Organize a Sled-Fest
Fact: Kids want to do far more sledding than parents want to chaperone. If you have a bunch of youngsters on your street, organize parents into a rotation and take turns supervising. Over the course of a day, six kids from three different families can add up to three hours of sled time, but only one shift each for three busy moms.
Swing for the Snowbanks
Sinker, slider, snowball? For a tear-free twist on the traditional snowball fight, adapt America’s favorite pastime. All you need is a plastic bat, a few practice swings, and you’re ready to play snow baseball.
Grilled cheese—with or without tomato soup—is practically a no-brainer, but fancy it up and make it an event. Have a grilled cheese bar: Put out bread (whatever slices you have on hand) and grated ends of cheese from the fridge (mozzarella, Parmesan, that bit of Gouda you didn’t know what to do with). Add pots of jam, caramelized onions, tomato slices, bacon, pickles, apples, raisins—we used marinara and spinach. Then elevate lunch to a dining experience: Enlist older kids to set the table and light candles; put younger kids to work making place cards. Custom place mats (cut from that pile of newspapers) turn the everyday task of setting the table into a fun project.