Frugal Ways to Get Out this Winter

I don’t know about you, but this is the time of year where I start getting a little restless. Don’t get me wrong, I love snuggling up under a blanket with a good book or movie. But sometimes, I just want to get out and do something. Even though it is winter and, especially here in Minnesota, it is really cold. Here are some ideas of fun and frugal things you can do to keep active this winter:

  • Get Outside: Just because it’s cold doesn’t mean that you can’t still do something outside. Bundle up and head out on a winter walk, explore the snowy terrain on cross country skis, try on some snow shoes, catch fresh fish while ice fishing or sled down the nearest hill.
  • Winter Festivals: Even though it is winter, there is still a lot going on around town. Check out the Lake Harriet Kite Festival this Sunday, January 19, for colorful kite flying and ice fishing. The following week, check out the St. Paul Winter Carnival featuring parades, a marathon, and many other family-friendly events.
  • Star Gaze: Learn from the expert astronomers at the U of M every Friday night during the Spring and Fall semester from 8-9:30pm. Star gaze on the roof of the astronomy building. If the weather is good, you may be able to look through the telescope.
  • Winter Art: Check out the Art Sled Rally in Powderhorn Park on Saturday, January 26. Come and watch local artists and neighborhood residents slide down the hills in crazy, creative sleds!
  • Ice Skate: Test your balance on ice skates. There are plenty of outdoor rinks, like Lake of the Isles, or indoor rinks, like the Depot in Downtown Minneapolis
  • Museums: Don’t want to brave the outdoors? Check out some museums! On Friday evenings after 5pm the Science Museum offers discount admission to students. The Minnesota History Center offers students $9 admission with a valid student ID anytime. Every Thursday evening is free at the Walker Art Center also the Minneapolis Institute of Art is free every day and has occasional Target Family Days where the special exhibit is also free!
  • Take a Tour: Tour a Winery or a Brewery during one of their free days. Local Wine Events has a list of a variety of Twin Cities wine events, including some free events. Many local breweries offer free tour and tasting events.
  • Movies: There are many discount movie theaters in the Twin Cities including: Brookdale 8, Maple Grove Cinema 10, Hopkins Cinema 6, and the Riverview Theater.  Also, the St. Anthony Main Theatre offers $6 tickets with student ID.
  • Take Up a New Form of Exercise: Looking for a new way to warm up? Take up a new form of exercise! Begin yoga, zumba, pilates, or kick boxing. Try something new and keep in shape for the new year!

Join the Conversation: What is your favorite frugal winter activity?


One thought on “Frugal Ways to Get Out this Winter

  1. Another great theater to check out is The Heights in Columbia Heights. It’s a really classy theater with a live organist who plays before the show (instead of previews), just like it used to be (so I hear)! Tickets are under $10 and it’s less than 20 min from LS.

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