February 24, 2014 10:58 AM Subscribe
Help my little family enjoy spending time outside with two feet of snow on the ground.
posted by anastasiav to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (10 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I feel silly asking this, but here it is anyhow: I'm in Maine, I grew up with snow and winter weather, so I feel like I should know this, but maybe it's the urban vs. rural thing.
For much of this year it's been far too cold to spend any quality time outside, but now it's warming up (to, like, 35) and the sun is shining and I'd like to find things to do with my kid (and husband) outside...
... but ...
... our 'yard' (such as it is) is too small for romping in the snow for more than about 5 minutes, plus we have already built a big snowman and he's taking up about a third of the limited available space. We could drive (with sled and child we'd have to drive) but child doesn't like to sled (I know, I know). We don't ski or snowshoe -- no money, no interest, no equipment, too hard for motor-challenged kiddo and my limited-mobility knee. We tried to go for a walk on Saturday (it was so beautiful) on the local trail system, but it was still too treacherous (icy and wet) and wasn't much fun.
Is there a snowy equivalent of "going to the park" that I'm just missing? Some easy way for us to spend low-impact, no-equipment time outside while there is still a deep snowpack (I'm not kidding about 18 inches or more of snow in our yard) and ice, but with some melting going on? We have plenty of winter-appropriate clothing (boots, snow pants, hats, mittens, coats of varying levels of insulation) but I just can't find anything for us to do, here in the middle of the city (such as it is). I'm really tired of being inside, and would like to be out in the bright sun, but everything we do quickly stops being fun once someone (not always me) has fallen down a couple of times.