It's easy to get cabin fever during the winter months. It's cold outside and sometimes it's just easier to stay bundled up indoors! But, there are so many fun things to do during the winter if you are braving enough to bare the cold temperatures. In fact some of my favorite things to do with my family take place during the winter months.
Frugal Winter Family Fun
Build a Snowman: No matter what age you are, you can enjoy making a snowman. Making a snowman is a fun way to get the family outdoors and active without spending any money! If you have snow then you can make a snowman all while keeping the bank account very happy! You can even make a snowman kit to keep handy for snow days.
Go sledding: Sledding is an activity that kids simply adore. In fact, I think just about every age group enjoys going sledding. There is no need to go out and buy a fancy sled. Stores like K-Mart, Walmart, and Target have plastic sleds for under $10. Taking the family sledding is a terrific way to have some frugal winter family fun.
Go on a hike: Most people associate hiking with the warm months, but going on a winter hike can be just as enjoyable. Make sure to dress in layers and hike on trails your family is familiar with. Make sure to bring plenty of food and water with you on your hike. If your family enjoys hiking during the warmer months then they will love a winter hike. Hiking during the winter offers you a whole new scenery.
Make snow ice cream: Making snow ice cream is such a great way to have fun during the winter months. The best part about snow ice cream is it tastes amazing and it's very cheap to make! To make snow ice cream you need 8 cups of clean snow, 1 can of sweetened condensed milk and a teaspoon of vanilla. Add everything to a bowl, mix until thoroughly combined, and enjoy! I suggest making the snow ice cream in a stainless steel bowl as it keeps cold longer.
Go ice skating: A fun way to get the whole family out and having some fun is by going ice skating. In most areas ice skating is a very affordable family activity. Typically, it will cost you between $3 and $8 per person to rent a pair of ice skates for a few hours. If your family hasn't tried ice skating this might be the year to do just that.
Build a fort: Sometimes no matter how bad we want to get outdoors it's just to cold! When you are stuck indoors and the kids are bored try making a fort. Grab lots of blankets, boxes, and anything else you can find and get creative. Your kids will have a blast making a fort and it will probably bring back some childhood memories for you.
Have a winter Olympics: When the family is getting restless and cabin fever is setting in, try setting up a winter Olympics. Think about all the different games you can play in the snow and turn it into a family friendly competition. You can have a snowman making competition, sledding races, a snowball fight, and much more! The most important part is that the family is having fun! Here are more ideas for Winter Olympic Activities for Kids.
What is your favorite frugal winter activity?