It’s finally feeling like January! Boy, did the temps fall along with the snow this weekend! You may feel tempted to just hide under piles of blankets, but it’s much more fun to embrace winter and make the most of it! How, you say? Here are a few suggestions:
1. Skiing and Snowboarding. Did you know that January is Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month? Learn the ropes at Mount Holly, Pine Knob Ski & Snowboard Resort in Clarkston, Alpine Valley in White Lake, or locally at Mount Brighton. Skiing not your thing? Grab your sled instead and head over to Kensington Metropark ( 4570 Huron River Parkway, Milford) for some fun on the hills for all skill levels.
2. Fun Indoor Spots. Sometimes the temperatures are just too low for little ones. Kids will be thrilled to play indoors at one of these spots:
- Castaway Play Cafe–Located at 1800 N. Burkhart Rd in Howell, Castaway offers an arcade with over 35 games and full prize redemption store, a toddler play area restricted to under age 3 so they can play safely, laser tag, indoor bounce and play structure, and a create-a-pal workshop! Get the details here https://castawayplay.com/
- Zap-Zone–Located at 6995 Grand River in Brighton, Zap-Zone features laser tag, roller skating, bumper cars, an arcade, and a playscape. Check out their website for hours and pricing: https://zap-zone.com/brighton
- Safari Playground–Another great option for indoor play is the Safari Playground, located at 700 N. Pontiac Trail in Walled Lake. Safari Playground boasts a restaurant serving the highest quality food, from their pizza to their burgers ((Angus beef) to their wings and fresh salad bar! A great place to host a birthday party or just pop in for a fun afternoon!
3. Make a Hot Chocolate Bar. There is nothing better than coming in from the cold and sipping on some hot chocolate! And homemade cocoa just tastes so much better than the dry packaged mix. The best part of all is adding some fun mix-ins to your mug! Homemade cocoa is simple to make!
1 1/2 c.
semi-sweet chocolate chips
Mini marshmallows, for garnish
Additional mix-ins, such as candy canes, caramels, Hershey Kisses, flavored syrups (such as Torani brand), cinnamon, nutmeg, pirouette rolled wafers, snowman-shaped Peeps, etc!
- Combine all ingredients except marshmallows in a slow cooker and stir to combine.
- Cook, covered, until everything is melted, stirring occasionally, 2 hours on LOW.
- Ten minutes before serving, add marshmallows and let them get melty.
- Garnish with more mini marshmallows and mix-ins, if desired.
4. Have a Winter Bonfire and Make S’mores. S’mores in the middle of winter? Absolutely! Kids of all ages will enjoy the snowy, cozy atmosphere of a winter bonfire, and the gooey goodness of a s’more.
5. Read. If you just can’t bare to get outside and face the cold, then by all means, snuggle up by the fire with a good book. According to The New Yorker, the best books of 2018 were: “Asymmetry,” by Lisa Halliday, Confessions of the Fox,” by Jordy Rosenberg, “Ordinary People,” by Diana Evans, “Small Fry,” by Lisa Brennan-Jobs, “Convenience Store Woman,” by Sayaka Murata, “Florida,” by Lauren Groff, “Kudos,” by Rachel Cusk, “Freshwater,” by Akwaeke Emezi, “Immigrant, Montana,” by Amitava Kumar. Other popular choices were “Becoming,” by Michelle Obama, and “Girl, Wash Your Face,” by Rachel Hollis.
Stay warm, friends!!!