5 Affordable (or Free!) Winter Activities to Do With Kids

a family of four doing one of the suggested activities - sledding

Winter can be a challenging time to keep your kids entertained. If it’s too chilly outside, you might run out of things to do when you’re cooped up inside for days on end. The good news? You can do a ton of fun indoor and outdoor activities with your kids on a shoestring budget, or no budget at all. Here are five great ideas to try this winter season!

Go Outside and Build a Snowman


If it’s too chilly for a long walk, but there’s an inviting layer of puffy white snow outside, it’s the perfect weather to build a snowman. But, instead of going for the traditional two or three-ball snowman, you can make things extra fun by going for a snow princess or a snow warrior instead. You can use dress-up items for your snow creations that you already have at home. That way, this activity will not only be entertaining, but it also won’t cost a dime.

Game Night Is Always a Good Idea


The great thing about game nights is that they are perfect for any weather and any age group. This is one of the best activities to try when it’s cold and gloomy outside. Just pull up your kids’ favorite games and let the fun begin! Assembling puzzles is a fantastic idea as it’s both entertaining and educational for your kids. Plus, it’s a smart way to lure them away from electronic devices. Make some hot chocolate, take out the puzzles or Monopoly-like games (if your kids are old enough), and spend quality time with your loved ones.

Do the Pinnacle of Winter Activities — Sledding


Who doesn’t love sledding? Grab the sleds and hit the nearest hill! It’s guaranteed to be a day full of fun, snow, and joy. If you don’t already have sleds, you’ll need to make a small investment and buy them for your kids, but you’ll be able to use them for many winters to come. Alternatively, you can ask a neighbor to use theirs or see if there’s an option to rent sleds for the day. Just don’t forget to bring snacks and a thermos with hot chocolate or tea to keep everyone energized and hydrated throughout the day.

Cook Something Delicious Together


Cooking is probably one of the best activities to do with kids and it’s perfect for any season, but especially winter when we tend to spend more time at home. Prepping meals with your little ones isn’t just a fun way to spend the afternoon — research shows that kids develop many vital skills when they are involved in preparing food. Around the holidays, cooking with your kids is especially endearing — making Christmas cookies, gingerbread houses, and other treats is simply the best. They can help you knead and roll the dough and cut out the cookies.

Teach Kids the Importance of Volunteering


Volunteering usually doesn’t cost anything but your time, and it’s a valuable way to teach your kids about the importance of giving back and helping your community. Winter is especially abundant in volunteering opportunities, so make sure to research what activities are happening near you and grab your kids along with you. It could be anything from toy and food drives to planting trees and cleaning the park.