Fun & Frugal Winter Activities

Cold weather is here, but that doesn’t mean you have to stay glued to your TV inside. There are a bevy of winter activities that are low-cost and will get you and your family off the couch!

  1. Sledding

If you don’t already have a sled, plastic sleds are cheap at any Meijer, Walmart, or Target. You can also use materials you may already have, like cardboard, to create a makeshift sled. Just bundle up, locate a local hill, and enjoy!

  1. Ice skating

Take your kids to a local ice rink or a nearby outdoor rink for some winter fun. If you don’t have skates, they are inexpensive to rent. If there isn’t a rink nearby, you can even create one in your backyard! You’ll just need a flat area, some form of bracing (planks or PVC piping) a white tarp, and water. Frame the border of your rink with your bracing, install the liner, and fill with water. It’s best to do in layers- fill it up a little each day, and let it freeze overnight. Soon you’ll have your own backdoor ice rink! That way, you’re close to the kitchen for a steady supply of hot chocolate.

  1. Snow painting

Kids are sure to enjoy this artistic winter activity. All you need is an empty spray bottle and some food coloring! Fill the spray bottle with water, add a few drops of food coloring, and voila! Snow paint. Take the bottle outside and write or draw in the snow. If you have several empty spray bottles, you can even make multiple colors.

  1. Cross-country skiing or snowshoeing

Locate a state park or recreation area that rents equipment, and journey through the winter wonderland! It’s great exercise, and a great way to appreciate the beauty of winter.

  1. Visit the library or a museum

Your local public library is a great resource! They may schedule events for both adults and kids, like book clubs or shows, but nothing beats curling up with some blankets, a book, and a cup of hot cocoa on a cold winter day. And you can always take kids (or even just yourself) to the Detroit Institute of Arts, where admission is free to residents of Wayne, Oakland, or Macomb counties. Other great museums include the Detroit Historical Museum, the African-American History Museum, or the Detroit Science Center.