It’s a Snow Day! A Mom’s Guide to Activities



It’s a Snow Day!  Whether you are super bummed or super pumped…your kids might be looking for things to do.  Check out this list of activities to make your snow day into the best day! Fore even MORE ideas, check out our Rochester MN Guide to Winter Fun!


Create Snow Art

Fill spray bottles with water and food coloring and let the kids out into the epic snow piles we are sure to get on our snow day tomorrow!  They can create pictures, rainbows or add color to snowmen!

Snowman Contest

Send the kids out to build their most epic snowman and have categories for different awards…tallest, roundest, most creative, best dressed, etc!  Be creative and have fun!


If you are feeling up to going out and about (please heed any travel warnings and be safe!) there are two designated sledding hills in Rochester and one tubing hill at Ironwood Springs Ranch:

Judd Hill (3rd Street and 36th Avenue NW)

Schmidt Park ( 6300 block of 24th Avenue NW)

Tubing at Ironwood Springs 


The Park and Recreation Department maintains outdoor hockey and public skating rinks and warming sheds throughout the City.

Check out our Guide to Ice Skating for all the details!


Frozen Bubbles

If the temperature dips below 32 degrees, blow bubbles and watch them freeze to the wand!


Build this super fun fishing game!

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Homemade Play-Doh with Jello

This is a twist on traditional recipe and it smells nice too!

Build a Marshmallow Catapult

Have a contest to see who can make it the further; in the basket; near the cat; etc!

Feed the Birds
Gather whatever bird friendly food you have in the house (sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, oatmeal, cereal, crumbs, stale bread) and mix and mash it all together. Spread peanut butter on a pine cone and roll the pinecone in the mixture.


Keeping Mama Sane

Some of the moms on the Rochester Mom team have some *great* ideas for keeping your kids busy when they need to stay indoors.  Click the images to be directed to the posts!

Keeping Mama Sane-Indoor Play Ideas for Cold MN Days!


5 Everyday Items to Keep Your Kids Busy


Build a Fort

Pull out all the stops.  Gather up all the blankets, pillows and clothes pins in the house and let the kids go to town building their dream fort.  Get flashlights, books, games, etc for activities…consider making lunch to eat in the fort!


Zone out for a bit and let the kids color these beautiful coloring sheets…great for mamas too!

Make a Toy Parachute

Send your Lego figures for a ride!

Valentine’s Day Printables

Get a jump start on making or filling out all your Valentine’s Day cards by using this beautiful printable. ( *hint* can also be used as a print!)

Comfort Food

With weather like this, it’s easy to want to curl up with something warm and comforting. Check out these RMMB Favorites!

Cozy Chicken Noodle Soup

Classic MN Tater Tot Hot Dish

Homemade Macaroni and Cheese

Sweet n’ Sassy Chili


Easy Lemon Tart

You might be surprised that you have everything you need on hand to make this quick and easy dessert with the kids!

Hot Chocolate on a Stick

“Sometimes a cold winter day calls for a special treat. These hot chocolate treats are easy to make and will definitely warm someone’s heart as well as hands. They also make a great hostess or Valentine’s Day gift. There’s barely any cooking involved, so kids can make them on their own or with a little help.”

Mug Cake

Need a cake for just one…or two?  Mug cake to the rescue!  These cute little cakes are sure to please.

Cinnamon Vanilla Steamer

Nothing soothes and comforts like a warm beverage on a cold and blustery snow day.  Here’s a version for the kids!

And for Good Measure

We’re tough MN moms…which makes us unique and also makes us say weird things like this

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