13 Things to Do When It’s Cold Outside!

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Brrr! It’s cold out there! Some folks like to enjoy the season by embracing the cold and snow, while others prefer to stay bundled up indoors until spring comes.

 

Whichever type of Michigander you are, there are plenty of great things to do in Greater Flint! We’ve got a list of 13 activities for a cold, winter day. So, put on your warmest winter gear and get ready for some fun! Or, if you prefer to stay warm and cozy inside, grab a blanket, sit by a roaring fire and enjoy one of our fun indoor activities.

The Great Outdoors

Sledding

Take a thrilling ride down a snowy hill! You’ll find great sledding at Toboggan Hill (experts only), Davison Roadside County Park, Linden County Park, Creasey Bicentennial Park, Barber Memorial Park, Clio Sledding Hill and St. John School in Fenton, to name a few.

Build a Snowman

You don’t need to go any further than your own backyard to have a little winter fun. Bundle up the kids and go outside to see who can build the best snowman. Tie a colorful scarf around Jack Frost’s neck, top his head with a hat, use charcoal or rocks to make a face and create arms with fallen branches! After all the hard work, be sure to warm up with a cup of hot cocoa.

Take a Winter Hike

Genesee County Parks is the place to go for a winter walk in the woods – the parks offer a variety of walking trails all around Genesee County. Explore For-Mar Nature Preserve & Arboretum and you will find winter critters that make For-Mar their year-round home.

Hit the Slopes

Nestled in Groveland Township, there’s no other ski area quite like Mt. Holly Ski & Snowboard Resort. The storied facility offers seven chairlifts including Southeastern Michigan’s only high-speed detachable quad, four rope tows and two SunKid Wonder Carpets.

Go Ice Skating

There are several places in Greater Flint to skate, both indoor and outdoor. The UM-Flint Ice Rink and Physician’s Park in Grand Blanc are great for outdoor skating. In Flushing, Riverview Park has an expansive ice rink, perfect for playing hockey or having a family day. For indoor skating, bring the kids to Flint Iceland Arena or Crystal Fieldhouse in Burton.

Cross-Country Skiing

You can enjoy a cold and sunny day and get a good workout with this winter sport. Richfield County Park in Davison, Flushing County Parks and Linden County Parks have beautiful cross-country skiing trails.

The Great Indoors

Visit the Flint Children’s Museum

This is an educational activity enjoyed by the young and old, alike. The museum’s mission is to inspire a love for learning and awaken imagination through exploration and hands-on play.

Spend a Day at the Library

It’s about much more than just reading a book – a library offers all kinds of activities for kids, writing workshops and fun for the entire family! Visit your local library, find a book, participate in an activity and let your imagination run wild!

Go Roller Skating

Skate around (and burn some calories) to the beat of pulsating music and lights. Embrace your inner-child at a roller-skating arena in your area. Families enjoy roller-skating, laser tag and a giant, soft play area at Rollhaven Skating Center in Grand Blanc Township.

Grab the Board Games

A snowstorm might be raging outside, but it’s warm and cozy in your kitchen! Head for the closet and pull out those board games collecting dust on the top shelf. Gather the family around the table and enjoy an exciting game of Monopoly, Clue or Scrabble for hours and hours of fun.

Host a Video Game Tournament

Invite your gaming friends to your house for a day of exciting competition. Make sure you have a comfortable seat for everyone, provide lots of drinks and snacks, and let the gaming begin. Be sure to take a break and order a pizza!

Make S’mores & Hot Cocoa

When it’s snowing outside, there is nothing more comforting than sipping a frothy, hot cup of cocoa. Bring the memory of summer nights around the camp fire indoors and make a batch of s’mores! Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Place a layer of graham crackers on a baking sheet, top with chocolate pieces and fluffy marshmallows. Bake until the marshmallows are golden brown and puffy, about 3 to 5 minutes. Top with another graham cracker and dig in!

Movie Marathon

So, the snowstorm has cancelled school for tomorrow and the kids are dancing around with joy – it’s a perfect time for an all-night movie marathon! Pop some popcorn, bring out the blankets and the pillows and pick out some movies. You can watch entire series: Star Trek, The Matrix Trilogy, The Fast and The Furious, Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter. For a night of comedy, watch Hangover, The Scary movies or American Pie. The kids will enjoy watching Ice Age, Shrek or Madagascar. Want to be scared? Watch the Jaws series or Nightmare on Elm Street. Whichever genre you choose, you’ll be guaranteed hours of entertainment.

Let it snow!

 

 

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