February 10th, 2010
06:12 PM ET

10 fun and unusual ways to pass a snow day

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/WORLD/europe/02/02/europe.snow/art.london.kensington.giant.snowball.gi.jpg caption="The snow storm brings out the fun in the best of us."]

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So, you have a snow day – a whole blissful day off from work to spend any way you see fit. It may be tempting to waste the afternoon on the couch watching Law & Order reruns. But the more adventurous of you might want to use the wintry weather as an excuse to dust off your sleds (read: trash can lids) or bring out your shovel to build an igloo. Here are some fun, unusual ways to spend your snow day:

1. Shoot the snow! With a camera, that is. Embrace your inner nature photographer, and submit your photos to CNN.

2. Why stop at a snowman when you can build an igloo in your backyard? All you'll need is a saw, spade and plank of wood. Or, try a snow castle – like a sand castle, but without the beach, sun, and summer weather...

3. Trust chef Paula Deen to have a recipe for snow ice cream. Make good use of the fresh snowfall in your backyard!

4. Follow the lead of Washington's workers and schedule an all-out neighborhood snowball fight. Separate into teams and play ball! Snowball, that is. And don’t hog the fun – take your dogs with you and let them run wild in the snow.

5. If your kids are stuck home from school, don't just plop them in front of the TV or computer. Let them unleash their artistic side using the snow as their canvas, with some easy homemade paint.

Or, if it's too cold to even venture outdoors, here are some fun ways to avoid cabin fever:

6. Try making domestic doyenne Martha Stewart's homemade hot chocolate. If you're old enough, make it Irish.

7. Finally get around to starting that blog you've been planning since 2004. Or, help your child start one – use 13-year-old fashion blogger Tavi Gevinson's celebrated blog as inspiration.

8. Gone are the days of Monopoly and Scrabble as games of choice for kids stuck inside on a snowy day. Here are some child-friendly iPhone apps for tech-savvy little ones.

9. Read a novel – yes, an actual book with paper pages that you turn by hand – before the iPad renders them extinct. Or, download or rent an audiobook online.

10. If you must play online games, make it for a good cause. Zynga, the developer behind popular games like FarmVille, has set up a fund to support those affected by the Haiti earthquake.

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soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Michelle

    Great ideas. Thanks for the links to the pages.
    I want to try the snow ice cream but not sure if
    I will eat it.

    February 10, 2010 at 9:43 pm |
  2. Renee

    Awesome ideas! It figures that this is one storm totally missing Central New York. Hoping everyone stays safe and cozy til the spring thaw

    February 10, 2010 at 8:58 pm |
  3. Benigna Marko

    Listen I can tell you for a fact, after 10 days of snow and cold, you don't want to find any fun things to do. Our last trip was just so cold that we can't decide if we will return anytime soon. Burrrrrrrrrrrrrrr does not even begin to describe the cold that gets in your bones. Way too cold and way too long. Fun things, staying home, hot chocolate, eating chocolate and hoping the sun will come out tomorrow. That is fun.
    Benigna Marko

    February 10, 2010 at 8:36 pm |
  4. Mary Angela

    Thanks...great ideas...

    February 10, 2010 at 6:37 pm |
  5. tj

    Try ice fishing!

    February 10, 2010 at 6:31 pm |
  6. Janet Griffin

    Thanks for adding #9!! God knows how long paper books will be around before those darned e-readers take over!!

    February 10, 2010 at 6:30 pm |
  7. Patricia From South Dakota

    Don't forget the joys of making snow angels!

    February 10, 2010 at 6:24 pm |