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New Jersey Winter 2012: Fun Outdoor Places to Go and Things to Do
From Bergen to Cape May County, if you're looking for outdoor actIvities in New Jersey, you'll find them on Point Media's network of NJ county websites. Here are a few great NJ winter activities:
Mountain Creek, located in the Appalachian Mountains of nearby Vernon, New Jersey, is spread out across four peaks. The mountain’s recently renovated snow tubing park has been expanded to offer 30 lanes that can accommodate up to over 100 tubers an hour.
Tubing rates are by the hour ($20/per person Thursday and Friday; Saturday, Sunday, and Holidays evening; $25/Saturday, Sunday, and Holidays daytime). Also new this season is Family Tubing Night every Friday, when entire families [4 to 6 people] can enjoy an hour of tubing for $59.
Many tubing fanatics consider this to be the region's ultimate snow tubing
For more details, visit http://www.yourmorris.com
Cross Country Skiing in Somerset County
The low-impact, total body workout of cross country skiing has many health benefits. It's a great cardio exercise, an effective calorie burner, provides a sensational endorphin high and it's lots of fun!
Cross Country Skiing is available at Spooky Brook Golf Course on Elizabeth Avenue in Franklin Township (908-873-2242)
The Environmental Education Center in Basking Ridge has several miles of trails suitable for cross-country skiing when weather conditions permit. The trails are mostly level and wide, making this beautifully rustic area particularly suitable for beginners or novice skiers. Please bring you own ski equipment.
The Center is open every day from 9:00 am-5:00 pm (except on certain holidays). No single skiers allowed, so please come with a partner or friends. Skiing is only allowed when there is more than four inches of snow on the trails and only on those areas identified for skiing.
For more information, visit http://www.yoursomerset.com
How to Make a Great Snowman!
Chances are your kids will be out building snowmen this winter. Here are some tips to help them build a snowman that the entire family will be proud of.
First of all, make sure the kids are dressed properly for the cold, wet weather. Dress them in layers and make sure boots, gloves and mittens are warm and water resistant. If you try to make a snowman with wool or knit gloves, it won't be long before hands are cold and wet and everyone is unhappy.
Gather items you will need to decorate your snowman such as a carrot for the nose, small twigs in the yard for arms/hands, small charcoal briquettes oreo cookies, black olives for the eyes, smile & buttons, etc. Red licorice whips can be used for a mouth as well. Also, make sure you have a hat and scarf you don't mind sacrificing. Try to keep your decorations as nature-friendly and organic as possible since you will need to retrieve them from outside when the snowman melts.
It's best if the snow is a bit on the wet side as opposed to the powdery white stuff that's great for skiing. Just a touch more moisture gives your snow ball rolling the ability to stick together and not just crumble frustrating both child and parent. Take a sample handful and try to form a small snowball. If it packs well, then it's of snowman-making quality.
If the snow is packing well, begin with a small hand-held snowball size, place it on the ground and begin rolling. Rolling can be a very difficult and acquired skill for some children. So, try to show them how it's done. You'll want to roll straight for awhile, and then to the side a bit to form a nice big ball. You'll need three of these with the bottom ball being the largest to support the weight of the other two on top. As each ball becomes the proper size (and, the proper size is determined upon how big your snowman is), help your child lift it up on top of the bottom ball. If you are building a large snowman, you will need to lift the second and third balls and set them into position. If you need help, use a shovel being careful that children are out of the way when you do.
Now you're ready to decorate. This is the step that gives your snowman personality and makes them "come alive" for your child.
Once you're all done, you can come inside to warm up with some hot chocolate and stories about snowmen. Some cute children's snowmen books are: Winter Friends, by Carl R. Sams; Snowmen: Creatures, Crafts and Other Winter Projects by Peter Cole; The Snowman Story Book by Raymond Briggs; Frosty The Snowman by Jack Rollins just to name a few.
As silly as it sounds, you might need to prepare younger children for a nice farewell. When the snowman begins to melt, some children become very sad to see their "snow friend" go - Like on Frosty The Snowman. So, take lots of pictures while the snowman is still intact and make a game out of the snowman melting. If the weather is very cold, and it takes awhile for the snowman to melt entirely away, you can play guessing games about how much shorter you think the snowman will get today. By the time the snowman completely melts, it's not so traumatic as they eagerly await to see more and more of the snowman shrink.
The entire experience of building a snowman with your child, from the gathering decorative materials to watching it melt, will sink deep into their childhood memories. Hopefully, they will one day pass on the fun of building their own family snowman with their children.
For more information visit http://www.myhudsoncounty.com
Skiing Programs for Kids at Campgaw Mountain in Mahwah
Visit Campgaw Mountain in Mahwah, New Jersey this winter and introduce your child to a lifetime of healthy family fun.
Campgaw's exclusive kids skiing programs focus on safety, fun and learning. Whether your child is just learning to ski, or already perfectly comfortable on the mountain, you can rest assured they will be having as much fun as you are!
Campgaw programs are tailored to teach your child the joys of skiing and snowboarding, plus the fun and excitement of our outdoor winter environment.
Private and group lessons are available for children starting at age 3.
For more information, visit http://www.mybergen.com
2012 Winter Races and Fun Runs in New Jersey
New Jersey has a robust calendar of running events throughout the year...and winter is no exception!
Here are a few New Jersey races and fun runs to hopefully inspire you to stay in shape during the long, cold winter months!
Resolution Run 5K
Winter Trail Series 5 mile, 10 mile and half-marathon
Super Sunday 4 Miler
Cupid's Chase 5K
March 17 (Still winter!)
SDA Spring Thaw Run
For more information, visit http://www.yourhunterdon.com.
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