Here in Saskatchewan, we’ve been enjoying one of the mildest winters in years. And as much as I’m loving each and every warm day, I have to admit that I will be excited to dive into some of those fun outdoor activities that my family can only do in the winter. Planning your own outdoor excursion? These four activities are sure to be fun for the whole family!
Grab a sled and trek to the top of that perfectly powdered hill. Tobogganing is a great family activity that everyone can enjoy; nothing beats the thrill of sliding down a snowy white hill. What’s your toboggan of choice? The classic wooden style? The faster and more unpredictable flying saucer, or maybe a sleek crazy carpet?
For a calmer experience, a nice skate around a local outdoor rink is a great way to enjoy an afternoon outdoors with your kids. The low pressure environment is perfect for getting younger kids started on skates. And even older children will enjoy showing off their moves out on the ice!
If the snow is particularly deep, why not try snowshoeing? Modern snowshoes are inexpensive, snap onto all boots and are a fun and interesting way to walk across deep snow without sinking. In fact, snowshoes are a great way to get to the top of a toboggan hill safely and quickly.
If staying closer to home seems more appealing, building a snow fort with the kids in the yard is a classic winter activity. Packing snow into bread tins is fun way to make snow bricks for building the best fortress on the block. And to add some extra pizzazz to your creation, try filling spray bottles with coloured water so kids can decorate their snowy hideout!
In this province I know that there’s no question of us getting snow eventually, so I don’t mind waiting a little longer to indulge in cold weather activities. And when the snow does finally start to fall, I’m going to make the most of it with plenty of outdoor fun with my boys!
Whether you try one of these four winter activities or plan some other outdoor event, snow is a lot more enjoyable when you’re spending time with your family!