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Rocko Flake Sled

Be prepared for that next snow day. Credit: Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum With this winter already registering as the snowiest ever recorded in some parts of the U.S., a sled seems more like an essential than a frivolity righ...With this winter already registering as the snowiest ever recorded in some parts of the U.S., a sled seems more like an essential than a frivolity right now.

Snow Day! 15 Fun Activities to Entertain When Class is Canceled

Plan fun activities to make the most of a snow day. Credit: MGShelton, Flickr
Snow days are a cause of celebration for kids, but can pose problems for parents. There's no need to worry: When classes are canceled, a little creativity and smart pla...

12 Best Children's Books for the Holidays

Snow falling outside frosted windows, fire crackling, two girls curled in blankets on a cozy couch, surrounded by books. I'm seven years old and visiting my best friend who lives just down the street, and we are digging into a huge basket of seasonal...

King of the Hill

Orvis just made sledding even more fun. Credit: Orvis
You may be dreading the first flurries of the winter (i.e. shoveling and slush), but your kids can't wait to careen down the side of the neighborhood's highest hill. At least you can agree o...

Slip Sliding Away on a 200-Foot-Long Sledding Hill

Save a spot for John Mastrangelo in the Cool Neighborhood Dad Hall of Fame. Mastrangelo of Orchard Park, NY, is the mastermind -- and the muscle -- behind a 22-feet-tall, 200-foot -giant sledding hill in his backyard. Open, of course, to all the kid...

President Obama Complains About a Snow Day

The Chicago-grown Obama family have only lived in Washington, D.C. for a few weeks, but already they're noticing a few differences. Sidwell Friends, Malia and Sasha's school, was closed today for a snow day.
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Mother Nature Shuts Down Seattle Toys for Tots

After teaching for years in low-income areas, I've seen first hand the joy that Toys for Tots can bring to struggling families. The toys were often distributed right from school, relieved parents knowing that they'd have something special under the t...

Snow Play for a Snow Day

We had two snow days in a row last week, unusual for us in early December. The snowfall so far this year has been heavy, suggesting there will be plenty more opportunities this winter to sleep in, ditch the routine for the day, and play in the s...

Russian nursery's take on extreme fitness

Imagine putting your kids into kindergarten, only to find out that teachers are stripping your kids down and forcing them to run in the snow...practically naked. Then, just to toughen them up a little bit, they pour a bucket of cold water on their he...

Snow: What you can't see shouldn't hurt you

Some people hear the word bacteria and immediately assume that they're in trouble. Take, for instance, a recent study that found that even pristine, white snow that falls in relatively unpolluted areas is rife with a bacteria called Pseudomonas syrin...

Finding the right spot

The plan was to head to our favorite sled hill alongside the highway. There's a wide spot just off the road with plenty of room to park and a service road that, in winter, makes a great place for sledding. So we bundled up the kids, loaded them in th...

How not to stop a sled

Yesterday morning, we met up with our friends at a small ski resort that also had a nice sled hill. It was a little pricey -- $9 per person -- but it there was an easy path up the hill, lots of room to come down, and it was conveniently located for e...

A little bit of snow

We arrived at Lake Tahoe late yesterday afternoon, after an early morning packing frenzy and a long day parked on I-80. I have a very generous friend who graciously lets us stay at his house by the lake, so we've been going up every February for a we...

Ski lessons for little ones?

In less than two weeks, we're off to Lake Tahoe for a week. This time of year, of course, the activities are all centered on snow -- skiing, snowboarding, and sledding. Thus far, we've limited our adventures to the latter, but as Jared is getting old...

When the snowing gets tough, the tough get snowing

What do you do if you really want to play in the snow, but you live near Portland Oregon where the average overnight low in December and January is only 37°F? Why, you build a snow machine in your backyard, of course. Wait, what kind of mad geniu...

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