Last year, MP shared some of the adventures she hoped to try with the family during the winter season, and it was one of the blog’s most popular posts. We had so much fun exploring cross-country skiing and ice fishing, MP decided to come up with an updated list of activities for our family to try during the chilly months ahead:
The kids learned a little about sled dogs during L.L.Bean’s Winter Carnival, but they have always hoped for the opportunity to experience dog sledding first hand. Heywood Kennels in Augusta accepts Winter Kids passports, which offers families a generous discount on dog sledding adventures. Families get to meet the dogs, enjoy a sled ride and drink hot cocoa by the fire.
Discovering New Trails
We love getting outside during the winter months and exploring the woodland trails in and around our community. Libby Hill Forest in Gray, which was once an 18th-century sheep farm, offers easy snowshoeing and walking trails. Curious families can also walk to the location of the original farmstead.
Train to Boston
There comes a time in winter when we all can use a city fix. We typically drive to Boston for a day trip, but MP thinks it would be fun to take the Downeaster for a change. Everyone gets to relax, read a book, or stare out the window. And to make the trip more appealing to frugal Yankees like ourselves, the Downeaster lets kids ride for free on Sundays.
Last winter, we made an effort to spend more time playing board games on Friday nights. All of us would like to revisit that tradition. We make popcorn, hot chocolate and hunker down for an hour or two. Monopoly and UNO are popular at our household, but MP also likes Apples to Apples and Beat the Parents.
Explore New Rinks
We are fans of The Family Ice Center in Falmouth, but we’d love to take a road trip to the Waterhouse Ice Rink, a state of the art indoor rink in Kennebunk, along with a side trip to Boulangerie for a treat. We also are looking forward to trying The Rink at Thompson’s Point in Portland, which has a warming room and food from PB&ME, a mobile kitchen that specializes in peanut butter sandwiches.
What are you and your family planning for the winter?