Winter-Weather Fun: Activities for the Whole Family
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It’s time to unpack the mittens, stocking hats, and cold-weather toys. Whether you live in a winter wonderland or are planning a vacation to a place with plenty of snow, there’s a whole lot more to do this season than most think. Spice up your wintertime family-fun activities with these outdoor ideas.
Visit a Festival or Market.
Many locations across the US and Canada host family-fun winter festivals and markets. Durango, Colorado is great winter-wonderland destination. Visitors can take a ride on the Polar Express Train and go shopping at an old-fashioned holiday bazaar for gift getting. Another stateside favorite is St. Paul, Minnesota for its Glow Holiday festival. With over a million lights, an ice palace, and holiday favorite sweet-and-savory treats, Glow is fun for youngsters and those young at heart. Toronto hosts its Polar Winter Festival; meanwhile, Montreal’s Fire on Ice features impressive nightly firework displays along with musical performances.
Go Ice Skating or for a Scavenger Hunt.
Whether you live near an area or are visiting one with a frozen lake, outdoor ice rink like Rockefeller Center in New York, or an indoor rink, ice skating is a fabulous way to spend time with the family. Plus, most ice-skating rinks rent skates. Go prepared with hat, gloves, and an extra pair of socks. For those competitive, problem solvers in the family, try a winter-themed scavenger hunt. Create a list of a dozen winter items that each family member must locate: think snowman, shovel, boots, icicles, sled, hat, animal tracks, holiday decor, and more. The first person to complete the entire list accurately is the winner. You can award prizes or decide that bragging rights are enough.