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Winter Bucket List – Free Family Fun Printable

Winter bucket list - Almost 100 ideas for kids, teens, families, and adults! Includes crafts, recipes, and lots of fun activities. Free printable.

Many years ago, I made a summer bucket list for like five years in a row, except I never ever called it a bucket list. But it was the same thing. This year, I decided to make one for all the seasons starting with winter.

As a full-time working mom and a mom blogger, I have to be really intentional about spending time with my kids. If I’m not intentional, our days and weeks would slip by, and I wouldn’t have spent any real time with them.

I mean, we’re in the same house, maybe even in the same room, but I’m writing on my blog or talking to their dad or working at my job, and they’re watching tv or playing Legos or Barbies or something else. On their own.

If I’m not careful, my kids and I can lead these parallel lives, and I don’t take the opportunity to pour into their lives at all. Like I said, I have to be intentional about it.

Hence the need for a bucket list for every season of the year. We can choose from the items on the list when we have little pockets of time or as opportunities come up. It will give us a base, a starting point from which to make our time together fun and rewarding.

As an aside, I am super intentional about scheduling fun. I make sure we do something fun together, all four of us, every single week, no matter what. (Well, unless they go on a weekend trip. Then I plan something fun for just me and Joe.) I have it written into my planner, I save money for it out of every paycheck, and I always make it happen.

I have read studies that say children make incredible memories on vacation. We do take vacations, usually one big one per year with a couple of weekends away.

But what if we can build those incredible memories in little bites sprinkled all throughout the year? Would that not add up in their little memory banks to a childhood well spent? I sure hope so.

This year, I made a Winter Bucket List for the four of us. Here’s what’s on it:

Time bound items:

  1. DISNEY CRUISE (Okay, probably not on your list for the winter and not on the printable, but definitely on ours!)
  2. Complete our Jesse Tree devotional
  3. Go to Hersheypark Christmas Candylane
  4. Drink hot chocolate
  5. Read a book together every day (101 Christmas Books 101 Picture Books 101 Chapter Books)
  6. Get some Christmas books from the library
  7. Drive around looking at Christmas lights
  8. See a musical or play (We’re going to the Nutcracker in a couple of weeks!)
  9. Decorate the Christmas tree
  10. Listen to Christmas music
  11. Make ornaments for the girls’ bedroom tree
  12. Give a secret gift
  13. Make a gingerbread house (Full disclosure – We buy a kit and hot glue the house together. The icing never works right and just makes everyone grumpy. The girls love to decorate after the house has been hot glued together.)
  14. Have a living room dance party
  15. Have a no screens day
  16. Take a photo with Santa
  17. Sit on Santa’s lap
  18. Write letters to Santa
  19. Have a Christmas gift wrapping party (just the four of us)
  20. Fulfill an Angel Tree request
  21. Read Luke Chapter 2
  22. Pack an Operation Christmas Child shoebox
  23. Have a living room picnic under the Christmas tree
  24. Make a handmade gift
  25. Watch How the Grinch Stole Christmas (the animated one)
  26. Make a wreath for the front door
  27. Eat a candy cane
  28. Leave your mail carrier & delivery people a special treat
  29. Set up our nativity
  30. Walk through Christmas Magic (I didn’t put this on the printable since it’s local to the Harrisburg, PA area, but if you are local, GO!)
  31. Hang up Christmas lights
  32. Drink eggnog

  33. Give away some stuff to charity (toys, clothes, books)
  34. Make and spread reindeer food
  35. Leave out cookies & milk for Santa
  36. Write thank you notes for Christmas gifts
  37. Have a living room picnic for New Year’s Eve while watching The Sound of Music (This is our tradition, and the girls LOVE IT.)
  38. Eat pork & sauerkraut on New Year’s Day
  39. Set family goals for the new year
  40. Watch the Puppy Bowl on Super Bowl Sunday
  41. Watch Punxsutawney Phil on YouTube
  42. Watch the Winter Olympics
  43. Make DIY Valentine gifts
  44. Have an all red meal
  45. Make heart-shaped pancakes

All winter items:

  1. Build a snowman
  2. Make snowman pancakes
  3. Have a snowball fight
  4. Go for a walk every day the wind chill is above 10º F
  5. Develop an indoor exercise routine for when the wind chill is below 10º F
  6. Go sledding
  7. Spend an entire day in our pajamas
  8. Go ice skating
  9. Bake cookies
  10. Spend a very cold day watching movies with popcorn made on the stove
  11. Volunteer together
  12. Visit a museum
  13. Try a new restaurant
  14. Get up early and go to breakfast (hopefully with Pappy like I used to do years ago)
  15. Take a walk in the snow
  16. Plan a weekend getaway
  17. Have a family game night
  18. Catch snowflakes on our tongues
  19. Write a handwritten note to a friend
  20. Look at old photos
  21. Make a blanket fort
  22. Do a random act of kindness
  23. Make coffee filter snowflakes
  24. Make homemade marshmallows
  25. Build a snow fort
  26. Make orange pomanders like Grandma used to make
  27. Make snow angels
  28. Make snow candy like Mary & Laura did
  29. Go to Cracker Barrel and eat by the fire
  30. Make a big pot of cheeseburger soup
  31. Have a bubble bath
  32. Feed the birds
  33. Measure the first big snow every hour
  34. Swim in an indoor pool
  35. Bundle up & take a carriage ride
  36. Have a poetry tea party
  37. Go to a paint your own pottery studio
  38. See a hockey game

Download the free Winter Bucket List printable below.


Winter bucket list - Almost 100 ideas for kids, teens, families, and adults! Includes crafts, recipes, and lots of fun activities. Free printable.


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