Don’t let the winter doldrums or “broke after Christmas” blues get to you. Find frugal fun to fill the winter months with these 17 Free And Cheap Things To Do This Winter.
Take Advantage Of What Your Local Public Library Offers.
- Check out a movie to watch at home.
- Download an eBook, audiobook, or magazine.
- Attend events at the library such as book clubs, craft workshops, health screenings, lunch and learn speakers, poetry slams, story time and more.
- Use the library’s resources to do genealogy research.
Attend Community Events (Such As Concerts) And Sports Activities At Local Colleges/Universities.
Use Free Museum Admissions On Hours Or Days That Are Offered.
Many different types of museums wave admission fees from time to time to encourage additional attendance at their facilities. From art and children’s museums to zoos, I find that free entry opportunities are out there.
Bless A Friend Or Neighbor By Helping Them Out With A Winter-Related Chore.
For example, make an older neighbor’s day, by shoveling their sidewalk or driveway.
Volunteer At A Nonprofit Such As A Food Bank Or Soup Kitchen.
Speaking of Snow, If You Have It, Have Fun In It.
- Build a snowman.
- Build a fort and have a snowball fight.
- Construct your own igloo.
- Go snow sledding.
- Create a snow angel.
- Make a snow art canvas by using food coloring as your paint.
- Take an animal print identification snow hike.
Take Part In A Polar Bear Plunge (Always check with doctor to make sure that your health allows).
Play A Card Or Board Game.
Watch The Super Bowl.
Get The Whole Family Involved In A Winter Craft or Simple Recipe Project.
Have a look at these 32 Creative, Inexpensive Craft And Recipe Ideas.
Put Out Birdseed And Do Some Bird Watching And Identification From Your Window.
Turn Up The Music And Dance In Your House.
Or if you have a dance game with your video game system, whip that out and groove.
Go Walking In The Mall.
Great people watching while you get some exercise.
Put Together A Winter Photo Scavenger Hunt.
Attend A Festival.
Some festival are absolutely free and others charge only a nominal fee for entry. Ice Festivals, where you can admire ice carving and participate in snow sledding, snowball fights, carnival game, and more, are particularly popular and frugal fun.
Check Out A Parade.
Colder weather can’t stop a good parade. The Chinese New Year, Mardi Gras, Martin Luther King Day, and President’s Day are all occasions for celebration and commemoration and may mean a parade taking place at a location near you.
Do A Morning Or Afternoon Of Sightseeing At An Expo.
The winter months are prime time for boat and RV shows, bridal shows, and home building/improvement expos. You can spend hours just looking around at these events.
For more Frugal Ideas:
16 Smart Ways To Save Money This Winter
14 Thing Under $25 To Keep In Your Car This Winter
These are all really fun ideas. I wish it would get out of the 60’s and snow a little though. It snowed last weekend but then it was 70° 3 days ago. I love going to the museum and people watching.