10 Winter Staycation Ideas + FREE 2020 Family Activity Calendar

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Unless you live in a climate that has a 70+ degree winter, you are probably going to be spending a lot more time indoors this winter. It’s not hard to get a case of the cabin fever, and if you’re on a tight budget, staying in may be all you can really do this winter.

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But staying in doesn’t have to be boring! In fact, with a little creativity and some time off, you can create your very own vacation-at-home. Here are 10 great winter staycation ideas to make your time indoors a little more exciting!

Home Spa Day

Turn on some relaxing music and get a little creative! You can make your own foot soaks, relaxing spa water, and many other spa treatments right at home. Bring in some of your favorite essential oils to create a one-of-a-kind experience!

Go for a Winter Hike

If you live near a national park or a place with a trail worth hiking, put on your winter boots and go for a scenic hike. The views are spectacular and the park will probably be fairly empty. If you don’t live near a park, grab our winter scavenger hunts and head outside right in your own area!

Have a gourmet cooking adventure

One of my favorite things about winter is all the great flavors! There are so many decadent dishes and great comfort foods to enjoy. Whip up some of those gourmet coffees at home and enjoy the luxury food from your own kitchen.

If you’re really up for some adventure, you could have a gourmet cooking! Pick a region or country you’d like to visit and find some recipes from that area. This is a fun way to explore new tastes and exciting new dishes.

Have fun indoors

Bowling, aquariums, and even museums are still going to be open during the winter months, and they will be pretty empty too! Many of these places will have really low prices to get visitors through the doors during the winter season, so be on the lookout for some deals!

At Home Camping with Bonfire

My kids love camping, especially when there is a bonfire involved. While winter might not be the best time to head out to the woods for some camping, you can always set up an indoor camping adventure.

Of course, if you can, you should head outside for a bonfire with the family! If you don’t have space, you can always make these delicious indoor s’mores!

Have a Progressive Dinner

Whether you find a popular restaurant in town you’ve been meaning to try or visit a few favorites, a progressive dinner is a fun way to spend a staycation! Eating out while on a staycation is a treat to yourself without staying at an expensive resort.

Create a Winter Bucket List

Our family loves creating bucket lists. Whether monthly or seasonally, a bucket list is a great way to include activities everyone will enjoy. If you need some ideas, be sure to download our winter boredom busters and bucket list ideas!

Have a movie marathon

There are plenty of movie series that can easily be turned in to a marathon for your viewing pleasure. If you want to go all out, try creating some thematic snacks and treats that coordinate with the movies you’ve chosen! 

Do some family reading

Let the kids pick a new book to read together. This can be a great way to unplug from all the technology and distractions and just be together. It’s also a fun way to explore a new book or series!

Hold a gaming tournament

While I am all for unplugging and getting the kids off their devices, sometimes it can be fun. Why not have a fun gaming tournament on one of their favorite games! Or gather a few favorite board games or decks of cards and have a family tournament.

Don’t let the winter blues set in

These are just some of the fun and creative ways you can spend time together at home. But I hope they have given you some inspiration and ideas to have a great staycation at home this winter. You can certainly create some fun days and events that will create lasting memories! Check out the FREE family activity calendar below.

Download the 2020 Family Activity Calendar

This is a fun calendar filled with 24 different activities and a bonus square you can fill in yourself. These activities are perfect for cold weather days or the dog-days of summer. You can do them all in one month (there are 25 total squares) or spread them out over the entire year – you choose! Make multiple copies and repeat the activities over and over for even more family fun!

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Annette has been married to her husband and best friend since 2003. Together they are raising their six children to follow the Lord’s will, no matter what. Annette longs for the day when she will meet all her angel babies who have entered heaven before her. She enjoys creating fun and engaging printables, unit studies and curriculum for homeschool families. You can follow her crazy life at In All You Do where she blogs about marriage, parenting, and homeschooling all while maintaining her sanity. She is also the owner of Thrifty Homeschoolers, where she shares free printables and resources from around the web as well as deals on curriculum and homeschooling resources. You can also keep up with her via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

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