I was chatting with some friends the other day and one made a comment along the lines of “I’m so bummed winter is almost here and we lose all of our activities. Here comes the season of TV!” Don’t get be wrong, I don’t have an issue with TV (and we watch more in winter months than summer months) but I don’t want to rely on it as my activity of choice for the whole winter season! There are still plenty of things to do in winter months with kids!
As I’ve done in the past, I created a winter bucket list for our family filled with plenty of family-fun activities to do in the winter months.
One of the reasons I love putting together a seasonal bucket list is because it encourages us to make the time for the activities we want to do, among the ever-filled weekends with parties and get-togethers. When we looked at our calendar, we realized that we had something planned almost every weekend through the end of the year.
Because I thrive off of family time, creating a bucket list (and planning it out accordingly) encourages us to take control of our calendar. (And book a few getaways and events that are important to us.)
While I love all the activities that come along with creating a bucket list, my favorite thing is that it fosters creating an intentional and purposeful schedule.
WHY DO YOU NEED A WINTER BUCKET LIST?
- Do you sit around wondering how you can fill your days?
- Are your weekends filled with various birthday parties and get-togethers and you never have time to fit in your own family fun?
- Do you look back on prior months and wish you did certain activities that you never got a chance to do?
- Do you always intend to catch up with certain friends (or schedule play dates) but never come around to doing it?
- Do you have a list of books your want to read, movies you want to see, or concerts you want to attend?
- Do you wonder what to do with the kids on a snowy or cold day?
- Do you look back on the winter months and wonder where it went, but don’t have anything to show for it?
- Do you want to maximize your winter and have THE MOST FUN EVER!
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you need a winter bucket list!
A winter bucket list is a simple resource that encourages you to brainstorm all the fun activities that you want to plan. Having a winter bucket list encourages you to think about the life that you want to live and is the first step to putting it into action.
By putting together a winter bucket list, you are forced to think about all the things you want to do, people you want to see, places you want to visit, and put them out into the universe to happen.
Putting together a family winter bucket list gives everyone in the family a chance to choose adventures and contribute to your family’s precious memories.
HOW DO I PUT TOGETHER A WINTER BUCKET LIST?
Typically, you put together a winter bucket list in the beginning of the winter, but there isn’t any reason you can’t start mid-winter All you need is paper and a pen. (Of course, I’m biased, and would suggest using my custom winter bucket list template, but you can use a simple blank paper as well.) (See the form below to access your free printable winter bucket list template.)
To start, brainstorming all of the fun activities and adventures you want to go on. I like to categorize my bucket lists into the following categories:
- Outdoor Activities
- Indoor Activities
- Nighttime Activities
- Places to Go
- Play Dates to Schedule
- People to Visit
- Things to Make
- Things to Learn
I like to do this together as a family. That way everyone gets a say and can contribute to planning the fun.
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PUTTING YOUR WINTER BUCKET LIST INTO ACTION
Once you have selected the activities to include on your winter bucket list, you have to put it into action. Writing it all down is a good first step but planning it out is even better. Grab a calendar (or use my free winter bucket list printable calendar) to start scheduling out when you want to do the various activities on your list.
I prefer to schedule out the big activities in advance but leave some room for spontaneity. (You can’t predict the weather so it would be hard to schedule out all the outdoor and indoor activities in advance without knowing the weather.)
Here is a sample of our family’s winter bucket list calendar:
WHAT TO PUT ON YOUR FAMILY WINTER BUCKET LIST?
Every list is going to be different, but here are some ideas that we have on our bucket list.
OUTDOOR WINTER ACTIVITIES
- build a snowman
- cut a Christmas tree
- decorate your porch
- go caroling
- go ice skating
- go to a football game
- go on a Christmas lights walk
- have a snowball fight
- ice fishing
- make snow angels
- take a Santa train
- take family pictures
- visit a brewery
INDOOR WINTER ACTIVITIES
- adopt a family to give gifts to
- bake Christmas cookies
- bounce house
- bring treats to local first responders
- build a blanket fort
- build a gingerbread house
- children’s museum
- cook a new recipe
- create a care box for our troops
- create a memory box or time capsule
- decorate your house
- do a puzzle
- go go-karting
- go to a hockey game
- go to a play
- go to the movies
- have a fire
- make hot cocoa (or DIY hot chocolate sticks)
- make Muddy Buddies
- play a board game
- rock climbing
- trampoline park
- visit Santa for pictures
- visit your local library
- volunteer at a soup kitchen
- watch a Christmas movie
- write a letter to a friend
NIGHTTIME WINTER ACTIVITIES
- game night
- have a sleepover
- make fondue
- make your own pizza night
THINGS TO MAKE IN THE WINTER
- create a winter wreath
- create a photo book of fall memories
- make chalkboard wall (directions here!)
- homemade ice cream
- homemade Christmas ornaments
- homemade cinnamon Play-Doh
- no-sew blanket
- paper snowflakes
- salt-dough ornaments
- ugly holiday sweaters
OTHER IDEAS FOR YOUR WINTER BUCKET LIST
- Books to read
- Concerts you want to attend
- Movies you want to watch
- People to visit
- Places to go
- Play Dates to schedule
- Things you want to learn about
- 20 of the Best Christmas Traditions
- Where to Buy Matching Christmas Pajamas (in 2019)
- Christmas Mad Libs
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