Five Indoor Activities for the Freezing Cold

By Kate Shea
Distinguished Young Woman of Montana for 2013

I don’t know if you’ve heard lately, but the United States is experiencing record low temperatures across the nation. Luckily for you, here in Montana we were hitting twenty-five below way back before Christmas. So, for those of you less accustomed to the arctic tundra treatment, here are a few ideas for how to have fun (and stay warm) while the weather outside is frightful:

  1. Watch Love Actually for the umpteenth time. Technically this one would work with any movie (if you’re going to be snowed in for an extended amount of time a Lord of the Rings marathon is always fun), but there is hardly a movie with more feel-good cheer than Love Actually. While it is true that Christmas is over, as long as it looks like a winter wonderland outside you can pretend inside.
  2. Build a blanket fort. As a little throwback to when you were a kid, try and recapture some of that childish joy by taking every blanket, pillow, and furniture cushion in your house out into the living room to make a veritable blanket fort metropolis. If you want to make a night of it, drag your sleeping bags in with you and have a sleepover. Also, as a note, architecturally speaking, couch cushions make wonderful walls while blankets should be reserved for the ceilings of your blanket fort.
  3. Cuddle with the Pets. This may be a bit difficult for those of you who are sadly animal-less this winter, but stuffed animals make a nice if slightly less lively alternative. As for those of you who have dogs, cats, or some other form of furry friend there is no better time to break the pets-on-furniture rule than when you are freezing cold and in need of making a makeshift blanket out of your nearest man’s best friend due to having used all of your actual blankets to build a giant blanket fort. It should be noted however that if you have a cold-blooded pet like say a snake, this will do you very little good. Also, anyone who walks in on you curled up on the couch watching Love Actually with a snake will likely give you some very suspicious looks.
  4. Game Night! Here’s one that’s fun for the whole family. In fact, it can’t actually be done without a few other participants unless you’re one of those genius prodigies who plays chess by themselves. Instead of chess, consider breaking out some old standards like Apples to Apples, Clue, or Life! But beware, if you break out Monopoly you will likely end up with a family feud and an upended board. There are no family ties when it comes to the cutthroat business world of Monopoly.
  5.  Dance Party. This is actually a good one in any weather, but it’s an especially helpful suggestion to get some warm blood pumping in the midst of the cold. Put on some of your favorite dance music and dance like nobody’s watching! If you really want to get into it sing along as well. I can tell you from experience that the new Frozen album makes an excellent sing-a-long and dance-a-long, especially if you’ve got a little sister to share the duets with like I have.

Well there you have it, a Montanan approved list of fun indoor activities for the not-so-fun weather. As a bonus, I can also recommend hot chocolate, Netflix bingeing, and cookie baking, but the thing all of these activities have in common is that they are much more fun when done with family. So take advantage of the cold weather to spend some time with those closest to you.  After all you’re going to be snowed in with them anyways.

Kate Shea is a college freshman at the University of Montana in Missoula, Montana majoring in Journalism. Originally from Helena, Montana, Kate was a participant in the Distinguished Young Women program and was selected as the Distinguished Young Woman of Montana for 2013. Learn more about Kate here!

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