Winter is here and it’s time to get outside and play! There are plenty of fun things to do with your kids this season, and there’s no better time than the first snowfall of the season to bundle up and go sledding with your family. Here are three steps to the best sledding on Long Island:
- Step 1: Bundle Up
Once some snow has accumulated and you and your family have had some breakfast, it’s time to hit the hills! Be sure to dress in waterproof garments including ski pants, gloves, and a jacket. It is important to dress both yourself and your children in layers. This means also layering gloves and socks. Wearing knit gloves and socks under waterproof mittens and boots will help protect sensitive areas from the elements. Anyone whom is sledding should wear a helmet – preferably one designed for skiing or other winter sports – as well as other protective gear.
- Step 2: Choose a Location
If you’re unfamiliar with parks in your area, call your Town Hall office and ask for suggestions. Inquire about hours of operation, weather restrictions and any accumulation rules before heading out. When choosing a hill or slope, avoid icy areas or those with obstructions such as trees, poles or fences. Never sled in the dark, near a parking lot, or too close to traffic. Always avoid hills that are too steep or don’t offer enough of a landing for the sled to come to a complete stop. When sledding with others, remind children to take turns and be attentive to their surroundings. It is important that children go one at a time, or in pairs to avoid collisions.
- Step 3: Get Sledding!
Make sure your children are using an age-appropriate sled that they are able to control. Although plastic disc-style sleds may be a great choice for an older child, younger children may do better on a classic wooden sleigh or runner sled. Remind children to remain on the sled while it’s moving, and to always face-forward, never backwards or standing up. Lastly, don’t forget to treat yourselves to a hot chocolate after a full day of sledding!