Why Kids and Michigan Winters are Perfect Together

Remember how exciting that first snow of the season was when you were a kid?

If you grew up in Michigan, those inaugural flakes meant that outdoor fun was just a few inches away. It might not fill you with the same giddiness as it once did, but there are lots of simple ways to relive a bit of your childhood once the snow flies.

If you have kids of your own, make memories they’ll remember for a lifetime by bundling up and enjoying our eight favorite free and low-cost ways to make the most of a blustery winter day.

  1. Stop and catch the snowflakes. Even if there’s no accumulation, there’s always time to savor those first flakes.
  2. Build a snow fort. Find an empty plastic bucket or box to form your building blocks, then construct your icy fortress. Freeform piling works just as well!
  3. Make snow angels. Lay back and let your wings take shape.
  4. Shovel your way to fun. You can look at shoveling as a tedious chore or as an excuse to play in the snow – your choice. Kids love to help and it’s a great way to get everyone moving.
  5. Skate away. Find a frozen pond or community rink and glide your worries away.
  6. Sled it. Spend an afternoon at your local sledding hill for hours of fun.
  7. Warm up. Okay, technically this doesn’t involve snow, but there’s nothing better than a mug of steaming hot cocoa with marshmallows after cold weather fun.
  8. Create snow friends. Fashion a snow person for everyone in your household. Bonus points for most creative decorations.


What’s your favorite way to enjoy the snow? Tell us in the comments!


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