50 Fun Things for Teens to Do This Winter

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Winter can be long, dark, and boring for many teens. And that can lead to some unhealthy habits, like overeating, spending too much time on the internet, or sleeping too much

It's important to keep your teen physically active, emotionally engaged, and intellectually stimulated throughout the year. So, why not try a few new fun activities with your teen this winter? 

Cold Weather Outdoor Activities

If you live in a cold climate, your teen may be tempted to stay inside during the winter glued to their cellphone.

But fresh air, sunlight, and exercise are important. 

Look for healthy cold weather activities you can do together as a family. Be a good role model and be willing to bundle up and go outside. Show your teen it's important to stay active, even when it's cold or snowy outside. Here are some cold weather outdoor activities:

  • Go ice skating.
  • Go sledding.
  • Learn how to downhill ski or go cross-country skiing.
  • Build a snowman.
  • Build a snow fort.
  • Have a snowball fight.
  • Go on a winter hike.
  • Go ice fishing.
  • Go snow tubing.
  • Play outside with flashlights after dinner.
  • Snow shovel for those in need for free.
  • Go winter camping as a family and learn survival skills.
  • Hold a bonfire.
  • Go snowshoeing.
  • Go star gazing.
  • Go on a winter photo scavenger hunt.
  • Have a snow sculpture competition.

Indoor Activities

When it's below zero, pitch dark, or blizzard-like conditions, you'll need some indoor activities to engage your teen. Use the winter months as a way to encourage your teen to discover hidden talents and new interests.

Here are some indoor activities that can help keep them intellectually stimulated and physically active:

  • Learn how to do a new craft every week.
  • Take turns picking online workout videos to do together as a family. 
  • Cook a meal as a family with each member in charge of a different course.
  • Read one book every week.
  • Join a book club (or start one).
  • Go to an indoor water park.
  • Visit a museum.
  • Learn card tricks.
  • Attend yoga classes.
  • Plan a family vacation.
  • Clean out clothes and household goods that are no longer wanted and donate them to charity or sell it online.
  • Go swimming at an indoor pool.
  • Attend a youth group.
  • Take an art class.
  • Join a gym.
  • Watch a play.

Social Activities

Many teens struggle to find ways to connect with their friends during the winter. But it's important for your teen to socialize outside of school. Here are some ways your teen can maintain healthy friendships during the winter: 

  • Hold a board game or video game tournament.
  • Let your teen plan and host a Valentine's Day party.
  • Host a movie marathon.
  • Hold a slumber party.
  • Participate in a fundraiser with friends.

Activities That Teach Life Skills

Winter can be a good time for your teen to learn and practice new skills. Challenge your teen with activities and opportunities that will help them prepare for the future. Here are some winter activities that teach life skills:

  • Start a small business.
  • Babysit. 
  • Volunteer to read to children at the library.
  • Build a website.
  • Volunteer at your community food pantry, soup kitchen or church.
  • Practice budgeting skills.
  • Take an online class.
  • Visit a college.
  • Job shadow a professional.
  • Plan a digital detox.
  • Start filling out scholarship applications. 
  • Start a family challenge, like a weight loss challenge. 

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