50 Fun Things for Teens to Do This Winter


If you live in a warm climate, the cooler winter months may be the best time of year to stay active. But for those in the north, long winters can be rough—and it can be tough to keep kids active.

Winter can be long, dark, and boring for teens especially. The cold climate and short days can lead to unhealthy habits, like overeating, spending too much time on the internet, or sleeping too much, ,if you're not careful.


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 escape the cold by staying glued to her cellphone in her bedroom. But fresh air, sunlight, and exercise are important to kids' health.

Look for healthy cold weather activities you can do together as a family. Be a good role model. Get bundled up and head outside, even when you don't really feel like facing the cold.

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 and let your teen invite friends over.
  • 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 (or magic tricks in general).
    • 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.
    • 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: 

    • 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. 

    Get Moving and Stay Active

    If you struggle to find activities that keep your family active, don't give up. Keep trying new things. In fact, you might even take turns picking activities each week for the family to try. 

    When everyone keeps moving, you'll stay physically and emotionally healthier throughout the winter. And you'll be teaching your teen healthy habits that may stick with her life.