It's sometimes hard to get outside in the cold (especially when it involves bundling up small children), but my kids love to get out and play in the snow. Just because it's cold outside, doesn't mean you shouldn't bundle up the kids for some winter family fun!
While there's still snow on the ground, I plan to do these 5 winter activities with my kids. We've done a couple of them already and had a blast, and I know we'll be sure the enjoy the others on the list. I hope you try them too!
Ice Skating at Ravine Vineyards
1366 York Road, Saint Davids, ON
Grab your skates and take the kids to Ravine Vineyards' outdoor skating rink. This picturesque outdoor rink is set amidst acres of vineyards with beautiful views. It is open everyday between 10am-6pm and is free.
Sledding at the Welland Canal Lock 7 hill in Thorold
If you're looking for a great tobogganing hill, the one at Lock 7 is great for kids of all ages. The hill starts off fairly big on one end and tapers off into a smaller hill at the other side, perfect for smaller kids. My 6 and 3 year olds love this hill (as well as my husband) and ask to go tobogganing every weekend. And while we've only been there during the day, I've driven past this hill in the evening and there are still lots of families tobogganing. It makes for a fun weeknight activity.
Horse-drawn Sleigh Rides at Warners's Farm
7705 Schisler Rd, Niagara Falls, ON L3B 5N4
Take a horse-drawn sleigh ride with your family through one hundred acres of forested land at Warner's Farm in Niagara Falls. Although this one is a little pricey, it would make a great birthday party or special family event that the kids will remember for years to come.
The group sleigh ride seats up to 14 people and the smaller sleigh seats up to 6 people. Rides generally last about 45 minutes and are $125. Call 905-384-2684 to book a sleigh ride.
Hiking at Heartland Forest
8215 Heartland Forest Road, Niagara Falls
Gather the kids' warm clothes and set out for a winter nature walk around the short trails at Heartland Forest. Trails are open daily from 8 a.m. to dusk, with free admission. If you've got little kids with little legs, you might want to bring a sled for them to sit in if they get tired. Walking in snowpants and boots can be tiring!
Agape Valley Sugar Bush
392 Kilman Road, Ridgeville
The sugar bush is such a fun learning experience for all kids. My kids absolutely LOVE maple syrup - on anything! I think they will also love seeing how it's made and to enjoy a tasty treat right from the source. Enjoy a delicious meal and take a FREE sugar bush tour to see how maple syrup is produced. Open 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Saturday in March and open weekdays during March break.