This was the year. The year that we decided to start treating the winter like the summer (you know, as soon as I can get my kids to play outside in the snow in the backyard for more than six minutes and 43 seconds). This is the year we are bundling up, getting out there and embracing the cold weather with hot cocoa in hand. Treating it just like the summer means having a list of things that we want to do, a list of places we want to see a list of the activities that we would like to experience – a winter bucket list. Here’s what’s on ours:
1. Make an epic snow fort
So, maybe my aspirations of creating a real live igloo aren’t going to work – since we’ve made a grand total of three blocks – but there is something that we can do. We can make an epic snow fort.
2. See the lantern parade at in Canmore during the winter festival
There’s so much more to do than just see a lantern parade during the winter festival in Canmore (February). There’s skiing down main street, tobogganing, skating outside, fun for the kids, ice sculptures and even dog sleds. It’s definitely worth planning a weekend away to check out the fun.
3. Toboggan in the mountains
done. We tobogganed and sat around the fire while we spent a weekend in the mountains on December 5. It was the perfect weather, so mild, and was a fantastic way to kick off the new year.
4. Skiing (learn to ski?)
There are $10 ski lessons and free skiing on the first friday of the month at Edmonton Ski Club. This is one of those things that’s on my goals list for 2015 – and there’s really no reason not to since it’s free. Get the details for Servus Free Ski Fridays, here.
5. Skate amidst the Snow Sculptures on Lake Louise during Ice Magic Festival
Another fantastic winter experience, it’s on the list of things that we want to do through the winter months and makes for an easy winter away in the mountains. In previous years, ditching the crowds and going down on a Monday means that you’re not going to be able to take part in the extra activities, but you are going to avoid the crowds.
6. Try four new hot cocoa recipes
This might be a good way to entice the kids to stay outside more than six minutes and 43 seconds – as suggested to be by a Dad on twitter. Makes sense – Let’s just add four new recipes to our arsenal of delicious, hot drinks, and maybe some adult-drinks sprinkled in there too. White hot chocolate, spicy hot chocolate, hot chocolate bars,
7. Host a winter themed outdoor marshmallow roasting party
A firepit, roasted marshmallows, hot drinks, friends – what’s better than spending an evening party outside with friends, keeping warm around the fire while we work together to make a snow fort? With the snow that we just got, I think next weekend might be the right weekend to do it.
8. Make marshmallow snow forts
A few bags of marshmallows, some glue – what better way to spend an afternoon when the kids might think it’s just too cold to go outside. Miniature snow forts are on our list for winter fun, and something that we can easily do indoors.
9. Snow Sculptures at Hawrelak Park
During the Silver Skate festival, we’re going to head out to see some of the fantastic snow sculptures, in our own back yard. It’s right smack in the middle of Valentine’s Day, so perfect for an afternoon of family fun while we enjoy a dinner together.
10. Slide down an ice slide, or three
Sliding down an ice slide sounds fantastic (I just need to find some snow pants first!) When asked what the kids wanted to do this year, Olivia mentioned that she wanted to slide down ten ice slides. We should be able to find one at the Deep Freeze Festival, or in the mountains during the winter fun activities weekends in Canmore or Lake Louise, or at Ice on Whyte. I’m sure she’ll be happy when we find a couple of ice slides, for her.