Guide to 8 Family-Friendly Things to Do This Winter in Columbus

Family Friendly, Seasonal, Things to Do


Written by Step Out Columbus

Published on December 13, 2023

If you personally are not the biggest fan of Winter, consider taking this season as a chance to live vicariously through your children as they’re filled with wonder at the first sight of snow. Let your heart melt a little and tap into your younger self to make the absolute most of these cold months! Snowflakes, snow angels, hot chocolate, cozy movie nights… come on. Make some core memories as a family this year, and who knows – maybe dislike winter a little less 😉

Remember, warm weather is on the horizon – but for now, let it snow!

Here’s 8 awesome family-friendly activities to enjoy as a family this Winter in Columbus!

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1. Make Snow Angels

How long has it been since you’ve made a snow angel? Whether it be in your own backyard – or in one of Columbus’ metro parks, laugh and make a lasting memory with your kiddos.

2. Go Ice Skating

Lace up your skates and bring some knee pads (for you and the kids, let’s be real)! Ice skate at Riverside Crossing Ice Skating Rink for an outdoor experience, or OhioHealth Chiller at Easton for indoor!

3. Go Sledding

Pack up your sleds (or trash can lids) and make your way to Whetstone Park, Antrim Park, or Schiller Park for a day filled with sledding and laughs!

4. Sip on Hot Chocolate

Whether you make it at home from scratch, use a mix, or order one with a giant peppermint marshmallow at Fox in The Snow – you really can’t go wrong with hot cocoa!

5. See a Theatre Show

Head to the Ohio Theatre for a show with the whole fam!

6. Snowy Hike or Walk

Time to raid to coat closet, grab the gloves, hats, scarves, and hand-warmers for a snowy walk at Scioto Mile, or a hike at Walnut Woods Metro Park! Check out these hikes near Columbus!

7. Scene 75

Escape the cold and head inside for some indoor go-karts, laser tag, arcade games and more fun at Scene 75!

8. S’mores & Movie at Home

Sometimes, the best memories are made right at home. Make some s’mores, get into your fuzziest pjs, and watch a movie!

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