How to enjoy winter without spending money
Am I the only person who likes to hibernate in the winter?
I don’t know what it is, but cold weather, and I just can’t seem to get along. Well, that was until recently… last month I decided that I wanted to make some fun winter memories with Elliott and realized that part of winter is enjoying the outdoors as well – cold and all.
So, I did a bit of research to figure out the best ways to have some free outdoor fun in the winter and you know what? I’m actually really excited about it. We’ve been having a lot of fun so far.
Following is a list of ways to enjoy winter without spending money.
You had to know this would be number one, right? Tobogganing is obviously one of the first things people think of when it comes to outdoor winter activities and there’s a very good reason for that – tobogganing is fun!
Find a nice big hill near your home, grab a sled and go enjoy yourself! If you can, try to take a few photos as well. They will be nice to look back on when summer is here and you are melting in the heat.
Build a snowman
This is a fun activity for every family member – not just kids. If you have enough snow on the ground, building a snowman can be a great way to spend your time. Not only is it a fantastic way to get some exercise, but you will feel really proud of yourself when you see the whole thing come together.
Don’t forget a nice warm scarf for your snowman!
Play with the dog/snowball fight
We are always looking for ways to get our dog involved in our family activities. After all, he is a very big part of our family, so he needs to be treated that way.
Most dogs love to play in the snow, so why not bring your pooch outside with you and have a great big snowball fight (with you winning, of course – unless your dog is magic and can throw snowballs!)?
Go ice skating
Many people enjoy going to ice skating rinks this time of year and luckily, they are available almost everywhere. You are sure to find at least one in your community (and many are free)!
There are both indoor and outdoor rinks for you to choose from, but I highly checking out an outdoor rink. There’s just something magical about ice skating outside, surrounded by sparkling white snow.
Okay, so this one isn’t exactly free, but I had to include it because winter and skiing just go hand in hand. I have seen a bunch of skiing discounts online recently, so look around for those before you plan your visit to the slopes.
Enjoy all of your falls too – they will happen and are all part of the fun.
Make snow ice cream
This is something that we are trying for the first time and I cannot wait (we just need more snow)!
Find a clean patch of freshly fallen snow and follow this recipe to make some homemade SNOW ice cream. What an interesting idea! This is definitely something that kids could help with as well.
Fill up a few squirt bottles with water and food colouring – then, take them outside and start “drawing” on the snow.
This is another new thing that we are trying this year. I have the squirt bottles ready to go – just waiting for a good snow fall. Don’t forget to take photos of your artwork, too!
If you’re used to being a couch potato in the winter like me, I encourage you to get up and get outside this year. Enjoy the cold, enjoy the snow, and enjoy everything that winter has to offer! It’s much better than hanging around the house all day, don’t you think?
Please share your tips for enjoying winter without spending money in the comments.