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Family-friendly activities to do during winter

A happy family slide sking during winter

Winter in Washington comes with a slew of different activities the whole household can enjoy. Being cozied up at home means opportunities to bond with the family and create lasting memories.

While winter at this time will be very different considering COVID-19 restrictions, the situation shouldn’t stop your family from making the most out of the season. There are outdoor and indoor activities that you can do as a household that is fun and safe!

If you are looking for ways to entertain your young ones during the winter break, we have gathered some of the best cold weather activities you and your children would love!

Visit the neighborhood playground

Washington state winters are notoriously cold and wet. However, you can check daily weather forecasts to find windows of opportunity that will allow the family to head straight to the neighborhood playground. Outdoor activities in your local park are often the best cure for the winter blues.

Center at Norpoint in Northeast Tacoma is a great option if you have toddlers and older kids. This park has two playgrounds – one to accommodate preschoolers, the other one for older children. The Tacoma Nature Center playground has it all! From bridges to trees to a discovery pond, there is something for everyone in this park!

✪ Before you head out, read Washington State’s updated coronavirus guidelines here.

Explore new trails

There is no shortage of things to do in Washington state especially for families that love the outdoors. Known for its expansive woodland areas, Washington offers opportunities to hike a new trail, a fun activity that you can enjoy with your children even amidst the pandemic.

The Penrose Point State Park is one of the best locations to see the full majesty of Mount Rainier. This secret gem spanning two miles is located in the Kitsap Peninsula and features a beach. If your family enjoys spotting wildlife, Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge is the trail for you! Located near Olympia, this sanctuary is a bird haven teeming with fowl and shorebirds.

✪ Before you head out, read Washington State’s updated coronavirus guidelines here.

Play in the snow

If you’d rather not venture out, there are still tons of things you can do in your own backyard. Playing in the snow with your kids is a great way to truly enjoy the season.

If space permits, you can go sledding in your backyard! You can create your own sled with a cardboard box, a trash bag, and duct tape. You can also repurpose tarps, boogie boards, inner tubes, or lids from plastic containers. Creating your own sled with cardboard is a fun activity in itself!

You can also build a snowman. To make it more interesting, add themes to your creations and make a competition out of the activity!

Binge on a nature documentary

For days when the weather forces you to stay indoors, there is no need to fret! There are still plenty of things to do in your home in Tacoma, WA.

Get a taste of the great outdoors by gathering the whole family to watch nature documentaries. There are a few available on various streaming platforms, like “Our Planet” on Netflix. You can also scour YouTube for features uploaded by National Geographic, for example.

Visit an indoor playground

The winter blues can be difficult. However, a little physical activity should do the trick. Thankfully, there are various indoor playgrounds around the South Puget – Tacoma area.

Defy Olympia features 60 trampolines. This indoor adventure center, which has locations in Seattle and Tacoma, is great for kids of various ages. If you have toddlers, WiggleWorks kids in Puyallup is specially designed for children 48 inches and below. This soft-play indoor space has space for your little ones to run around as well as Wi-Fi and a snack bar for the adults!

✪ Before you head out, read Washington State’s updated coronavirus guidelines here.

Cook together

One of the best things you can do as a family during winter is to cook together. Knowing how to cook is an invaluable skill but it can also be a lot of fun! Ask the kids what they’d like to make – cookies or pizza is a great first step. They’re easy and basic, giving kids a sense of accomplishment when the finished product they had a hand in making pops out.

For older kids, you can suggest taking inspiration from the family’s favorite restaurant in Tacoma. Order in and try to recreate their favorite dish!

Winter doesn’t have to be all dark and gloomy. There are tons to do to keep the family happy and occupied whether indoors or out. Bring the magical winters in Pierce County to your home. Let the kids feel your delightful warmth as a family even if the weather outside is frightful.

If you are looking to make the South Puget Sound area your permanent home, do not hesitate to contact me, Lori Lewandowski, to explore your options! With over 30 years of real estate experience, we can find you the four-season wonderland of your dreams! Call 253.617.5922 today or send me an email at lorilewandowski(at)gmail(dotted)com.