Top 10 Indoor Activities for a Snow Day in the South

December 19, 2017

We don’t usually see much snow in the Southeast, but on the off-chance that Jack Frost makes a guest appearance this winter, we know that almost every school will be closed. Of course, kids can pass the day by building snowmen and having snowball fights, but once the outside fun is over, they could be struck with a serious case of cabin fever. To help you get ready, we compiled a list of activities to pass the time and survive a snow day this winter.

1. Make (Real) Snow Cones

Our #1 Salesman” (CC BY 2.0) by Kyle Taylor, Dream It. Do It.

We’ve all enjoyed this summertime treat, but a snow cone, in its most pure form, is made from freshly fallen snow. Go outside, scoop up enough for a cone and add the flavor of your choice.

2.Make Snow Ice Cream

€9 Ice Cream! by trix0r, on Flickr
€9 Ice Cream!” (CC BY 2.0) by trix0r

Following in the same vein, snow ice cream is another great way to keep the kids busy and reward them with a sweet treat. Simply scoop up some snow, mix it with condensed milk and add a splash of vanilla extract. The mixture creates a chilled delight that probably only comes once a year.

3. Build a Fort

Keep Out! sign on an Indoor Fort For Kid by, on Flickr
Keep Out! sign on an Indoor Fort For Kid” (CC BY 2.0) by

This tried and true activity is sure to provide hours of entertainment. Grab some sheets and see what you can create. In case you are a little short on inspiration, the internet has no shortage of unique fort designs that you can try.

4. Write Letters to Family and Friends

snail mail (Neat and Tangled release wee by mom2sofia, on Flickr
snail mail (Neat and Tangled release wee” (CC BY 2.0) by mom2sofia

Take this opportunity to brighten someone else’s day. When was the last time you or your children wrote a loved one? Sit them down with some paper and have them draw pictures and write letters to relatives that could use a surprise in their mailbox.

5. Make Your Own Playdough

sea monster by Tim Pierce, on Flickr
sea monster” (CC BY 2.0) by Tim Pierce

Take to the internet and find a simple recipe for whipping up some homemade playdough. Making the dough is half the fun, and once the crafting is over, some recipes use edible ingredients so the dough is good to eat.

6. Watch a Christmas Movie

Movie Night by Anthony J, on Flickr
Movie Night” (CC BY 2.0) by Anthony J

It’s that time of year again. Either whip out the DVDs or see what is playing on TV for the fifteenth time this season. Make it an experience; put on your best holiday pajamas, make some hot chocolate, and spend the afternoon reconnecting with some classic films.

7. Make Paper Snowflakes

paper snowflakes by miheco, on Flickr
paper snowflakes” (CC BY-SA 2.0) by miheco

This classic activity is about as simple as it gets. Grab some paper and scissors and see who can get the most creative with their designs. Hang them up around the house and create your own indoor winter wonderland.

8. Conduct a Science Experiment

Chemical Reaction by katerha, on Flickr
Chemical Reaction” (CC BY 2.0) by katerha

Whether it be baking soda and vinegar reactions or something more involved, there are plenty of scientific discoveries that can be made with the help of just a few household items. Put on your lab coat and see what you can cook up.

9. Play Some Board Games

Not sure about the rules by Nawarona, on Flickr
Not sure about the rules” (CC BY 2.0) by Nawarona

Perhaps there is no greater time for a family game of Monopoly than when you are stuck inside and forced to be in the same room with the person who just bankrupted you. Pick out a game you haven’t played together in a while and see where the night takes you. If you’re lucky, you just might finish the game.

10. Find a Cardboard Box and Let the Kids go Crazy

Peekaboo (inside cardboard box) by Oleg., on Flickr
Peekaboo (inside cardboard box)” (CC BY 2.0) by Oleg.

There is something about cardboard boxes that makes kids’ imaginations go wild. If you are lucky enough to have a spare box stored away, set it out. It’s sure to keep them occupied for an hour or two. Don’t ask us why. It just works.

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