As the temperature drops and the first flakes begin to fall, it can be tempting to just start counting down the days until spring. But before you enter hibernation mode, check out our list of ways to enjoy the colder months a little more. Whether you’re looking to get some fresh air or warm up inside, the Saratoga region has some great options.
Enjoy Winter in Saratoga MORE!
If your family misses warm weather walks and summer time hikes, snowshoeing might be a good alternative. Bundle up and head to Saratoga State Park or the Wilton Wildlife Preserve to rent snowshoes and explore the wintery woods.
While Vermont and the Adirondacks have great skiing, Willard Mountain is a wonderful local option. Make the short drive over to Greenwich (25 minutes from Saratoga Springs) and hit the slopes or tubing park.
Mark your calendar for the Saratoga Chowderfest scheduled for February 4, 2017. Give each kid a few bucks and challenge them to find their favorite local chowder. 3-ounce samples cost a dollar each and even if the weather is chilly, a brisk walk around town and some steaming chowder will warm things up.
Feeling cooped up? Grab a sled and take the kids to a local hill. Some favorites include Deadman’s Hill, off Rowlands Street in Saratoga Springs and behind the Milton Terrace School, off Route 67 in Ballston Spa.
For ice races, children’s activities, fireworks, chili cook-offs, and more head north to the Lake George Winter Carnival, held every weekend in February.
For a special treat, drive to The Fun Spot in Queensbury to run around the indoor playground, play laser tag, or show off your roller-skating moves.
Brush up on your cooking skills. Whether you’ve got a preschooler or an older chef, Healthy Living Market offers weekly kid-friendly classes and demonstrations. Bring the kiddos to a class and then walk around the Wilton Mall to burn off some energy.
Warm-up with board games and hot cocoa. Break out monopoly and make a batch of hot cocoa for a crowd. Try this recipe: whisk together 2/3 cup of hot water and ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder. Pour the cocoa mixture in to your slow cooker and add a 14 oz can of sweetened condensed milk, 1 ½ cups heavy cream, 6 cups of milk, ½ cup of sugar, and a teaspoon of vanilla extract. Cook on low for about 3 hours, stirring occasionally, then top with marshmallows and whipped cream. Spend the afternoon sipping cocoa, watching the flakes fall, and enjoying some friendly competition.
Hold weekly themed dinners. When it’s cold and slushy, Tuesdays (or any day…) can feel kind of blah. Give the family something to look forward by planning themed dinners. You can get adventurous and cook a recipe or order take-out. For extra fun, read a book or watch a movie that’s related to the theme! An idea to get you started: for a French-themed night, read a book from the Madeline series and make croque monsieurs (essentially, a grilled ham and cheese sandwich).
Have a family sleepover. Have everyone get into pajamas (parents, too!) and pile into the living room. Order pizza, turn on your favorite movie, and snuggle up in sleeping bags. The kids will love the novelty of it, but if you want to head to your beds at the end of the night, that’s okay too.