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100 Things to Do This Winter

Posted By Heather Leszczewicz On December 30, 2015 @ 9:00 am In EDITOR'S PICKS,EDITOR'S PICKS,EDITOR'S PICKS,Entertainment,FAMILY FUN,GET INVOLVED,Trending | 1 Comment

Updated Dec. 27, 2016

Sometimes it’s hard to get out of that winter blues funk. Without the excitement of the holidays, snow and sub-zero temperatures lose their appeal and winter quickly becomes monotonous.

Luckily, Make It Better has a wealth of ideas to keep you occupied — some indoors, some outdoors, some a little out there and some that take no effort at all. Try to tackle them all and spring will be here before you know it.

1. Have a snowball fight.

2. Go sledding [1].

3. Go ice skating at an outdoor rink [2].

4. Grab a mug full of hot chocolate.

5. Host a dance party.

6. Cuddle up with some one you love.

Chicago Children's Museum [3]

Photo courtesy of the Chicago Children’s Museum.

7. Take the kids to an indoor play space. (Check out our list of nine great ones [4].)

8. Have some fun outdoors while getting in your daily cardio. (Here are six calorie-melting winter workouts [5] that have a definite fun factor.)

9. Watch “Frozen.”

10. And after that little bit of inspiration, build a snowman.

11. Take the time to organize your home. (Here’s how to do it in seven days [6].)

12. Read a new book. (We have a few suggestions [7], from our favorite fictional marriages [8] to celebrity picks [9].)

13. Order dinner from one of these to-go joints [10].

14. Try a new restaurant [11], perhaps from our list of Loop restaurants [12].

15. Support a local nonprofit [13].

16. Play a game. (Here are five options you may enjoy [14].)

17. Get cozy and watch one of these films [15].

18. Put down your phone and unplug for an entire day. (Could your phone could be ruining your relationships? [16])

19. Try a subscription box. You don’t even have to leave the house for these suggestions [17].

20. Go green by swapping out the cleaning products you’re using [18].

Tribune Tower [19]

Tribune Tower (Photo by Heather Leszczewicz.)

21. Go on a day trip. We have our DayTripper Guide handy [20].

22. Drive around and look at the pretty lights before they come down.

23. Bake cookies [21].

24. Make paper snowflakes.

25. Donate a pair of mittens.

26. Make snow ice cream with freshly fallen snow.

27. Serve breakfast in bed.

28. Make soup. Here are eight great recipes [22].

29. Round up things in your home to donate [23].

30. Write a letter. People appreciate a physical piece of mail.

31. Learn a new skill, like knitting.

32. Go to your local library.

33. Try stargazing.

34. Go to a museum [24].

35. Go to the zoo (on a warm day).

36. See a show.

Shoveled Sidewalk

37. Shovel your neighbor’s walkway or parking space.

38. Visit a distillery [25].

39. Go wine tasting.

40. Volunteer at a local shelter [26].

41. Send us your events [27].

42. Bring treats to your office.

43. Buy your pet a treat.

44. Have a family pizza party and try making your own [28].

45. Visit the Bean when it’s covered in snow.

46. Go bowling.

47. Be a tourist in your own town.

48. Make an igloo.

49. On a freezing day, try making steam by throwing boiling water in the air. Just make sure you do this safely.

Flinders Chase National Park (Australia) [29]

View from Flinders Chase National Park in Australia. (Photo by Amber Gibson.)

50. Plan your summer or spring vacation. (How about South Australia [30], Boston [31] or one of these destinations that are a direct flight from Chicago [32]?)

51. Have a “Harry Potter,” “Star Wars” and/or “Lord of the Rings” marathon.

52. Meditate by trying out a coloring book.

53. Try making ice balloons [33].

54. Enjoy those candles you never light or buy a new scent.

55. Take down your decorations.

56. Make a resolution.

57. Break a resolution.

58. Complete a resolution.

59. Write something — a haiku, a script, a book.

60. Binge-watch a show on Netflix. (Here are 10 that are worth your time [34].)

61. Take an acting class. (Find out more about the Actors Training Center in Wilmette [35].)

62. Do yoga [36] with your pet.

63. Call a loved one you don’t see very often.

64. Bundle up and go to the beach.

65. Go thrifting.

66. Check something off your bucket list.

Plant pot rings vertical container garden close up. Photo courtesy of Bottle&Branch. Photo by Nicole Radja [37]

Plant pot rings vertical container garden at Harvest Juicery. Photo courtesy of Bottle&Branch. Photo by Nicole Radja.

67. Try creating a vertical garden [37].

68. Sing karaoke.

69. Try a new recipe. (How about one of these with five ingredients or less [38]?)

70. Put together a jigsaw puzzle.

71. Warm up with a Winter Sangria [39].

72. Organize your pantry [40].

73. Get started with the stock market. (Have questions? Here’s a beginner’s guide [41].)

74. Watch a documentary. (10 worth your time [42].)

75. Partake in high tea [43].

76. Try listening to a new podcast [44].

77. Buy yourself some flowers to brighten up your space.

78. Get ready to spring clean [45].

Social Print Studio [46]

Photo courtesy of Social Print Studio.

79. Tackle all those digital photos you have floating around [47].

80. Work on potty training [48] the little ones in your life.

81. Try out a high-tech parenting tool [49].

82. Work on reading with your child [50].

83. Pamper yourself [51] at retail or beauty hotspots.

84. Meditate.

85. Update your home with beautiful wallpaper [52].

86. Go for a brisk walk around the block.

87. Try out a new social network.

How to Build the Perfect Cheese Platter [53]

Photo by Kerri Sherman.

88. Throw a dinner party [54]. Don’t forget the cheese platter [55].

89. Make sure your home is up on its winter maintenance [56].

90. Host a sleepover for your kids and their friends.

91. Transform an empty room [57] into one you will use.

92. Have a create-your-own-pasta party with a variety of noodles, sauces and cheeses.

93. Find a local fundraiser [58] to support.

94. Work on your skin regimen and make sure you’re eating the right foods [59].

95. Get healthy and active! (You can turn to our Best of 2016 Fitness & Recreation winners [60].)

96. Find something you normally don’t clean and do that. The baseboards, your electronics, etc.

97. Work on your stress levels [61].

98. Ready to make a change at work? Tackle your resume [62].

99. Sign your kids up for camp.

100. Spend time with your family. Don’t worry about needing to do things with them. Just enjoy their company.

If you have other great ideas, leave a note in the comments!

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[1] Go sledding: http://makeitbetter.net/entertainment/guide-to-chicago-area-sled-hills

[2] Go ice skating at an outdoor rink: http://makeitbetter.net/entertainment/guide-chicago-outdoor-ice-skating/

[3] Image: http://makeitbetter.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/indoor-play-spaces-Chicago-Childrens-Museum.jpg

[4] nine great ones: https://makeitbetter.net/family/9-indoor-play-spaces-to-entertain-kids-this-winter/

[5] six calorie-melting winter workouts: http://makeitbetter.net/better-you/6-calorie-melting-winter-workouts/

[6] how to do it in seven days: https://makeitbetter.net/home/7-days-to-completely-organize-your-home/

[7] We have a few suggestions: http://makeitbetter.net/entertainment/make-better-staff-picks-books-travel/

[8] our favorite fictional marriages: http://makeitbetter.net/entertainment/between-the-pages-books-with-fascinating-fictional-marriages/

[9] celebrity picks: http://makeitbetter.net/entertainment/reese-witherspoon-brie-larson-celebrities-reading/

[10] one of these to-go joints: http://makeitbetter.net/dining/chicago-go-joints-pedigree/

[11] Try a new restaurant: http://makeitbetter.net/dining/15-fab-fall-chicago-restaurant-openings/

[12] our list of Loop restaurants: http://makeitbetter.net/dining/not-just-lunch-11-new-loop-restaurants-to-try/

[13] Support a local nonprofit: http://makeitbetter.net/make-it-better-guide/guide-to-giving-2016/

[14] five options you may enjoy: http://makeitbetter.net/family/5-fun-options-for-family-game-night/

[15] one of these films: http://makeitbetter.net/entertainment/great-movies-to-curl-up-with/

[16] Could your phone could be ruining your relationships?: http://makeitbetter.net/better-you/put-down-your-phone-its-ruining-your-relationships/

[17] for these suggestions: http://makeitbetter.net/better-you/9-genius-subscription-boxes-that-make-life-easier/

[18] swapping out the cleaning products you’re using: http://makeitbetter.net/home/switch-to-natural-cleaning-products-with-our-easy-shopping-list/

[19] Image: http://makeitbetter.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Daytripper-Michigan-Avenue-Tribune-Tower.jpg

[20] DayTripper Guide handy: http://makeitbetter.net/entertainment/guide-to-chicagos-neighborhoods-what-to-eat-see-and-do-in-the-best-parts-of-the-city-and-suburbs/

[21] Bake cookies: http://makeitbetter.net/dining/easy-holiday-cookie-recipes-salty-toffee-and-flourless-chocolate-mint/

[22] Here are eight great recipes: http://makeitbetter.net/dining/8-soup-recipes-will-make/

[23] donate: http://makeitbetter.net/philanthropy/donate-comprehensive-guide/

[24] Go to a museum: http://makeitbetter.net/family/chicago-culture-kids-museums-cultural-offerings/

[25] Visit a distillery: http://makeitbetter.net/dining/let-the-spirit-move-you-chicago-area-distillery-tours-youve-got-to-take/

[26] Volunteer at a local shelter: http://makeitbetter.net/better-you/your-money/charities-time-money-goods-efficient-ways-to-donate/

[27] Send us your events: http://makeitbetter.net/events/community/add

[28] try making your own: http://makeitbetter.net/dining/homemade-pizza-recipes-plus-tips-and-products-to-bake-like-pro/

[29] Image: http://makeitbetter.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/Australia-Flinders-Chase-Park.jpg

[30] South Australia: http://makeitbetter.net/entertainment/wine-food-and-adventure-in-sunny-south-australia/

[31] Boston: http://makeitbetter.net/entertainment/boston-best-restaurants-and-attractions/

[32] one of these destinations that are a direct flight from Chicago: http://makeitbetter.net/entertainment/these-5-must-visit-destinations-are-all-a-direct-flight-from-chicago/

[33] ice balloons: https://queenvanna.wordpress.com/2012/02/01/ice-ballons/

[34] Here are 10 that are worth your time: http://makeitbetter.net/entertainment/10-binge-worthy-tv-shows/

[35] Actors Training Center in Wilmette: http://makeitbetter.net/mib-tv/mibtv-acting-beyond-classes

[36] Do yoga: http://makeitbetter.net/better-you/7-yoga-poses-start-day-off-right/

[37] Image: http://makeitbetter.netmakeitbetter.net/home/growing-up-vertical-gardens/

[38] one of these with five ingredients or less: http://makeitbetter.net/dining/8-weeknight-dinners-5-ingredients-less/

[39] Winter Sangria: http://makeitbetter.net/dining/celebrate-sangria-day-10-delicious-cold-weather-recipes/

[40] Organize your pantry: http://makeitbetter.net/home/21-genius-organizing-hacks-for-a-perfect-pantry/

[41] Here’s a beginner’s guide: http://makeitbetter.net/better-you/beginners-guide-stock-market/

[42] 10 worth your time: http://makeitbetter.net/entertainment/10-documentaries-to-watch-now/

[43] Partake in high tea: http://makeitbetter.net/dining/high-tea-revisited-6-places-to-get-your-sip-on/

[44] Try listening to a new podcast: http://makeitbetter.net/entertainment/if-you-loved-serial-check-out-these-podcasts/

[45] Get ready to spring clean: http://makeitbetter.net/entertainment/8-books-to-spring-clean-your-life/

[46] Image: http://makeitbetter.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/photos-Social-Print-Studio.png

[47] digital photos you have floating around: http://makeitbetter.net/family/10-ways-transform-digital-photos-real-world-keepsakes/

[48] potty training: http://makeitbetter.net/family/no-accident-expert-advice-making-potty-training-painless/

[49] high-tech parenting tool: http://makeitbetter.net/better-you/8-awesome-high-tech-tools-to-make-parenting-easier/

[50] reading with your child: http://makeitbetter.net/family/expert-tips-to-make-your-child-a-better-reader/

[51] Pamper yourself: http://makeitbetter.net/better-you/6-chicago-retail-and-beauty-hotspots-that-will-make-you-feel-like-a-vip/

[52] beautiful wallpaper: http://makeitbetter.net/home/15-beautiful-wallpaper-patterns-youre-going-to-want-for-your-home/

[53] Image: http://makeitbetter.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/How-to-Build-the-Perfect-Cheese-Platter-3.jpg

[54] Throw a dinner party: http://makeitbetter.net/home/throw-perfect-dinner-party/

[55] cheese platter: http://makeitbetter.net/dining/build-perfect-cheese-platter/

[56] winter maintenance: http://makeitbetter.net/home/winter-home-maintenance-cheat-sheet/

[57] Transform an empty room: http://makeitbetter.net/home/empty-nest-transform-kids-rooms-spaces-youll-actually-use/

[58] local fundraiser: http://makeitbetter.net/philanthropy/the-best-fundraisers-around-chicago-and-the-north-shore/

[59] make sure you’re eating the right foods: http://makeitbetter.net/better-you/best-worst-foods-skin/

[60] Best of 2016 Fitness & Recreation winners: http://makeitbetter.net/better-you/best-2016-fitness-recreation/

[61] stress levels: http://makeitbetter.net/better-you/is-stress-making-you-sick-fight-it-by-retraining-your-brain/

[62] Tackle your resume: http://makeitbetter.net/better-you/5-resume-mistakes-cant-afford-make/

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