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                                                  10 Outdoor Activities that don't require snow!

1. Fort building

stick fort

Building forts is one of those quintessential activities of childhood. And one of the best things about this activity is that you can do it year-round! Leafless twigs and branches just happen to be in abundance during winter, so gather these up and start building! Try out a tepee, lean-to, or an A-frame shelter.









2. Have a fire

firepit

Fires are great any time of year, but I could argue that they’re the BEST in the winter since this is when we’re all probably the most in need of the warmth and comfort that fire provides. Make sure to include hot drinks and something to roast over the fire. Hot dogs, marshmallows….popcorn anybody?
More ideas for cozy winter fires:

  • Blankets
  • Lanterns 
  • Serving tray
  • Roasting sticks
  • Large thermos for storing hot drinks

3. Obstacle course backyard games

We love the idea of this as an outdoor winter activity because one of the best ways to stay warm outside is to get moving! Set up cones or natural obstacles to zigzag around, hurdles to jump over, tunnels to crawl through, things to climb over, balance beams to cross, rocks (or these safer indoor/outdoor stepping stones) to jump across, and so on.

4. Have a picnic

winter picnic

Do this in your own backyard or head to a park! Make sure to bring warm food and drink and a waterproof mat. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, try actually preparing your meal outside over a fire, on the grill, or on a camp stove. Or, if you’re going for simplicity, just bring some hot chocolate and a small snack.



5. Go for a hike

winter hikeSorry, but this one just never gets old! The great thing about hiking is that every season has a unique experience to offer! Winter hiking generally means no bugs and having trails primarily to yourself. If your kids are bored with hiking in general, try something new, like a sensory hike where you pay particular attention to the sounds, smells, and textures as well as the sights around you.





6. Visit a botanical garden or arboretum

viles arboretumThese are generally open year-round and offer a mix of outdoor and indoor experiences. A lot of them also have children’s play areas. If you’re not aware of any in your area, do a quick Google search! Check out the Maine Botanical Gardens or the Viles Arboretum. (P.S., Arboretum is just fancy for a botanical garden just for trees!)






7. Make bird feeders

pinecone birdfeederWe did this awhile back, and it’s been one of my favorite outdoor winter activities that we’ve tried! The birds in our area seemed to enjoy the pine cones that we smothered in peanut butter and coated with birdseed the best!

I love that this activity offers a DIY, the opportunity to get outside and decorate the tree, and the chance to watch the birds after! You can even grab a bird identification book and see if your kids can figure out which types of bird visitors you have!




8. Go to the playground

Judging by the lack of people at playgrounds during colder parts of the year, perhaps the general population needs to be informed that playgrounds don’t disappear during the winter only to magically reappear in the springtime. They are, in fact, still there! All year!

Admittedly, these can be a little hazardous when it’s icy out. But when snow and ice are absent, they’re a great place to take the kids (and yourself) for some fresh air and exercise.

9. Go on a nature scavenger hunt

scaveger hunt outsideSince winter is the time of year that everything is dead, scavenger hunts probably aren’t typically considered when brainstorming outdoor winter activities. 

In the winter, be on the lookout for things like deer and moose antlers, berries, seedpods, acorns, evergreens, and dead flower stalks. Try and see if you can discover where bugs are hiding out. Pay attention to the bark on different types of trees and examine it closely with a magnifying glass. Give each child their own mesh collection bag or plastic storage container and compare what everyone gathered afterward!



10. Go to the beach

popham in winterIt may not be quite as fun as swimming there in the summertime, but the beach is still worth a visit during winter! Fly a kite along the shoreline, climb rocks or dunes, explore tide pools, check out a lighthouse, watch the waves, or go rock/shell hunting. FYI – You still might want to bring a towel!