Winter is well on its way, which means it’s time for nature to slow down… It doesn’t mean though that your family has to as well! Autumn has it’s own fun, and taking photos was always a happy moment for me. But after all the different colored leaves dry up, white mantels the surroundings for new fun shots. Winter activities are both exciting and challenging to capture.
Here are some suggestions of fun family activities for the winter you can do to create new memories at winter wonderland. Make sure the camera is charged and the memory card has plenty of room so the moments can be captured and shared with friends and family.
Play In The Snow
Children adore the snow, and the bonus for adults is that playing along burns extra calories. Build snowmen or a snow family; make snow angels and snow forts; and go sledding or tubing on the nearest hill. The picture possibilities are endless.
It doesn’t matter what time of the day you go to make your snowman, your totoro or other figures you fancy. The kids (and kids at heart) will have fun making a standing snow character.
Go Ice Skating
Many lakes and ponds freeze in winter, which means ice skating – if allowed. If a frozen body of water is not readily available, many shopping malls offer temporary ice skating rinks during the holiday season. Some cities have permanent ice skating rinks for local hockey teams and offer open skate sessions.
Vienna alone has enough open rinks for all the kids and adults, with the highlight being the Viennese Eistraum, a vast continuous rink around the city hall, beautifully illuminated at night during winter.
You can also enroll in skating lessons if the kids are not used to it yet. Believe me, they would learn in a day or two! I’ve seen how all of my 3 kids were able to skate on their first day on the ice. Have the camera ready for pictures worthy of greeting cards.
Bring Out The Board Games
Family game night is a new fad in America, but when the cold weather is too bitter and families find themselves staying home, they can turn off the television and play board games any night of the week. Playing board games together is a lovely way to spend time and teach good sportsmanship to the children. Keep plenty of age-appropriate games on hand so everyone may participate. Serve favorite snacks and treats, and let the younger children capture moments with the camera.
At home, we have chess, Monopoly, Blokus, and the usual known games. We also have card games, different kinds of Rubik’s cubes, and other mind-stimulating games. While gadgets are also still around – it’s still fun to play with the other traditional games.
Get Your Craft On
Tons of craft products can be purchased in local craft stores and found around your home. Tablets of construction paper, safety scissors, tubes of glitter, glue sticks, bags of pom poms, feathers, buttons, sequins and rhinestones, and let them cut, glue and sparkle their masterpieces into existence. These creations make wonderful subjects for pictures, and grandparents are sure to treasure both the pictures and the finished projects.
One of our favorite stores in town sell books, crafting stuff, school supplies, klumperts, and Lego sets. It’s one of the favorite places we spend time in – they have sofas where you can read in silence – well, they read in silence while I browse on pretty papers, colorful journals, and beautiful mugs and cups.
Cook Together and Afternoon Teas
Speaking of mugs, the coldness of winter is the perfect setup for afternoon teas. Along with carbo-loaded goodies that my daughter enjoys making, we would watch a movie or bible-themed videos through.
Winter is also known for holidays, and holidays are known for food. Gathering the family in the kitchen for the testing of new recipes is a fun way to spend a weekend. Bake cookies, bars and cakes, or try a new and unusual ingredient for the first time. Play a family version of Iron Chef in which two teams create new ways of using a single ingredient. Floured and frosting faces make excellent photographs, so make sure the camera is ready.
Fun Family Activities For The Winter Takeaways
No matter what a family decides to do for fun this winter, a camera should be readily available to capture every moment. As mentioned, it doesn’t matter what time of the day you decide to have fun out, just make sure that everyone is properly clothed for the weather. Make plans ahead if you want to spend time up in the mountains for snow. Also set aside your budget for all the gears if you are to rent or buy, and even for food. Planning is always a foolproof way to avoid mishaps.
When outside, have fun. And capture that. When indoors, there will still be so many ways to have fun even when the weather calls for the bed. Have tea and cake, and talk with the kids, capture those smiles. Older children sometimes forget ways in which the family spent time together, so having photographs for them to see is a wonderful way to reminisce and remind them of funny things they did when they were little. Serve popcorn and hot chocolate, and while away the evening in the warmth.
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