The roads are icy and the snow is piling up, so put on your coziest sweater and plan for a day indoors.
Or better yet, get outside and play!
Impromptu parties with family or neighbor kids don't have to be fancy if the food is simple and the company is good.
- Pajama Party/Movie Night! This can be just for family or for neighborhood kids. Let them pick the movie--an old movie favorite (Toy Story, The Wizard of Oz) or something just released. Make popcorn and set up a hot chocolate bar where everyone can add marshmallows, chocolate sprinkles, and whipped cream to mugs of cocoa.
- Pizza Party! Have the kids make pizza dough (that should keep them occupied for a while), then let them customize their own pizzas.
- Pancake Party! Easy, inexpensive, and crowd-friendly. You probably have all the ingredients in your kitchen right now. Just set out all the toppings and let the kids get creative.
- VIDEO: Creamy Hot Cocoa
- VIDEO: Caramel Popcorn
- VIDEO: Easy Homemade Pizza Dough
- VIDEO: Good Old-Fashioned Pancakes
Ice Skating Pick-Me-Up
- Head out to the rink with thermoses of hot chocolate (kiddie and spiked adult versions).
- Bring lots of snacks, including brownies or biscotti to munch.
Winter Sports Supper
- Snowshoes, sleds, and cross-country skis let you frolic in the snow, but who has the energy to cook afterwards? Come home instead to these easy slow cooker favorites.
- VIDEO: Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings
- VIDEO: Slow Cooker Beef Pot Roast
- VIDEO: Slow Cooker Chili
- VIDEO: Slow Cooker Taco Soup
It's Snowing Somewhere
Not in the frostbelt? Create your own arctic blast with movies and cozy pursuits that let you pretend the world is your snow globe.
- Watch movies that splash snow across the screen: Snow Dogs, The Gold Rush, March of the Penguins, Groundhog Day, or any Warren Miller extreme winter sports DVD including Storm, Cold Fusion, and Ride.
- Read snow-themed stories to the kids such as Mr. Popper's Penguins, The Snowy Day, The Snow Queen, Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs, or The Snow Geese: A Story of Home.
- Buy some fake snow (such as SnoWonder) to pile on the dining table so kids can create wintry scenes with tree branches, play figurines, and miniature houses.
- Turn up the air conditioner and make some hot cider to drink while baking and decorating cookies with a winter theme.