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Sometimes, you just need to get out of the house. These outings are affordable for the whole family and can provide you with a much-needed cabin fever reprieve.
In the grand scheme of things, bowling is a cheap night out, especially if you go when there's a deal. Whether you're good or bad at bowling, something innately satisfying exists in hurling 10-pound ball to knock down a bunch of pins.
Hit the movies
The movies are perfect winter getaway, but they can get expensive. Our advice: go during a matinee and eat at home beforehand so you're less tempted to splurge on overpriced movie theater snacks.
Visit the zoo
Assuming it's not punishingly cold out, the zoo can be a great winter activity. Many zoos offer discounted admission during colder months to try to drive visits, saving you major cash over a summer visit.
9. Go out and expand your mind
Sometimes, a recreational outing can double as a mind-enriching experience. Here are just a few.
Visiting the museum
Art, science, and history museums have something for every member of your family, no matter their ages. Many also offer free or discounted admission at certain times or on certain days.
Taking a hike
Bundle up! While visiting the park in the dead of winter might seem like more trouble than it's worth, nature in the snow is breathtakingly beautiful. Introduce a theme, such as bird watching or spotting animal tracks, to keep your family members interested in their surroundings.
Visiting a family member
Make the effort to visit with a rarely seen family member, especially senior family members who might otherwise not get a lot of daily interaction. You won't be sorry that you reconnected.
Nothing makes you appreciate what you have like giving back. Volunteering is something that the entire family can do together, no matter how old your children might be. Almost anything can be a volunteer opportunity, even if not officially called that. As long as you're making your community a better place, you're doing something right.
The important thing to remember when you're feeling cabin fever is that it's only temporary. A fun, family activity is waiting to help cure your winter blues; you just have to find it.