WINTER OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES WITHOUT SNOW

WINTER OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES WITHOUT SNOW
12/13/2017 No Comments » Blog Charles

It’s cold outside, but that’s not enough reason to stay in the house. Keeping kids and ourselves outdoors and active is very important, even in winter. However, ideas seem to be lacking, and the motivation to get out in the cold with no snow makes it worse. This winter may have been an interesting one – rain one day and freezing temperatures the next. Keeping ourselves entertained and outdoors with and without snow is possible with a little creativity and imagination. Let’s go on an adventure and have loads of fun.

Sometimes we are lucky enough to see the white stuff, but snow is not a luxury we may see often. Even with cold temperatures, you may want your boys to play outside at least for few hours each day. Whenever you browse the internet for new ideas during winter play, it seems that everyone’s list includes skiing, sledding, snowshoe hikes and so on; this doesn’t work all the time. But worry not, we did some brainstorming and came up with most important ideas of all time for outside winter activities to make sure you enjoy as far as your soul, body, and heart may wish.  Some of these are free or cheap and can be carried out in your own backyard. We believe you’ll make it through the list, maybe twice, before the season ends! Hope you enjoy it!

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Many of the activities we look forward to most of the times when winter arrives require snow. However, there is no reason for being dismayed or disappointed with these fun snow-free, cold-weather activities. Each year, around this time, you may start dreaming of warmer climates. Imaginations of sunshine, bare feet, and tropical thunderstorms may haunt your daydreams. However, worry not, put on your warm layers, boots, hats and mittens and head outside to play. Here are a dozen fun ideas to keep you moving and connect them with the natural world

Winter Hike

Nothing is more fun for kids than running through the woods and finding the hidden treasures in the leaves. The forest usually has a bunch of fun-filled new spots to explore.

Summer Toys

Dress up and break out the scooters, the bikes, roller blades and skipping ropes. The cold should not keep you indoors. There are lots of fun activities to be had in the winter months right outside your front door!

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Picnic

Put your best colorful and warm clothing with care, pack hot cocoa or a thermos of soup, and have a wintery picnic. Go on and enjoy a winter picnic. Take blankets and sandwiches. This is cheap and might give you some fun.

Skating Rink

Many Towns have free outdoor rinks, and a frozen pond can’t be too far away. Lace up your skates, and you haven’t mastered skating yet, take lessons with the kids!.

Wildlife Watching

Tracking animal prints in the snow might be hard, and watching the wildlife sounds like a valuable idea. Usually, animals are not hard to spot in the barren winterscape.

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Parks – Both local and national are great places to go animal watching, Nearby forests, and preserves, or even golf courses and cemeteries are great wildlife watching spots.  To increase your chances of spotting wildlife, consider the following tips: you need to look for out-of-place shapes and motions; also look above and below you; then try and crouch down and be as quiet as possible. Remember to use binoculars. Moreover, figure out what the best time of day for sighting wildlife by putting into consideration what is the animal’s daily special schedule. Usually, dusk and dawn are critical times for wildlife watching.

Tidepooling

If you are staying near the coast, then winter is a great time to go tide pooling as some of the most dramatic tides occur during this kind of a season. Plan a visit to the beach at low tide and take a look at the thousands of plants, animals, and creatures that live in the tidal zone.

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Make sure you dress in warmly and non-slip, good gripping boots and be careful on the slippery rocks. You may need a guide from the national and state parks along the coastline during the snowless winter.

Other events

  • Build a winter bonfire
  • Rent some snowshoes and go snowshoeing.
  • Take your dog for a walk. It’s one of the leading benefits of having and owning a dog.
  • Go cross-country skiing.
  • Grab a blanket and a cup of hot cocoa and sit outside on your front porch swing and let your mind wander in all sought of imagination, enjoy the rare beauty of life.
  • Feed the birds or go birdwatching. Make your birdfeeders out of pine cones, peanut butter, and birdseed.
  • Head out on a photo expedition to take pictures of the winter landscape.
  • If you have dogs or kids, then set up an obstacle course in the yard with jumps, tunnels and other challenges.
  • Freeze water balloons – If the temperatures are too low enough, fill balloons with water and let them sit out overnight. Pop them the next day for a fun game of ice bowling.
  • Nature walk – You may find a new path near you and see if there is anything you can collect in a brown bag. Display these collected items on a table at home to remember your adventure.
  • Play ball – Baseball, basketball, football and so on. It might be more challenging in the cold, but has lots of fun. Try it without regret with mittens!

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A few extra ideas and a bit of extra effort can turn even the boring and coldest no snow winter season into a fun-filled family or individual time outside that keep everyone healthy and active until the warmer temperatures return!

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