Snow Day Adventures
Are the parks open? A lot of the parks in our area are temporarily closed due to the weather.
Before you trek out of your comfy home for a trek in the woods call ahead and see if the location is open. Several parks will close and entering the closed park in a violation that includes a fine.
I love a good snow and I love hiking in the snow. I even love hiking when it is snowing. Mainly because of the sheer quiet that envelops you in a sort of soundless cocoon. A rare treat in the beep and tweet era of our lives.
Is The Park Closed?
The problem with winter weather is some of the parks don’t have enough manpower or funds to be able to go in and clean off their roads every time a good snowfall descends covering the park in a thick blanket of snow.
You can also check online to see if the park is open by searching for the park’s name plus alerts closures notifications. Some parks will have updated websites while others, not able to immediately access their websites, will post closures via social media channels such as Facebook and Twitter.
If you happen to get to a park and then discover it is closed, please don’t go in the park. Parks are typically only closed when there is a threat to your health and safety – such as icy trails, landslides, fallen trees, etc.
Mini Snow Village!
(said like an announcer at a wrestling match)
Instead of venturing out enjoy some time to goof off near home but outside with my go to snowy activity:
- Packable snow
- Food coloring
- Small spray bottles
- Paint brushes
- Scrap fabric to make tiny scarves and hats
- Location for your Snow Village such as window sills, front porch, and railings.
Step 1. Make your snow people but keep them under about 8-9 inches tall.
Step 2. Make your snow village features: castles, bridges, cars, etc.
Step 3. Mix food coloring and water inside of a spray bottle. You’ll want this color to be fairly saturated so it shows well.
Step 4. Create small buildings, horses, dogs to add to your village. To expand problem solving and increase creativity, try to do this with your hands and items you can repurpose.
Step 5. Decorate Your Mini Snow Village by using the Snow Zinger spray to add lots of color, the watercolors to add details, and the scrap fabrics to add some whimsy.
Step 6. Take a few photos and then head inside for some hot chocolate!