It’s almost time for winter break. The kids will be off school soon and to avoid going crazy, you need to plan fun activities. To keep with the wealth building theme, check out these ideas for affordable winter fun.
Low Cost Winter Fun:
With the cold weather upon us there are lots of fun winter activities. And for those in the warmer climates, we’ve got tips for you as well. Put the ideas in a jar, and let the kids pick. No kids? No worries, these activities are great for grown ups too.
- Family sledding at a golf course. There is nothing more fun than sledding with the kids and playing in the snow. No kids? Go with a friend or partner.
- Build a snow man or girl. You can send the kids out in the yard (where you can see them) and watch them build in the snow.
- Make snow ice cream.
- Bundle up and go for a hike in the town or in the country.
- Baking is a cheap and fun family activity. Make cookies, cakes, and candy for the family and to give as gifts. If you’re feeling ambitious, try your hand at a gingerbread house.
- Visit the Dollar Stores for craft supplies. Paint, build, draw and create.
- Build an inside fort in the living room and go camping at home. Cook marshmallows in a toaster oven.
- Make an indoor scavenger hunt. Hide little prizes around the house and write out clues for the little ones to follow.
- Go bowling. Look for coupons and treat the family to a day at the lanes.
- Do a pet experiment. Observe your pet, and write out the findings. Or teach your dog a new trick.
- Have a family charity day and serve meals at the food bank or help at a Habitat for Humanity build.
- Rent old holiday movies to get in the holiday spirit.
- Take a drive to a nearby town. Go without an agenda and explore. Or better yet, save fuel and take a train or bus.
- Make a time capsule of things that are important to you now. Put in items that remind you of now; photos, small mementos, stories, newspaper or internet news from today. Label the capsule and hide it away in storage, to be looked at in the future. No capsule? Use a box and decorate it.
- Write a family story together, type it up, make a cover page, and have it bound at the local UPS or Fedex Kinko’s.
- Play board games or do puzzles. Learn a new game. Play charades.
- Sew by hand or machine. Make a pillow, a stuffed toy, or a bag. Visit the remnants table at your local sewing store for cheap fabric.
- Buy some paint and decorate old vases, boxes, or anything laying around the house. Paint several items the same color for big impact.
- Have a no technology day! Put the gadgets, computers, television away and write, read, walk, play, sing, and create.
- Do exercise videos together as a family.
- Have a wii or xbox? Have a tournament, keep score, and give awards to the winners.
- Go to the park; play basketball, football, frisbee, or soccer in the park.
- Put on some rockin’ music and have a family dance hour. Have fun and get fit!
- Grab some branches, leaves, a vase, cardboard, paint, and a glue gun. Create some winter crafts.
- Go on a treasure hunt in the attic or basement. See what you find. When you uncover unused stuff, donate it to a local charity
- Visit Pinterest for inspiration and ideas.
- Take a neighborhood night walk to enjoy the holiday lights and decorations.
- Host a holiday pot luck party and gift exchange.
More Holiday Reading
- The College Investor-10 Ways to Make the Most of Thanksgiving
- Consumerism Commentary-The Black Friday Hoax
- Squirrelers-Here’s How I’m Going to Get the Best Black Friday Savings Experience
- Retire by Forty-6 Ways to Save Your Sanity (and Money) on Black Friday
- My Personal Finance Journey-Best Ways to Save Money During the Holiday Season
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