Friday, January 15, 2016

Your Guide to Winter Fun!

We're halfway through January, but there's still lots of winter ahead. I'm not a fan of the cold weather, but until such time as I can afford to fly south for 4 months or so each year, I have to learn to deal with it, right? When I was a kid I loved playing in the snow. Why can't I love it again?

I mean, look how beautiful winter can be. The sun is just brilliant when it glints off the white ice and snow. Those are the kind of days when I can get up the excitement for getting outside and taking advantage of snowy fun. Here are a few ideas to get you and your family outside and active at this chilly time of year.

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? The hill in the picture above is actually a great spot for sledding. It's in Thomson Memorial Park in Scarborough.

kids sledding

For a calmer experience, a nice skate around a local outdoor rink is a great way to enjoy an afternoon outdoors with your kids. For those of you in Toronto, here's a listing of the city-run outdoor skating rinks. There's just one in Scarborough, at Albert Campbell Square.

Mom & Son Skating

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.

On Family Day this year, you can support the Canadian Cancer Society with a 5K snowshoe trek in Toronto. Snowshoes will be provided, and there's just a $150 fundraising minimum. Check out Family Snow Day Toronto 2016 for the details.

Snow Fort
If staying closer to home seems more appealing, building a snow fort with the kids in the yard is a classic winter activity. Love this idea - use your loaf pans as molds and pack in the snow to make snow bricks for building the best fortress on the block. Snow forts were a fave of mine when I was a kid. We always had plenty of snow in St. John's, and generally just dug our forts into the snowbanks. Perhaps not the safest way to do it, but we had fun.

snowman with Buffalo Bills scarf
Or you could just go out and build a snowman together.

Of course, when playing in the snow, there’s bound to be slips and falls, and not every toboggan run ends in a fluffy pile of snow. That's part of the fun, so long as there are no serious injuries, but when you land on that patch of ice, or you work muscles you didn't remember you had, you can use a little help when you get home.

When your day is done, you can reach for Rub A535™ to soothe and relax tense muscles so you can do it all over again tomorrow. For the little ones, natural source Rub A535™ Maximum Strength Arnica Gel-Cream is an effective all-natural product that makes it the ideal treatment for bumps, bruises and swelling, and it’s great for when you’re on the go.

Know what else helps? Hot chocolate, and maybe even a fire in the fireplace if you're lucky enough to have one. That's my kind of winter fun :)

Dress for the weather and you'll be just fine :)

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