5 affordable family friendly winter activities
If sticking to a budget is still on top of the list of resolutions, no doubt a family ski trip to Aspen is not in the future.
But resist the temptation to stay cooped up through the cold weather. Cabin fever is sure to infect the whole family if you don’t get everyone outside now and then. Following are five suggestions for affordable and fun family friendly winter activities.
Put on your most comfortable walking shoes and take a trip to the nearest indoor mall. If the kids are more interested in the toy store than exercise, offer an incentive. Tell them that if they keep up with you on a brisk walk for 20 minutes, they can choose a game that the whole family will enjoy later that evening. If you have a fitness tracker, let your kids wear it and have them guess how many steps they’ll take.
If your craving some outdoor time, consider snowshoeing. Investing in snowshoes allows those hiking trails you love in the summertime to be used all year round. Eastern Mountain Sports will equip the entire family. EMS Snowshoes, on sale $89.99 (plus Cash Back), Ems.com
If the snow has piled up outside and the roads are dangerous, stay home. Bundle the family up, break into two teams and challenge each other to a snowball fight. When that gets old, create a snowman (encourage the family to use the snow from the driveway or sidewalk to create the masterpiece and you’ll avoid some shoveling). If you are in an area that doesn’t get snow (or it’s just plain too cold), consider having an indoor snowball fight with these plush snowballs. EB Brands Indoor Snowball Fight, on sale $12 (plus Cash Back), Lordandtaylor.com
If you’re lucky enough to live near hot springs, make it a day for the whole family. There’s nothing like soaking in warm water to fend off those winter blues. If hot springs are too far, consider a day at a spa for the family, or head to an indoor pool. Living Social offers deals on adventures and you can earn Cash Back from ShopAtHome.com.
If skiing isn’t doable, try the next best thing: pump up your adrenaline by whipping down a hill on a sled. Look for a sled that’s rugged, flexible and guaranteed to stay stable. Otter Outdoors Sports Sled, on sale $53.59 (plus Cash Back), Basspro.com