Snow Day Sledding Tips

February 24, 2016

Chicago Sledding Locations

Schools out across the area today because of all the snow, and if you have young kids, you know where they'll want to be today - sledding of course!

Here are some tips to keep you sane and the kids warm, as well as some local hot spots for the best sledding.

  1. Be sure to stick to safe (and legal!) sledding locations.
  2. Age matters. Older kids tend to overlook the younger children when flying down a hill, so look for places to sled where there are other children close to your kids’ ages to avoid accidents and injuries.
  3. Location, location, location. Don’t sled down hills that end at the street or a busy parking lot, even if it looks like you would stop before you got there. Cars aren’t expecting to see a child slide out or walk into in the road to turn around, so for obvious reasons, these locations are just not a good idea.
  4. Stay warm. Make sure everyone has a warm dry set of clothes.
    • Don’t have a water-resistant snow suit? Wear windpants over sweat pants or stretch pants to keep melted snow out for a little longer.
    • Bring a couple of sets of gloves per kid. When their gloves get wet and fingers cold, switch them out for a new, dry pair. Go even further by keeping the extra gloves tucked inside your own coat so they are extra warm for your kids cold fingers!
  5. Don’t overdo it. It’s easy to forget how cold you are when you’re having so much fun, so set a time limit for how long you’ll be sledding. End the event with something fun like pizza or hot chocolate, so no one is too disappointed when you’re done sledding.


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