Stage Your Own Winter Olympics at Home

Snow Fight
source: barnabywasson

I take it that in most parts of the country, the snow is getting really, really old. We had some last week, about three inches, which for Tennessee is EVERYONE STUCK INSIDE OH NOOOOOO worthy. My daughter’s preschool was closed, the school where my husband teaches was closed, and we were as stir-crazy as mice in a maze.

If you’re still buried under snow, you have my condolences. And maybe your kids are already tired of playing in it. But if not – or if a few new ideas might get them back out there – this would be a great week to have a mini Winter Olympics for your family.

Start It Up

Bake some gold medal cookies for prizes, announce the times to the household, and even consider having an Opening Ceremony. Everyone can wear their most patriotic outfit; the winner can choose which event is first.

Let The Games Begin

Here are some ideas for potential events.

  • Snowball Shotput – Make a row of evenly sized snowballs. See who can throw theirs the farthest or closest to a certain target.
  • Snow Hurdles – Make 5-8 basketball-sized mounds of snow. Participants must jump over each one without disturbing the snow. Fastest time wins.  (Idea from Spoonful.)
  • Snow Sculptures – Everyone gets 10 minutes to come up with the most elaborate or realistic snow sculpture. Get a neighbor to judge.
  • Tic Tac Snow – Draw a grid in the snow and play tic-tac-toe with twigs for x’s and pine cones for o’s. (Idea from Parents.)
  • Luge – Dig out your inner tubes from the summer stuff and use them to ride down a good hill.
  • Snow Dancing – Get creative! Points for best costume, jump, or musical interpretation.

Closing Ceremonies

Award medals and treat everyone to a hot chocolate bar or a hot meal from the slow cooker. Don’t forget to take pictures as you go along!

Let us know in the comments if you have any more fun event ideas!!


  1. Oh man, love this! Wish our snow wasn’t melted already.

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