There seems to be endless activities for families to enjoy when the weather is fine, from taking the kids to the park, to wearing them out in the garden.
But what about when the weather isn't so good ?
Don't let the cold weather, wind or rain spoil your fun. There are plenty of great things to do in Surrey and north-east Hampshire whatever the weather - plus they are all FREE!
Here are some of our suggestions for you to enjoy inside or out.
1. Build a bonfire at home
A bonfire in the garden can help create a romantic winter atmosphere while keeping everybody warm. It’s also the perfect opportunity for indulging in gooey smores.
2. Feed the birds at Fleet Pond
Not only will you give the little hungry guys some food to help them survive the winter, watching the birds being fed will keep your kids entertained.
3. Wildlife spotting at Chobham Common
As the largest National Nature Reserve in the south east of England, the site is great for birdwatching, butterflies, stunning views, walking and wildflowers. Dogs allowed.
4. Bike ride around Alice Holt
The Farnham woodlands offer a great day out for all ages, plus cycling around will warm you up on a chilly day.
5. Movie night at home
Get the kids in their pyjamas, microwave some popcorn and settle down to watch one of your favourite films. You will appreciate a couple of hours peace and quiet.
5. Read your favourite book
Curl up in a cozy armchair and read your favorite book from childhood again. You might be surprised how vividly you will remember the book. Alternatively why not read to your kids or each other?
6. Bake some cupcakes at home
Baking can be very therapeutic and it enables the little ones to get creative. So why not put your apron on and spend a few hours in the kitchen? Make sure you have a tea towel ready for any icing sugar eruptions.
7. Take photos at Box Hill
Whether you take your iPhone or DLR, snap away at this gorgeous beauty spot. Forming part of the North Downs, Box Hill in Tadworth is a perfect place to discover a family walk and explore the beautiful Surrey Hills. It may be a National Trust site, but entry is free. Enjoy self-guided trails to spot abundant wild life, from butterflies and mini beasts to colourful wild flowers.
8. Wander along Basingstoke Canal
Basingstoke Canal Visitor Centre in Mytchett offers the perfect place to start exploring the canal or simply relax and watch the boats pass by. There is an information point and gift shop, tearoom, picnic area and a children's trailblazer play area also on site.
9. Play at Bushy Park
As the second largest of the Royal Parks and close to Hampton Court Palace, it offers a children's adventure playground with equipment for two to 10-year-olds, a large sandpit, basket swing, climbing boulders, balance beams and see saws. Plus of course beautiful surroundings for a family ramble or mini beast safari and lots of great natural wildlife to spot including kestrels, tawny owls and woodpeckers.
10. Visit Army Medical Services Museum
This is a great day out for you and your own little soldiers. You can learn all about the history of the Royal Army Medical Corps, the Royal Veterinary Corps, the Royal Army Dental Corps and the Queen Alexandra Royal Army Nursing Corps. Displays include uniforms, equipments ambulance and insignia. Toilets, baby changing facilities and parking are on site. The museum is located in Aldershot.
11. Walk around Virginia Water Lake
Situated on the edge of Windsor Great Park, enjoy a pleasant walk around the lake and look out for the many curiosities, including a 100ft-high totem pole, a cascade, an obelisk raised by George II and part of a ruined city imported from North Africa. Take a flak of hot chocolate to enjoy sitting next to the lake.
12. Learn at Guildford Museum
For an interesting day out, take the whole family to Guildford Museum. You'll learn everything there is to know about the history of the town, including its links with Lewis Carroll, as well as archaeology and textiles. A gift shop and toilets are on site.
13. Shelter inside Chertsey Museum
The museum is dedicated to the history of the town and the borough of Runnymede. You'll learn what life was like in historic Runnymede and discover the archaeology and history of Chertsey Abbey. You'll see displays consisting of fine art, decorative art, social history and an array of photographs. Toilets, baby changing facilities and shop are on site.
14. Roam around Newlyns Farm shop
Wander around Newlyns Farm in North Warnborough, peruse the seasonal delights in its on-site farm shop. You'll be impressed by the vast range of fruit and vegetables. A café serving delicious food is on site.
15. Meet cute animals at RSPCA Millbrook
From cats and dogs to chickens and ponies, introduce youngsters to a range of pets at this small animal re-homing centre. There are often cute kittens in the cattery and fluffy rabbits and sleek ferrets in the small animal area. The centre is located in Chobham.
16. Escape the rain at Farnborough Air Sciences Trust Museum
The museum is dedicated to Farnborough's proud aviation heritage and significant contribution to air science and research, and offers an important educational resource as well as an entertaining and stimulating day out for anyone interested in aviation history and scientific progress.
17. Spot supercars at Mercedes-Benz World
Be dazzled by super fast cars on the race track and take a look at vintage vehicles inside the museum at Mercedes-Benz World in Weybridge. You don't need to have booked a driving experience to wander around the displays, have a go at the interactive games and pick up motor merchandise from the gift shop.
18. Leave no stone unturned at Farnham Castle Keep
The impressive motte and shell keep of Farnham Castle was founded in 1138 by Bishop Henry of Blois. The keep was abandoned after Civil War service: but much-altered parts of the medieval bishops' residence remain in private hands and you can visit the site for free throughout the year.
19. Host a carpet picnic
You don't need to go outside to have a scrumptious picnic. Roll out the blanket and enjoy your finger sandwiches and sausage rolls on the lounge floor.
20. Have a board game day
Dig out Monopoly, Cluedo or Scrabble and enjoy an afternoon of family competition. No doubt, there will be disputes on the Monopoly rules!
21. Hold a video game tournament
The boys will like this one (young and old). Plus it's a great excuse for a dad and son day.
22. Enjoy a pamper party
Get the girls round for a few hours of painting each other's nails, gossiping and perhaps a glass of wine or two...
23. Steam train spotting
Britain has always been fascinated with trains - especially the unmistakable sight and sound of a steam train making its way through the beautiful rolling countryside. This spring the Flying Scotsman returns to Surrey and Hampshire for a series of UK tours.
24. Den-making (indoors or out!)
If you're braving the cold weather, head to Yateley Common. With heathlands, woodlands and ponds, the site offers a variety of places to hide and make dens. For somewhere a bit warmer, turn the living room into a wonderland by propping up bed sheets with sofas and dining rooms chairs.
25. Make your own pizza at home
There's something very satisfying about tucking into a pizza you have made yourself. Root around the kitchen cupboard and inside the fridge for some interesting toppings.
26. Stroll around Guildford Castle
After a wander around the high street shops, stroll around the beautiful castle grounds located right in the town centre. The castle is thought to have been built shortly after the 1066 invasion of England by William the Conqueror.
27. Take a hot picnic to Runnymede Pleasure Ground
Who says the weather needs to be hot to enjoy a delicious picnic outdoors? Pack flasks of hot chocolate, chunky soup and homemade bread and head to Runnymede Pleasure Ground in Egham.
28. Outdoor adventure at Lightwater Country Park
Let the kids run wild on the playing fields, in the play park, in the woods and on an outdoor adventure course. It will soon warm them up - and you when you chase after them!