Baby it’s cold outside! On days like today when the temperature is dipping below -20 with the wind chill it is smart to stay inside and keep warm, but just because it is winter, is no reason to hibernate completely! When you live where it is cold at least 4 months of the year, you have to embrace winter and get creative to stay active, both indoors and out. Busy kids and an active family is a great thing!
Having a list handy of nearby indoor family activities that everyone will enjoy and outdoor ideas that you can do together all bundled up is the key to surviving our long cold winter.
Find Indoor Fun for the Whole Family
Beach Volleyball – In the winter? Why not. One location, North Beach Indoor Beach Volleyball in Toronto gives the illusion of tropical surroundings while your bare feet sink into the sand! There is also a rock wall and a 20 foot blow up obstacle course that will have all ages (even parents) working up a sweat in no time.
Rock Climbing – Kids as young as 4 can join their parents at rock climbing gyms for climbing or a bouldering which is climbing a wall with no ropes or harness. It really is fun for the whole family, and quite the arm workout.
Roller Skating – The kids all have roller blades and have all mastered ice skating so why not give old fashioned roller skating a try?
Golfing – Give the kids a long stick and tell them to whack at a small ball. Get your swing warmed up at a local indoor golf simulator or play a family favorite game of glow in the dark mini putt.
Trampoline Park – They are popping up everywhere. Bounce from trampoline to trampoline and challenge each other with crazy jumps into the giant sponge pit. You can LITERALLY jump off the walls or perfect your jump shot with a basketball while taking off from a trampoline floor!
Swimming – Check out family swims at your local community pool and maybe even buy a seasons pass to make the most of your splash time on cold winter days.
Recreation Center/Open Gym – Many communities have Recreation centers boasting open gym times and provide soccer balls, basketballs, hula hoops, ride on toys and more.
When You Can…Get Outside
If you can get outside, GO OUTSIDE! Make the most of those days when the sun is shining and the snow is calling. Invest in a good pair of snow pants and warm boots and play with the kids outside. Check out the park in the winter, make snow forts and look into all kinds of winter sports your family may not have tried yet.
Ice Skating on a Pond – Don’t settle for public skate at the local arena. Look around your area or drive a bit to find a hidden gem like a frozen pond or outdoor skating rink. Go to Ottawa for a family weekend and enjoy the 7km skate on the Rideau Canal or visit Arrowhead and their magical outdoor 1.5km loop through the trees. Don’t skate? Learn!!