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10 Free, Fun Family Activities to Do in the Winter

10 Free, Fun Family Activities to Do in the Winter

The winter (in the colder parts of the world, like where I am) can bring on the winter blues, low energy, and maybe even lead to less family bonding.

We may get stuck in our daily responsibilities. We may have little energy left to put toward strengthening relationships with those we love.

It doesn’t have to be that way. We can create strong and fulfilling relationships even in the cloudiest of times.

Make moments when you can really focus on one another. Here are some ideas for things you can do for free that will also be fun for your family. You can do these things anytime but winter time is a good time to try some of them out to brighten the day and make the winter a funner season!

10 Free, Fun Family Activities to Do in the Winter

  1. Have a dance party - Put on some fun uplifting music and dance with your kids. Just have fun!

  2. Have a royal dinner party - Have everyone dress up in nice clothes, set the table with some nice dishes and decorations (maybe a candle), and make a tasty meal. Call it a royal dinner party!

  3. Watch a movie together - This is simple but sometimes people (adults and kids) can get preoccupied with their phone or distracted with other things (like chores or whatever else is on their mind). Just watch a movie you already have and hang out together.

  4. Sort through some old stuff - If you have some boxes of old toys, memories, or photos stashed away somewhere, go through them with your kids. Just take your time and enjoy the excitement of finding some old things. If you are looking at pictures, take the opportunity to tell some family history and stories.

  5. Have a karaoke party - Put on some music or look up karaoke music videos (if you want the words) and either take turns or join together in this fun activity.

  6. Do a spa or relaxation day - Gather some self-care items around the house, such as some lotions, nail stuff, hair supplies, face masks, or whatever else you can find. Then enjoy some nice spa time. Include the boys, too, if they want to hang out, too. Call it a relaxation day and add some coloring books, calm activities (maybe some Lego building or drawing activities). Be creative. Just come up with a few activities that you and your kids will enjoy (but that promote relaxation and togetherness, too).

  7. Watch a “show” put on by your kids - If your kids know a movie really well or have some lines memorized, have them put on a remake of the movie for you (and you’ll be the audience). Or they can come up with their own kind of “show” (like a fashion show or ballet dance)

  8. Be outside…yes, even in the cold - Just hang out in some fresh air. Be in nature, whether it’s at your house, taking a walk, or visiting a nature center.

  9. Have a reading session or start a book club - Have everyone pick a book and just do some silent reading for like an hour. Or decide to do a book club by picking a book (preferably one that you already have in the house or one checked out at the library) and read it together. Then, make some activities to go along with the book and call it a book club. If it’s a long book or a chapter book, the book club could be something you do once a week for a few weeks.

  10. Play a game - Find a board game or card game to play.

Remember, just have a good time. Try not to worry about life’s other responsibilities like work and chores. Just be in the moment and hang out as a family.

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