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Make the Most of Winter With These Kid-Friendly Activities in the Albany, NY Area

Whether you have young children or teens, you may be looking for ways to keep them active and entertained this winter. Luckily, there are a number of classic outdoor winter activities that will get your kids out of the house. From skiing and sledding to building a snowman, check out these kid-friendly activities that are fun for the whole family.

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Discover the Joys of Downhill Skiing & Snowboarding

Who doesn't enjoy skiing - and the hot chocolate afterwards? Even if your child has never been, there are equipment rentals and beginner options that will have them learning in no time. Check out a local mountain like Maple Ski Ridge in Schenectady. Plan ahead and look into lessons and watch your child ski or ride with pride.

Test Your Balance & Try Ice Skating

Sharpen those skates! Albany has a public ice rink with skates available for rent at the Empire State Plaza throughout winter. Some other popular places include the indoor ice skating rink in Saratoga Springs and the outdoor ice skating rink at Windham Mountain in the Catskills.

Experience the Thrills of Snow Tubing & Sledding

Have a good laugh as you slide down the mountain! Snow tubing is your opportunity to be a kid along with your children. A handful of ski mountain resorts also offer tubing, including West Mountain in Queensbury, Willard Mountain in Greenwich, and Windham Mountain in the Catskills.

Build a Snowman Together

This is a great opportunity to give your child a feeling of accomplishment as well as create lasting memories. Whether it's a light or heavy snowfall, take advantage of the fresh powder, and build Frosty together.

Be sure to dress him up! Go classic with hats, mittens, a scarf, and a carrot nose, or let your child's imagination take the lead and dress the snowman as they please. Afterwards, warm up inside with some hot chocolate as you admire your new creation from the window.

Start a Snowball Fight

It's time for a wintry family feud! Create two forts and stock up on snowballs behind your fort. Once each team is ready, battle it out with a lively snowball fight.

You may want to create rules ahead of time to minimize possible injuries (ex: no targeting heads or other sensitive body parts, no throwing at full force, etc). After all the action, call a truce and head inside for some warm soup.

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