Indoor activities are the order of the day when the temperatures plummet. You can still hold some great events indoors, though. Here are a few:
- Board game competition -- Chess, checkers, dominoes, Monopoly and other board games may not have the flash of video games, but they can still be engrossing, especially as competitive group activities. Get the kids involved in some face-to-face games by hosting a board game competition. Round up some prizes and offer one-bite snacks that won't be too distracting or messy to eat. If this promises to be a large event, break participants into age-based groups.
- Book fair -- Most folks have books they want to swap or share, so it's usually easy to get donations. Whether it's your book club or a fundraiser for the local animal shelter, holding a book fair is a straightforward event even a novice can pull off. Invite your favorite book lovers, and make sure you have plenty of room to display all the books in good reading light.
- Recipe swap -- Aunt Matilda's secret venison recipe may be the family's best-kept secret, but isn't it time to share the wealth? Every family has a few recipe favorites. Copy unique recipes into a booklet (or PDF) for everyone and enjoy.
- Craft classes -- Craft shows and classes are big business these days. Scrapbooking, jewelry making, knitting, crochet and other crafts are so popular it won't be hard to find people at work or at church with plenty of tips to share. Ask them to teach brief classes about their favorite hobbies. You'll be surprised at how generous people are with their time and expertise if there's a worthy cause involved.