50 Free Things To Do With The Kids This Winter

Love it or loathe it, winter is loooooooooong. We need more stuff to do. And free stuff is always good. So we've rounded up 50 activities you can do with the whole family that will cost you exactly zero dollars.

You're welcome.

  1. See the current exhibits at the Box Factory for the Arts in St Joe.

  2. Go to a library that you've never been to before.

  3. Take a hike at a state park.

  4. Stroll through the wintery fun that is the IceBreakers Festival in South Haven.

  5. Ask your local wellness center for guest passes to use.

  6. Wander through a toy store.

  7. Visit the lighthouse in St Joe, South Haven or Holland.

  8. Wander through the hands-on Kalamazoo Valley Museum.

  9. Play tag in the woods.

  10. Have a sock puppet show.

  11. Take a trip through the Midwest Miniatures Museum in Hickory Corners.

  12. Go to a playground, even if it's snowing.

  13. Compete in cardboard sled races, golf and archery at the Winter Jamboree in Kzoo.

  14. Download an astronomy app and stargaze on a clear night.

  15. Fish on the ice at Hawthorn Pond in Zeeland.

  16. Check out the birds of prey at the ODC's Welcome Center.

  17. Play board games at Out of the Box in Zeeland.

  18. Bake something with ingredients in your cupboard.

  19. Sample delicious chili during the St. Joe Chili Tour.

  20. Create art at the Krasl Art Center in St Joe.

  21. Go on a neighborhood scavenger hunt.

  22. Catch a magic show at the Magical Ice Fest in St Joe.

  23. Let the kids play dress up in your closet (and jewelry box).

  24. Check out a DVD from the local library for family movie night.

  25. Visit the friendly animals at the Critter Barn in Zeeland.

  26. Wander through the North Berrien Historical Museum in Coloma.

  27. Take a tour of the Cappon House in Holland (must have Michigan Activity Pass).

  28. Have a snow picnic.

  29. Go sledding at night at Van Raalte Farm Park in Holland.

  30. Play charades.

  31. Enter the ice cream eating contest at the Dowagiac Ice Time Fest.

  32. Take a guided tour of the New Buffalo Railroad Museum.

  33. Use old paint swatches or magazines to make homemade valentines.

  34. Learn about agates and take one home courtesy of the Ottawa County Parks.

  35. See live ice sculpture demonstrations during the Hunter Ice Festival in Niles.

  36. Peek in the windows of Grand Haven shops for live superhero mannequins.

  37. Watch the sunset over the lake.

  38. Walk through the exhibits at the Holland Museum (must have Michigan Activity Pass).

  39. Join a LEGO build challenge at your local library.

  40. If you have a membership to a museum or gardens, visit a reciprocal venue.

  41. Watch the fudge being made at Kilwin's.

  42. Plan out your spring garden.

  43. Check out the latest exhibit at the South Haven Center for the Arts.

  44. Have a dance party.

  45. Use the Michigan Activity Pass to see the USS Silversides Museum in Muskegon.

  46. Go skating at the "iceless" rink in Zeeland (must have your own skates).

  47. Visit an animal shelter to play with the kitties or help exercise the dogs.

  48. Find your nearest story time.

  49. Let the kids borrow your phone for a photo contest (you pick the theme).

  50. Head to your favorite beach town to see how they do winter.

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