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.
- Be sure to stick to safe (and legal!) sledding locations.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.