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.

 

Related: Summer Bucket List 

Related: Fall Bucket List

 

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.

 

Create a winter bucket list with this free printable and calendar. Read more for a list of fun winter activities to do with kids or the whole family. #winterbucketlist #winteractivities

 

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 fall 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.)

 

Plan out your winter bucket list with this free printable. Keep track of the activities you want to do in the winter with your kids or your whole family. Read more for why you should have a winter bucket list and ideas and indoor and outdoor activities to include. #winterbucketlist #winteractivities #winter

 

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
  • Books/Movies/Concerts

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:

Create a Winter Bucket list to keep track of all of the winter activities that you want to do with your family this year. Includes plenty of ideas for indoor and outdoor winter activities! #winter #winterbucketlist #winteractivities

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.

Our family's winter bucket list. For more ideas and to create your own winter bucket list, read the post! It includes winter activities for the whole family (including both indoor and outdoor activities) and access to your free winter bucket list printable. #winter #winterbucketlist #winteractivities

 

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

skiing

sledding

snowmobile

snowshoeing

take a Santa train

take family pictures

visit a brewery

 

INDOOR FALL ACTIVITIES

 

adopt a family to give gifts to

bake Christmas cookies

bowling

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

make Muddy Buddies

painting

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

Oobleck

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

 

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20 of the Best Christmas Traditions

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Christmas Mad Libs

 

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