Here are some ideas for things to do for Free when you bored in the winter: Warning: Make sure you call first to the place you are going. If the schools are closed for bad weather most of the time the activities will be closed also. Make sure to call or go on their website to see if they open. Depending on the weather you might want to stay off the roads!
This list also comes with another warning ... if you think about it, free sometimes is not totally free. If you have to drive then consider the gas, if you have to take the bus consider the fare, etc. Consider staying closer to home for the free things if this is a problem. The kids are going to get hungry, are you going to dine out? Even Mcdonald's now can break a budget. Consider taking a lunch.
Here is a list of my favorite free things to do in the winter:
A vast of resources, libraries are one of my favorite places!
On line winter reading challenge! Yeah, I'm on it! Prize is a $50 Meijer Gift Card
There is a story time for the preschoolers. I've used this resource for my children and grandchildren.
Free or low cost passes to our favorite museums are on the libraries website.
Hold on before you spend big bucks on how to do books, consider checking and seeing if they have them at your local library. Then if you like it and need in your home for reference then buy your book to keep on your shelves.
Nature preserves have a lot of great things to do like:
Hiking trails that are both education and fun. If they have a map it's even more fun. Look for unique birds or other animals.
Don't forget to go in the Visitor centers. Ours has a lot of educational things to enjoy inside, like a active bee hive. The bees come inside to a container and you get to watch their activity.
Sometimes free or low cost programs are offered like night owl watch, star gazing parties, story hour etc.
Watch for free dog wash days. Our pet store has them it seems like once a month. The mess is theirs and if you have kids they would love to watch too.
Stay home and have a baking day! It will even help warm up the house with the oven going. I have a list of my favorite recipes here but my apple pie recipe is here. Husband will be disappointed today though because we are making a cake.
We have went sledding a lot over the years with the grandchildren. We have a sledding hill that is not too far from us. This is not an good activity for us today because of the -20 windchill. Too cold for us and them!
Stay safe and warm!
What fun activities do you have for winter?
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