101 Things to Do This Winter

It’s no secret that this will be a long winter. Between the cold weather keeping us inside to COVID restrictions and safety considerations, the months ahead will no doubt be challenging.

We have compiled a list of 101 ideas for taking advantage of this time. Learn new things, play games, make all the things, and take care of each other. You can do this – there is a light at the end of this tunnel.

1. Create a string obstacle course.
2. Celebrate Inauguration Day with kids with this list of food, activities and trivia questions.
3. Get a chance of scenery and go on a COVID-Conscious day trip.
4. Check out AR Workshop’s DIY To-Go At Home Kits.
5. Bundle up or catch a warmer day to check out Kansas City’s family friendly hiking trails.
6. Make snow ice cream.
7. Reserve a time to go play at the new Wonderscope Children’s Museum.Wonderscope Children's Museum
8. Grab a can of shaving cream, throw the kids in the bathtub and let them go crazy.
9. Celebrate National Hot Chocolate Day on January 31 with one of KC’s best treats.
10. Make an edible bird feeder.
11. Explore a new topic with Outschool.
12. Craft it up for Valentine’s Day with kits from Crafting Brighter Futures.
13. Sign up for the 2021 Reading Challenge with Bliss Books & Wine.
14. Enroll in a virtual workshop or school’s out workshop with Wee Create Art Studio.
15. Create your own Lego challenges.
16. Get fancy and make a hot chocolate bar.
17. Have a date night with your honey with some of the best board games for two players.
18. Play with the snow sensory bin or other themed fun from Purpose Play.
19. Find your zen with Cosmic Kids Yoga sessions on YouTube.
20. Take advantage of winter sales and stock up on sizes for next year.
21. Find a new favorite sledding spot in KC!
22. Start planning a girls trip to enjoy when all this is over!
23. Imagine with scented dough kits from from Lemon Squeezy.
24. Lace up your skates for a visit to the Northland Ice Rink at Zona Rosa.
25. Stop by customer service at Crown Center to pick up an art packet courtesy of Kaleidoscope.
26. Watch Soul on Disney+27.
28. Make snowman pancakes.
29. Explore the National Postal Museum with online activities, games and quizzes.
30. Start a family gratitude journal.
31. Camp out in the living room and make s’mores in the microwave.
32. Learn about Harvester’s mission and donate groceries together.
33. Make Red Velvet Hot Chocolate.

34. Skate (reservations required) at the iconic Crown Center Ice Terrace thru March 7.
35. Use your I Spy skills with scavenger hunts from the National Park Service.
36. Perfect a new cooking skill with Airbnb Experiences.
37. Create a virtual playdate with the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art.
38. Catch up on the thank you notes you meant to write.
39. Find new games to play virtually with the Houseparty app.
40. View the online exhibits at KC’s Money Museum.
41. Learn to make your own pie crust.
42. Keep your pajamas on all day and have a no screen limits day.
43. Clean your closets and donate your items to these KC organizations.
44. Explore the online exhibits at National WWI Museum.
45. Sign up for a cooking class (or at home kit) with TasteBuds Kitchen.
46. Make a homemade snow globe.
47. Explore the Nelson-Atkins from home or reserve your tickets online.
48. Spend in afternoon at Creative Culture with DIY crafts and fancy milkshakes.
49. Learn about the news with age appropriate articles (K-6) with TIME for Kids.
50. Make a pinecone wreath for your front door.
51. Get some mama time with Yoga for Adriene.
52. Visit the cute walkup window at Donutology and design your own mini donut.
53. Score some art supplies at ScrapsKC.
54. Learn about segregation in Kansas City with the Dividing Lines tour.
55. Read one of these children’s books that include characters of color.
56. Start geocaching.
57. Celebrate Groundhog Day on February 2 by learning about Punxsutawney Phil.
58. Bake a cake for Kansas’ birthday on January 29 and explore state facts.
59. Find a kid cart class at Orange Easel School of Art.
60. Go on a winter nature walk.

61. Learn about Chinese New Year on February 12.
62. Catch an online story time with the Kansas City Public Library.
63. Let your kids paint those Amazon boxes and create cardboard train cars.
64. Leave a note for you mail carrier for Thank a Mailman Day on February 4.
65. Dance away to Mr. Stinky Feet with one of his virtual concerts.
66. Make frozen bubbles.
67. Celebrate the 50th anniversary of There’s a Monster at the End of This Book with the Olathe Library on January 21.
68. Keep an eye on your favorite Kansas City Zoo residents with animal cams.
69. Honor Black History Month with these this list of 20 books for kids.
70. Use painter’s tape on your floor to create roads for your Hot Wheels.
71. Sign up for the Affirmation Project’s postcard project.
72. Produce a family talent show.
73. Make your own soft pretzels.
74. Buy Table Topics conversation cards to spice up your dinner convo.
75. Have a date night at home with a winter cocktail.
76. Try on your summer wardrobes and make a shopping list.
77. Go on a wild goose chase with the Mid-Continent Library in January.
78. Give yourself a night off and hit up one of KC’s best drive thru options.
79. Perfect your chili recipe.
80. Challenge yourself with this list of 200+ Minute to Win It Games.
81. Build a blanket fort.
82. Learn to cut your boys’ hair.
83. Make a car wash: a tub of soap, an old toothbrush for scrubbing and a rinsing tub can be hours of fun as you clean all the Hot Wheels.
84. Create your own Dude Perfect challenges.
85. Pretend it’s summer and check out a new ice cream spot.
86. Spend an afternoon thrifting.
87. Make a popsicle stick hot coca mug.
88. View the Northern Lights with cameras in Iceland, Norway and Alaska.
89. Paint with ice.
90. Make an egg carton penguin.
91. Ride the KC Streetcar.
92. Make a winter bucket list.
93. Use ballet steps to tell the story of Frozen.
94. Take a bath in the middle of the afternoon.
95. Look up a famous painting and try to recreate it with crayons or paint.
96. Explore the virtual programs offered by the National Civil Rights Museum.
97. Get outside, even when you don’t want to.
98. Make a fingerprint love tree for the grandparent valentines.
99. Take care of your mental health.
100. Do an ice cube experiment.
101. Make (and eat) cinnamon sugar snowflakes.

Sarah is mama to 9-year-old, Henry, 6-year-old Clark and 4-year-old Lucy. After growing up in Manhattan, Kansas (Go Cats!), she moved to Minnesota where she met her husband, Shea. Realizing how much she hated snow in May, she convinced him to move to Kansas City in 2010. Together they have lived in Midtown, Waldo, the Plaza before migrating to Johnson County. Sarah has her master’s in urban administration and is currently in the Kansas City Centurions program. In between the crazy, she likes to drink coffee, run, travel (but never to the same place twice), and experience all things Kansas City!