Fun things to do in the Winter with Kids when its cold outside

With the weather being cool, do you find yourself looking for fun things to do outside in the wintertime with kids? Look no further and explore the cold weather activities ideas below.

  • Go sledding
  • take a hike in the snow with boots and long johns
  • build a campfire on the snow and roast marshmellows and make hot cocoa
  • make a lean-to house with found branches
  • make a snowman if the snow is packable
  • build a snow fort
  • Chop wood with a maul
  • Go eagle watching
  • Go see a movie
  • Take scenic drive
  • Bake and decorate cookies or brownies or cupcakes
  • warm up in a sauna or hot tub
  • Go bowling
  • Take photos of beautiful things or each other in nature
  • Play video games and stay inside!
  • Make rock people or shell artwork, these can be left around trails or campsites for the next visitor to find!
  • Have the kids help with a big puzzle

Must-have items to pack for overnight train trip

We are about to hop the Amtrak Southwest Chief train from Naperville, Illinois to Albuquerque, New Mexico on our summer vacation to Sedona, Arizona. There was quite a lot of planning and below is my overnight packing list for our train trip which is about a 20 hour train ride.

Overnight Train Trip Packing List

  • headphones or ear buds
  • sheet, micro-fiber or thin blanket or light sleeping bag
  • comfy shoes aka crocs
  • cell phone, charger cable with USB block and portable charger for cell phone
  • laptop and charger
  • toiletries – in small bottles for flying too including bar soap, toothpaste and brush and deodorant
  • something to read, something to write with and journal
  • a few DVDs or download your fav neflix or Amazon Prime movies ahead of time onto your mobile device
  • wallet, ID and cash
  • disposable water bottle, because we will fly and will throw this away at end of trip
  • snacks: summer sausage, pocket knife, gorp, mints, gum
  • bottle of wine or wiskey or both!
  • travel pillow aka moosh-moosh
  • ear plugs
  • 4 nights of cloths including hoodie or fleece jacket
  • playing cards & gemz card game
  • baby wipes
  • Crocks or water shoes
  • Swim suit
  • Hat
  • Masks
  • Sunglasses

I’ll continue to publish about our Southwest USA vacation as we move through the trip!

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