Activities for Teens to do on Snow Days

Several years ago, when weathermen warned of approaching snow events, kids of all ages got excited. Snow days appealed to all of the students, and even some of the teachers hoped for a day away from the rigors of the classroom. Often times, the people least prepared for a snow day was the parents. Moms and Dads struggled to come up with ideas to keep their kids busy, especially teenagers. Implementing some of these ideas might help pass the time away and keep teens from moaning and groaning, “I’m bored.”


Our culture’s pushing for kids to get off the couch and to be more active, but if the day’s bitterly cold and slick, a snow day provides the perfect opportunity to watch movies that have been on your “to watch list.” Most families own shelves of DVD’s. Choose several from this selection. If the weatherman predicts an inevitable storm in the overnight hours, visit a Red Box in advance, selecting newer release movies to wait out the winter storm. Many households own devices capable of delivering a “Netflix Movie” into the home.  Once a movie is selected, curl up on the couch with a bowl of popcorn and the let the movie marathon begin.

Service projects

Many neighborhoods serve as home to senior adults who need extra help especially when bad weather comes. Seniors appreciate a shoveled walk and driveway or at least a well cleared path to the mailbox. This unscheduled time at home also offers time for baking. Mix up a few dozen cookies and deliver them to neighbors nearby. Those living alone appreciate the treat and the visit that breaks up the monotony of being confined to the house.


We live in an era of video games. Many homes own Wii game systems. Take the time to set up a competition on Wii fit, or encourage the teen to choose a game that a sibling likes and enjoy the time sitting shoulder to shoulder as they compete. Even parents occasionally like the time to play head to head games that remind them of their own childhood days.

Outdoor activities

If the weather allows, encourage the teenager to get outdoors, build a snow fort or a creative snowman.  If other teens live in the neighborhood, urge your teen to call them up and invite them over.  Parents can videotape efforts to build a snowman or a wild snowball fight.  When the group’s tuckered out, invite them in for hot chocolate and to watch the antics just played out in the front or backyard.  If the other families consent, the video could even be shared online for the other parents to view.

A snow day doesn’t need to be a boring day. Just toss out some ideas to the teenager and he or she will soon find out that it’s not that lame to be snowed in at home after all.