Snow days. You either love them or hate them. There’s no in-between. For kids, it’s one of the best feelings ever to wake up to a blanket of snow. For parents, there’s an immediate panic while figuring out the logistics of whether you’ll be able to get to work and what you’ll do with the kids.
We’ve all been there. An overnight snowstorm hits your town that no one was expecting. The alarm wakes you up like clockwork, only you turn the TV on to a list of school closings.
Our school system sends out automated alerts, so around 5 am (before my alarm goes off), I get a phone call, text, and email notifying me that school is closed.
What am I supposed to do with my seven-year-old and 14-year-old?
That depends on how bad the roads are. Our street in particular. We live two backroads off of a main street. So, we’re in the third tier/wave of street-clearing.
So, I usually end up working from home (as long as our internet doesn’t go down).
How to Make the Best Out of a Snow Day
I love to turn these occurrences into special days. Days where we can do things that we don’t normally get to do. Days where we can have special “snow day” rituals.
THINGS TO DO AT HOME
- Go back to bed.
- Eat lunch together.
- Bake cookies (or muffins).
- Have an indoor scavenger hunt.
- Play charades.
- Curl up in front of the fireplace.
- Make s’mores.
- Roast hotdogs.
- Drink hot cocoa (with marshmallows).
- Build a fort.
- Catch up on reading.
- Play board games.
- Have a TV or movie marathon.
- Play the Wii Fit.
THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD
- Snow paint. Put some water and food coloring in squirt bottles. Make a creation. Don’t forget to take pictures.
- Take some photos of the fresh snow or make a video of the snow showers.
- Build a snowman.
- Make snow angels.
- Have a snowball fight.
- Help a neighbor shovel snow.
THINGS TO DO IF YOU CAN DRIVE
- Find a hill at a local park or school and go sledding or snowboarding.
- Find a curling rink and go curling for the day. (Curling is a sport in which players slide stones on a sheet of ice towards a target area which is segmented into four concentric circles.)
- Learn about snowflakes.
- Catch snowflakes on black paper.
- Make paper snowflakes.
- Make a pine cone bird feeder
- Go to the movies.
- Head to the museum.
- Go to the local library for books on winter.
- Don’t do anything.
Just because it’s winter, doesn’t mean you can’t have an adventure.
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