It's too cold outside to do anything fun, but there is plenty of fun to be had at home! Check out our list of 15 things to do when it's too cold to go outside.

Winter Is Here and So Is the Cold

Winter is here and that means that sometimes it is just too cold to be outside no matter how inviting the idea of sledding your favorite hill or having a snowball fight with your family might be. With the current forecast, it's safe to say, that now is not the time to be outdoors for any period of time if it isn't absolutely necessary.

How Cold Is Too Cold to Play Outdoors?

According to Boys Town Pediatrics, there are three "zones" for outdoor play in winter weather,

  • Green zone. The safest temperature to go outside to play is 30 degrees or higher.
  • Yellow zone. Playing in temperatures between 20 to 30 degrees should be carefully watched by parents as the weather will affect body temperatures to cool quickly.
  • Red zone. Your child should not play outside in temperatures less than 20 degrees. Keep in mind the wind chill factor can cause the actual temperature outside to be much colder, especially if skin is not properly covered.
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Too Cold for Adults Too

Those warning zones don't just apply to children either. The cold can be downright dangerous for adults too. Especially when you factor in wind chill.

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What Do We Do If It's Too Cold to Go Outside?

So if it is too cold to go outside, what are we supposed to do to keep from getting cabin fever in the middle of winter? I've put some thought into that very question and have come up with a list of fifteen boredom busters to help you keep yourself occupied inside where it's warm while it's freeze-your-eyelids-closed cold outside - Ok, that may be a bit of an exaggeration but seriously, it is way too cold to be trying to spend any time outside in the elements. Check out our list below of 15 things to do when it's too cold to go outside.

15 Things to Do When It's Too Cold to Go Outside

Winter weather is inevitable. Most days, we still have to leave the comforts of home to venture out into the world, but occasionally, there are days when it is just too darn cold to go outside. The next time you find yourself stuck inside because it's too cold to leave the house, check out these fifteen ideas to help pass the time.

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