Winter can be a time of overindulgence and minimal activity, but those that embrace this cold season tend to find that it has much to offer in the way of family bonding. Interested in helping your loved ones get off the couch? Keep reading for tips and tricks on how to keep your family active and together this winter season.
1. Go on a Hike
This might seem like an obvious tip, but cold weather can often discourage individuals from stepping foot on a trail. In reality, all you have to do is bundle up, and your winter hike will likely be a rewarding and scenic experience. Take young ones on a small trail near a park or river, and give adolescents a more physical challenge with a trip to a large trail system.
2. Tour a Museum
A planned indoor activity is sometimes a must on days when the temperature is below -15. However, staying indoors doesn’t necessarily mean there’s no exercise involved. Museums and art galleries offer families the opportunity to simultaneously learn and stay fit by walking around the various exhibits. Many museums even have a special “kid-friendly” zone or playground for children to enjoy.
3. Stop by a Nature Sanctuary
Wildlife skills are important at any age, which makes nature sanctuaries the perfect getaway for kids and adults alike. Nature centers can often be found at provincial parks, but if you’re looking for something different, try an indoor butterfly observatory or greenhouse-the humid temperatures can make you feel like you’re on a mini vacation.
4. Visit a Skating Rink
Skating can be a great winter activity for families large and small because public rinks are generally free to use. Kids outgrow skates quickly, so rentals or thrifted skates are two great options if your family is on a tight budget. For beginners, DIY skate aids are a blessing to bring along, and don’t forget to stock up on hot chocolate for afterwards.
5. Go Snowshoeing
Snowshoeing is a winter activity that’s often forgotten amid the hype for skiing and snowboarding, but snowshoe rentals of various sizes are often available at ski hills and conservation areas, making it an easy activity for families to try. It’s an excellent cardio workout, and it also runs cheaper than downhill skiing or snowboarding, since it doesn’t require you to pay for a ski lift.
6. Cook Meals Together
Many home cooks can attest to the belief that making a family-size meal is a form of physical activity, and one of the best ways to advocate healthy lifestyles to kids is to make nutritious food with them. Have everyone browse recipes in a cookbook or online, then arrange a prep station for each member of the family.
7. See a Tourist Attraction
From the parliament buildings to the CN Tower, Canada has no shortage of interesting attractions. Touristy locations can be quite fun to visit with young kids who are likely still learning about Canada’s geography and history. Keep your costs low by packing a homemade lunch and remember to snap a few memorable photos.
8. Explore a Maple Syrup Farm
Everyone loves maple syrup, right? What’s even more enjoyable, though, is visiting an actual maple syrup farm, where families are often given guided tours and encouraged to tap their own trees. As an added bonus, parents can feel great about partaking in this winter activity, as it supports a local farm in the process.
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