It may have been a cold day last Saturday, but visitors to Winter Fun Day at Mosquito Hill Nature Center were comfortable enough.
An extra layer of wool or down was needed, but the sun-drenched, smiling faces indicated a good time had by all.
Outside action was on the slopes behind the nature center buildings, starting with a dog sled team that took winners of a free raffle around a loop in the upper meadow.
Directly behind the center’s building a sledding hill entertained dozens of children. Old time toboggans built some muscles up as youth hauled them up the hill. Five tractor tubes were tied together and probably were the highlight of the hill for most.
A series of fun games kept people moving. A sleeping bag sack race, Eskimo Pie eating contest, Frisbee toss and slingshot game rounded out the hillside fun.
Let’s not forget the snowshoe trails were prime for stomping in. The wooded lowlands provided excellent scenery for those who chose to explore the greater outdoors. Ice hockey (or slap stick) was another sport featured off the trails.
Warming up inside was fun too. The great room hosted Luna, an Alaskan Husky, her sled and materials for learning about sled racing. Down the hall was a craft room, art exhibit and all the education rooms were open to explore. A campfire, hot chocolate and hot chili warmed the winter enthusiasts and made for a great way to get outside and brush away the winter blues.
Mosquito Hill has plenty of snowshoes available each weekend until the snow is gone.