Do you realize that in less than two weeks, the kids will be out of school for winter break? Yikes! What will you do with them this year? Time for a pre-holiday day trip to let off some steam? Or maybe just stick close to home. Read on for some ideas.
Get out of town
How about a day at Wild Mountain in Taylors Falls, Located about an hour northeast of North Oaks, near the St. Croix National Riverway, the snowboarding and skiing is suitable for all levels, even the little ones. You’ll find 26 trails, a newbie discovery area and four terrain parks. The tubing is amazing here.
Wild Mountain is open Monday through Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. On Fridays they remain open until 10:00 p.m. On Saturdays and Sundays they open a half hour earlier. They offer both day and night rates, with the latter being less expensive.
They will have two Friends & Family Fun Days this month, one on December 20 and the other on the 30, with discounted ticket prices. Get all the info you need on Wild Mountain’s website (you can even check the daily snow report and watch a live webcam of the area).
Three Ramsey County parks feature sledding in the winter. The hill at Battle Creek-Winthrop Street is lighted (from dusk until 9 p.m.), which the kids would probably love. There are two entrances to the park so use the Winthrop Street entrance.
Manitou Ridge Golf Course in White Bear Lake also has some pretty cool sledding. It’s located at 3200 McKnight Rd. N, one-half mile east of Maplewood Mall and you can call them for more information at 651-777-2987.
Finally, you’ll find a designated sledding hill at Vadnais-Snail Lakes Regional Park, north of the picnic pavilion near Snail Lake. They allow sledding from about 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset. Enter near the pavilion for the quickest access. The park’s address is 4200 Snail Lake Blvd. in Shoreview.
Take them on a treasure hunt
Geochaching is a blast for the whole family. In case you’ve never participated, it’s basically like a treasure hunt. Someone will hide a container with various items inside (that’s the cache) and posts the location’s GPS coordinates. You can find lots of them around North Oaks at geocaching.com and even learn all about the activity with their beginner’s guide.
However you decide to keep the kids occupied during winter break, remember, it only lasts a couple of weeks!