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In Explore, Health, Parenting on
January 11, 2018

12 Outdoor Winter Activities You Can Do With Your Kids

Our weather is crazy in Alberta and we usually get a lot of winter! Let’s get outdoor and enjoy it with the kids while we can. I hear it’s suppose to warm up a bit this weekend, so go out and enjoy before another cold snap!

  1. Scavenger hunt – Print off this winter scavenger hunt from CBC and go for a walk to find them.
  2. Paint in the snow – You can try mixing some food coloring and water into a squeeze bottle or check out this idea.
  3. Mini time capsule. Spend some time putting some stuff into a waterproof bag/container and bury it in the yard somewhere deep in the snow. When Spring comes around and the snow melts find it and open it up!
  4. Build a target toss game, like this epic one from Disney Family Crafts         
  5. Play X’s and O’s in the snow. My daughter loves this game and we play over and over and over. I bet we could fill a whole field.
  6. Try snowshoeing. Check out your local nature center like the John Janzen!
  7. Hike around a local park. We did this fun Hike At Chickakoo Lake in Spring and my Dad used to take us when we were kids with cross country skis around it. You can look for birds and animals that are not in hibernation as a fun learning opportunity.
  8. Ice Skating. Check out your local community league or find an indoor one, depending on the weather.
  9. Have a bon fire and hot chocolate. Invite some friends over for a fire, roast marshmallows and have some hot chocolate.
  10. Try building a snow volcano, like this awesome looking one from Classy Clutter    
  11. Freeze small toys in ice cube trays or tupperware containers and hide them in the backyard for a fun at home scavenger hunt.
  12. If it’s cold enough, try freezing bubbles! Take some bubble solution and blow bubbles softly onto snowy surfaces and watch them freeze!

The Bitchin' Housewife

Jen is a yoga teacher, fitness enthusiast and health blogger over at

In Camping, Parenting on
June 1, 2017

7 Free Or Inexpensive Summer Activities Ideas

7 Free Or Inexpensive Summer Activities

As the school year draws to a close and the weather starts warming up, summer activities start to come to mind. I find there are so many things to do, but a lot of them can cost a lot of money!

Personally I get really busy in the summer with teaching yoga, so we tend not to go away camping a lot and save our vacations for more in the fall. So, I am always looking for things I can do with the kids at home or staying in the city to do.

Scavenger Hunt

I am planning to take my kids to the River Valley and use this free printable from Stay At Home Mum. Can be done while exploring one of Our Favourite Campgrounds In Alberta too!


Sidewalk Paint

I actually did this one years ago with my oldest daughter. She was about 2.5 while my youngest was a newborn. It kept her busy for hours actually!

Mix up 1 cup cornstarch, 1 cup water and food colouring. I did the muffin tin thing so she could have a few colours and it worked so well!


You don’t have to have a big yard or a garden to grow something together. We love growing anything really, since the real joys for my kids are the playing in the dirt, the watering and then seeing whatever it is sprout up and grow. You can buy seeds for flowers relatively inexpensive from Canadian Tire or such and plant them directly into the ground now. Sunflowers I find sprout pretty fast!

Shaving Cream Art

Maybe a good one for inside when it’s rainy or outside in the yard to contain the mess in the summer! This awesome Marbles Prints With Shaving Cream by Live It All In looks simple and cost effective with materials you may already have or a trip to the dollar store.


Live It All In’s Marble Prints

Skip Rocks

We head to the River Valley here in Edmonton, but find a local lake or river or pond even where you are and try skipping rocks. It’s adorable to see them so excited about sinking a rock at the bottom of water.

Paint Rocks

My kids LOVE painting and I usually HATE pulling it all out because it’s a mess in the house, but in the summer when they get to scavenge for rocks at the park (or maybe when skipping rocks by the river) and paint them on the deck, it’s super easy clean up with a hose. Including the kids!

Fly A Kite

I’ve seen Pinterest kites (I’m not super crafty though) so I buy mine, which can be a bit of money (ranging $5-$50) but having it all summer is great fun that lasts.

I would love to hear what some of your favourite inexpensive summer activities are!

The Bitchin' Housewife

About the Author

Jen is a health, fitness and lifestyle blogger over at She is a yoga teacher and a fitness and nutrition enthusiast. Jen has two daughters and loves finding outdoor activities to do with them.