Winters can be cold and dreary sometimes, as the snow falls endlessly outside. Homebodies may get away with it by curling into bed with a book, but that can’t be fun all the time, can it? But you know what, if you love fun and adventure (like me), there are some classic winter activities that you can enjoy even as an adult.
Just the sight of the first hint of snow brings back so many fond memories from childhood. Who can resist feeling like a kid, even if for a moment? Snowfall in the winter makes the entire season feel festive and full of life. It’s a great excuse to bring out your inner kid and go out and have some silly fun. And on top of being a good time, these activities will also keep you warm. Win-win, if you ask me!
So, if you’ve been wondering about snow activities to enjoy as a grownup, you’re at the right place. I decided to compile all the snow adventures I loved as a kid and still do as an adult. I’m sure you’re going to find out a few that’ll make you excited for the winter.
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1. Snow Graffiti
Remember how fun it was to draw stick figures on the sidewalks as a kid? Well, in winter, you don’t need any chalk for that. You can even color the snow around your house to make it look pretty. Drawing figures and scenery in your back and front yard is a classic that never goes out of fashion. It looks gorgeous if done well.
Just collect a spray bottle and fill it up with water and food coloring. Go crazy with the colors and go out and paint! It’s a super fun way to spend a snowed-in day in winter. It’ll make anyone feel young at heart.
2. Snow Toss
Love snow fights but feel too old for it now? Then this one’s for you. Like you did for snow graffiti, fill up a spray bottle with water and food coloring. Use it to make a circle in the snow. That’ll be the target. Now, step back around 10 ft, and try to hit the mark with snowballs. If you’re playing in groups, you can also color your snowballs to indicate teams. Fair warning, this game can get awfully competitive in the blink of an eye!
Pro tip: I like to wear black gloves to avoid getting color all over my fingers and hands.
3. Snow Tubing
Snow tubing is another fun winter activity for adults. If you’re not familiar with snow tubing, just know that it can be an hour of gleeful fun, it’s that crazy. So as the name suggests, you need an inflated tube, similar to the lifebuoys you see at every beach. Got your tube? Now the fun begins.
Find yourself a stretch of a beach or a mountain that is snowed all over. It needs a smooth and slopey stretch of land where you can zip around on your tube.
Do I need to say more? Sit inside the tube, and just go sliding down a slope! The rush you get from that will leave a smile on your face for the rest of the day. Take care not to get hurt in the heat of the moment. Otherwise, it’s quite safe and good fun.
4. Snow Sledding
Snow sledding is the more sensible version of snow tubing. If you like leisurely strolls in the summer, you’re going to love snow sledding in the snow. It’s a fun activity for people of all ages. Again, hillsides are ideal as there are enough slopes and snow available there.
I also love the fact that you don’t need to have special skills or learn certain moves to pull of snow sledding. You’ll fit right in, no matter your level of comfort with the sport. Like always, remember to be just a little cautious, and you won’t get into any hairy situation.
5. Ice Skating
Ice skating can be a slippery slope. I am sorry for that pun. Moving on, what I mean is that unlike the activities above, this one does require some balancing skill. So beginners might find it a bit unapproachable. I say fear not! But as a newcomer, please take the right amount of precaution. Wear a helmet, for starters.
It’s my duty to let you know that once you’ve mastered it, you’ll be completely addicted to it.
6. Ice Fishing
Gone fishing yet? As an adult, sometimes the best activities are the ones where you can sit back and relax. If you find yourself nodding to this statement, try ice fishing. No, seriously. It’s more fun than regular fishing. Of course, you’ll need a little patience as fish take time to find the bait in cold conditions.
Note: Do not go ice fishing alone. It can be challenging to deal with emergencies on the ice on your own.
Snowshoeing is highly enjoyable for people who love activities like hiking and trekking. It is a fantastic experience that also doubles up as an aerobic exercise. And there you have it, a perfect light exercise for people of all ages.
Although you’ll need some gear to get started, the moves are not hard to pick up. You’ll be off and running in minutes! Snowshoeing is an excellent opportunity to enjoy your time in nature. Dare I say, soak it in?
8. Ice hockey
What is there to say about ice hockey that hasn’t been said? People in the country either love it or don’t care for it at all. But if you have enough snow around your place to get a game of hockey going, then why not? Also, this is one of the activities which is actually a team sport. So, if you can gather a few interested parties, it’s game on!
Do wear proper gear. You don’t want to get hit by a puck in the icy cold, trust me on that.
9. Snowball Fight
Okay, let’s admit it, nothing beats snowball fights. It is the winter activity, and if you think it isn’t for you, I can’t help you, my friend. It’s fun for everyone, and not a single thing is needed apart from, well, snow. Keep in mind if the snow is too icy, you’ll end up with snowballs that sting. It can suddenly turn a fun game of snow fight into a trip to the emergency room.
Also, when the snow gets too light and airy it’s hard to roll them into any shape. One trick that you can try is lying down on the snow for a couple of minutes to warm it up. That’ll make it easier to roll the snow into tight, little snowballs. And off you go.
10. Snow Kayaking
You might think I’m making this up, but snow kayaking is just like regular kayaking that you do on the river. So, if this is something you enjoy in ordinary seasons, the snow doesn’t have to stop you. Not at all! Of course, this is one activity that’s possible only in the thick of winter, when the rivers and lakes freeze.
If you know how to kayak on the river, it’ll be no trouble for you in the snow. Gravity does the hard work of dragging you down to the slope. Remember to watch out for snow-covered trees.
No matter how dreary winters can get, they have no right to be boring as well! So, jump right into these fun activities and you’ll be feeling warm and cheery inside in no time. And if you feel like it, you can always look up more activities to help cheer you up during the cold winters.