

Hot Chocolate by jitping

Image by dene
Image by dene

Watch a Movie

As long as you still have power, a great snow day activity is to pop some healthy popcorn and put on a movie. Play a new movie that the kids haven't see, or watch a favorite movie.

Once winter hits, it may be good to have a movie stashed somewhere to surprise the kids.

My kids like to pretend the house is a movie theater, so we dim the lights and serve popcorn out of special movie-style popcorn containers.

Movie Popcorn by dene

Read a Book

Reading a good book or sharing a book with a child or grandchild is the way that many people have passed time on a winter day.

My daughters are enamored with the Percy Jackson series. Both of them have been working their way through the series since they discovered it this summer.

History and humor buffs may enjoy reading Mark Twain Autobiography. This is a book that my father read in a few days. Mac users might prefer reading Steve Jobs autobiography.

To get ready for those snowy winter days, it is probably a good idea to stock up on a few books to read for those times you have a snow day or snowed in day.

Reading a Book by d3designs

Image by Sam Crockett
Image by Sam Crockett

Make Hot Soup or Hot Oatmeal

Snow days always seem to make me want to eat something warm. Cooking is an easy snow day activity.

For me there is something very comforting about a big pot of hot soup or hot oatmeal on the stove on a snow day.

On cold days I like to put on a pot of steel cut oatmeal for breakfast. It also makes a great mid afternoon snack. Hearty soups or stews make for a wonderful winter dinner.

Steel Cut Oatmeal by Sam Crockett

Image by Victoria Made
Image by Victoria Made

Make Snowflake Shaped Foods

A fun cooking activity for a snow day is to pull the snow inside and bake some snowflakes.

Making cupcakes with snowflake cupcake wrappers is a very easy way to bake some snowflake fun.

Another way to bake some snowflakes is to use some snowflake cupcake or cake pans to bake snowflake cakes and cupcakes.

Bake up some sugar cookies or gingerbread into snowflake shapes for even more snow day fun.

Snowflake Cupcake by Victoria Made

Enjoying the Snow

Image by Kirsti A. Dyer
Image by Kirsti A. Dyer

Kickin' Back in the Snow by Kirsti A. Dyer

Enjoy the Moment and Let it Snow

On a snow day, perhaps the best thing to do is to just kick back and relax, whether it is indoors or outdoors and just enjoy the snow.

As the song goes, "Let it Snow, Let is Snow, Let it Snow."

The one thing that is for sure, is that the snow won't last, so enjoy it.

Do you enjoy snow days more as an adult or as a kid?

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    • HealthfulMD profile imageAUTHOR

      Kirsti A. Dyer 

      5 years ago from Northern California

      @Masterdevin123: Could have used some Rainy Day ideas when my kids were younger.

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 

      5 years ago from Northern California

      @anonymous: Unless you have to be working. Maybe they need to give snow days to people who work online.

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      5 years ago

      That's a tough one. I really liked them as a kid, but I'd say they are even more fun now that I have kids.

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 

      5 years ago from Northern California

      @tomoxby: If you can get to them... the latest snow day we had, everyone was snowed in until the roads were plowed or melted.

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 

      5 years ago from Northern California

      @takkhisa: I hope you get to join her. Making snow angels is a lot of fun.

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      5 years ago

      Cool lens and my gf makes snow angel :)

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      5 years ago

      There are a lot of skating rinks in our part of the world and it seems on snow days, weekends, holidays they are packed with kids and adults.

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 

      5 years ago from Northern California

      @Loretta L: Tobogganing is still fun even as an adult.

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 

      5 years ago from Northern California

      @Mary Stephenson: Hot chocolate (or tea) is my way to cope with a snow day.

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      Mary Stephenson 

      5 years ago from California

      Very nice lens and so many ideas to just enjoy the snow. Might want to roam around outside a bit in the snow, if I lived where it snows. But I don't live there any more. But I would soon want back inside curled up with some hot chocolate.

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      5 years ago

      I don't love snow days as much as I did when I was a kid. Probably because I still have to go to work! Nice lens with lost of interesting stuff to do on a snowy day.

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      Loretta Livingstone 

      5 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      More now. I loved in a less snowy area when I was a kid, with no hills. Now is much better! And I'm not quite the oldest tobogganer in town!

    • Masterdevin123 profile image


      5 years ago

      Much more as a kid, great ideas too, loved the lens!!! You should check out my rainy day lens too...

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      Virginia Allain 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      My instincts spur me into making a big pot of soup when it is snowing. Probably a throwback to my pioneer ancestors. Great page with lots of fun ideas. You can also make virtual snowflakes on a website called SnowDays. I have a lens about it. At one time, I was seriously addicted to it and couldn't stop making pretty snowflakes, but finally switched to my Squidoo addiction.

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      6 years ago from Canada

      I think I enjoyed them more as a kid. It was an unexpected day off school.

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      7 years ago

      great photos, they were nice to look at while I participated in your polls, you sure did earn a 'thumbs up' from this snow lover.

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      7 years ago

      Around here, we get snow so infrequently that we forget what we can do in the white stuff. I need these kinds of little hints and reminders for playing the snow. Thanks.

    • LyricalVenus profile image


      7 years ago

      Wonderful lens! ALMOST makes me want to go play in the snow. :)

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      7 years ago

      Great ideas... I love going for a walk in the snow and taking pictures, especially if the sun is shining. Skiing is probably second on my list! :-)

    • timothygeorgeke profile image


      7 years ago

      If Malaysia had snow, I would be doing everything you listed. Great lens.

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      7 years ago

      Wonderful ideas! I'm off to learn about making a scarf.

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      Lisa Auch 

      7 years ago from Scotland

      Whoot Woo! I love the snow! I got my gloves and hat all ready!

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      clouda9 lm 

      7 years ago

      Wonderful ideas for things to do on a snowy day. We still laugh out loud about poo-man...our snowman with a fern mohawk and all the other typical embellishment...only "stinky" thing is we realized after rolling him up that he had a streak of dog poo up his back...eww! and lol! *Blessed today - thanks for the memories.

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      7 years ago

      oh yeahh cant wait for it to start snowing damm! Cool ideas to do ona beautiful snowy day.

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      7 years ago

      Snow days are the best!! If we had them here in California I would love them just as much as when I was a child! It brought back great memories reading your lens!


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