When the temperature plummets, you need to keep the whole family from going stir crazy! From fun indoor winter activities for families to keep kids busy, to help with home projects you’ve meant to tackle for ages, Cochrane has something for everyone.
For the movers and shakers in your family
Some kids just need to move! If the weather prevents spending much time outside, you may need an indoor idea to encourage the whole family to keep active. There are still lots of fun things to do in Cochrane in winter, even when it’s freezing.
SLS Centre has a full roster of aquatic, fitness, and other activities for all ages. Challenge your kids to swim, splash, lift, flex, or climb until they tire themselves out!
Creative outlets abound
There are many ways to keep busy that don’t involve sports and fitness. You may have a kid who would love to keep their hands busy with fun and engaging activity stations at The Messy Moose Kids Art and Sensory Studio.
If you’re a resident of Cochrane, Alberta, library cards for all family members are a must! The Cochrane Public Library has a generous collection of books, movies, CDs, games, and puzzles, as well as a makerspace corner. You may also find events or drop-in programs that spark interest.
Revisit local favourites
Are there a few local spots you’ve been meaning to visit more often? A day where you’re looking for indoor winter activities for families can also include slowing down and enjoying our lovely town!
A trip to FOUND Books & Shop could find you a charming new read, plus some time by a warm fire and a warm treat.
Charm your kids with a visit to Horse Creek Heritage Candy & Gifts to pick out an old-fashioned sweet treat, or pop in for a relaxed wander through.
The Social Spot Marketplace to check out locally crafted and created items year-round.
Cold-weather ideas for parents
Found a drop-off program or activity perfect for the kids? Great! Grab a coffee and delicious treat from the Vine Coffee Co. and brainstorm your next home project or room refresh. A cold snap can be an excellent time to spend a few hours making the spaces in your home work for you.
Stop by Cochrane Floors & More to chat with their in-house designers and get clarity on your next reno project…
or spend an hour browsing Cochrane Home Treasures for that perfect item to add a personal touch to your decor.
You can even donate home items or reno materials to Home Reno Heaven to help others in the community.
Bonus tips when choosing indoor winter activities for families
- Try to take everyone’s interests and energy levels into account. You may have some family members who want to go, go, go, while others will want to curl up with a good book or new family game. (This is where that Cochrane, Alberta library treasure trove can add variety).
- Keep a running list of ideas so you’re prepared when the cold weather strikes. Kids often just want to know there’s a plan or a new idea to explore, and it’s great for them to learn there are fun indoor and outdoor things to do in Cochrane in winter.
- Embracing the opportunity to enjoy cold-weather treats like hot chocolate or cozying up to a fireplace can help your whole family not dread the cold.