Low-Cost Indoor Activities for Family Fun

For those days when it's too cold to be outside, there's plenty of fun you can have indoors.

For those days when it's too cold to be outside, there's plenty of fun you can have indoors.

Winter has plenty of opportunities for fun in the great outdoors. But for those days when it’s just too cold to be out playing in the snow, it can be challenging to come up with fun things to do indoors. Activities like going out to a movie can get expensive, but with just a little imagination, there’s plenty of fun you and your family can have at home. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Treasure Hunt
Bring out your inner pirate and make a treasure hunt inside your home. Go to the dollar store and pick up a few inexpensive toys that look like treasures—things like a princess crown, gold coins or jewelry. Hide the treasure around your house and draw a map with clues to find the treasure. Let the search begin!

Get Out a Puzzle or Board Game
Don’t spend the day glued to your electronic devices—get out a puzzle or board game instead. It’s a fun way to spend time talking with your family.

Make Your Own Video
Instead of spending the day watching movies, make one of your own! With the popularity of online videos, your kids will love the chance to make and star in their own video. Have your kids write a script and pick out costumes—or just make it up as you go along. Use your smart phone to record the show. It will be a fun memory you can replay again and again.

Cook Up Something Good
Spend the day baking your favorite treats or prepare a special meal for the family. Get everyone involved. It’s a great opportunity for your kids to learn how to cook for themselves and everyone can enjoy the results!

Dance Battle
If your kids have a lot of energy to burn off, challenge them to a dance off. Turn up your favorite music and see who has the best dance moves. The winner will have bragging rights in the household.

Get out the Crayons
Feel like a kid again and get out the coloring books and crayons. Better yet, you can print off our Lil’ Partners coloring sheet. If your child has a Lil’ Partners account with us, he can enter our coloring contest for a chance to win $25! If your child doesn’t have a Lil’ Partners account yet, apply for one online. It’s a great way for your child to learn the importance of saving.

With a little imagination, you’ll find being stuck indoors can be a lot of fun.  It’s actually a great opportunity to relax and enjoy time with your family.