Fun Activities For Families To Do Inside During The Winter

With winter officially starting in the Northern Hemisphere, many families are looking for fun indoor activities to get them through the next few months. Between the cold weather, short days, and a pandemic that’s closed down most forms of entertainment, fun ideas are more than welcome. So, if you’re looking for fun activities to do inside with your family during the winter months, here are some of our favourite ideas.

Board Games

A Netflix or Disney+ subscription can be a lifesaver during the cold winter months. But, let’s face it, none of us should probably be spending as much time in front of a screen as we already are.

One fun activity that could replace your household’s Sunday afternoon movie marathon could be a family game night. There’s a wide variety of classic and new board games out there, including a few good ones for preschoolers. Of course, if you’re the type of folks who are too competitive for Monopoly, you could also give puzzles or chess a try.

Food Prep

What about combining something that’s both fun and useful? Cooking can be an excellent way for families to spend time together.

Not only is preparing meals an educational activity for children of all ages, but it’s also a project you can thoroughly enjoy once it’s finished. Prepare family staples or choose from one of the many recipes available in our food section, and you won’t be sorry.


Want to take things up a notch? Why not get everyone together to start a windowsill garden? Choose a sunny spot to plant some herbs or grow vegetables that you’ll be able to enjoy in a few months or so. You can even grow herbs or vegetables in your kitchen using mason jars!

Of course, if you haven’t exactly got a green thumb, maybe you can start with a few succulents or a couple of low-maintenance air-purifying plants for your living space.

Get Moving

With the Covid-19 pandemic, most of our workouts have either gone on break or have moved to small home-based exercise spaces. But considering the cold weather and long winter waiting for us, this could be a good thing.

Why not come up with exercise challenges for the entire household? Anything from a basic 10-minute strength workout, to a streamed fitness class, or even a game of indoor golf can be an excellent way for your family to have fun and improve your physical health. Plus, you’ll all be “beach ready” by the time April comes around.

Start a Band

Ok, so you may not be the most musical family on the block. But that doesn’t mean you don’t enjoy a good tune.

Getting together with your kids to learn and play an instrument isn’t just a good way to bond. It’s also an activity that has numerous proven benefits. According to Harvard Health, music can boost memory and mood. Plus, it can help your teen with their math homework, which is always an added bonus.

Get Crafty

While DIY projects aren’t the most creative suggestion for indoor family activities, they’re common for a reason: They’re fun and they work.

Make your own playdough. Craft your favourite Star Wars characters to keep you company for the next episode of The Mandalorian. Build your entire neighbourhood out of Legos. Whichever of these crafts you choose, you’re sure to find that doing something creative makes the time go by faster.

Socially Distanced Cultural Events

Last but not least, if you’re staying home this winter season, you can make the most of the extra free time and do some things you may not have the opportunity to do otherwise. For example, many cultural institutions will be streaming live music or recorded events, all for free. Or, you can keep an eye out on YouTube and find streams from theatre companies from all over the world, including Broadway smash hits.

Whether you’re looking for good ways to relax as a family or want to inject a bit of excitement into your home, these fun activities to do inside during the winter are all great options. They’re not only entertaining, but also easily adaptable, and they’re good for all age groups. So don’t hesitate to give them a go this season. And let us know which ones you enjoyed the most!

Lyne is a Certified Infant Massage Instructor (CIMI), Certified Professional Wedding Consultant, and an Event Planner. It has always been her dream to create a website dedicated just for Moms since her children were young. Thus, after 10 years, she finally accomplished it, and the Ottawa Mommy Club was born in May 2011. She loves all things Disney and is an avid chocoholic. She was also the Queen B of the BConnected Conference, Canada's Digital Influencer and social media Conference in Ottawa and Toronto.She coordinated the Annual Infant Information Day/Early Years Expo for the City of Ottawa for 8 years. She was also the co-chair of the Navan for Kraft Hockeyville 2009-2011 committee that organized five community events within 6 months, and helped Navan reach the top 10 finalists in Canada. In April 2011, she received the City of Ottawa Mayor's City Builder Award.

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  1. Great ideas. May I also suggest taking an online class together as a family; whether its a dance class, yoga class, or an educational class of some sort… My 17 year old and I took an online history course through Harvard (for free) back in April, my 20 year old and I took an AI Programming class in October (through UCLA for free online) and my nephew (who is 5) took an engineering class designing paper airplanes. It has been really fascinating and interesting.

  2. I love the suggested family activities. All of them are easy in incorporate in our daily lives and makes things just a bit more fun and memorable!


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