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5 Ways to Prepare for Kids’ Winter Activities

It’s finally cold here in NYC, which means that winter is coming soon—and the start of kids’ winter activities is not too far behind. Unfortunately the days of running around jacket-less in the park are over and walks to kids’ classes, play dates, and activities will be much colder—and possibly very snowy! Before winter rears its ugly head, here are a few ways to get ready.

Child in snowClothes for bundling. Of course you’re going to get your child a winter coat and some cold weather accessories, but don’t wait until the snow arrives—get them all now! The last thing you want is the first snow to fall and you’re stuck overnighting a pair of snow pants so your little one can play outside with the other kids. Necessities to put on your list: a heavy jacket (but beware of coats so puffy your child can’t move), waterproof mittens/gloves and clips to keep them attached to the jacket, a warm hat, snow pants, and snow boots.

Stroller accessories. Since we use our strollers like cars here in NYC, it’s no wonder that there are so many accessories for easy winter-proofing. Keep your little one warm with a stroller sleeping bag like the JJ Cole Polar BundleMe, and for yourself, you’ll need handwarmers, like the 7A.M. Enfant Warmmuffs, which are like mittens that attach to the handle of your stroller. And if you have a Bugaboo stroller, they carry Rough Terrain Wheels, which are made for navigating snow-packed streets. Whatever stroller you have, you can be sure there are winter accessories to come with it.

Screen Shot 2014-11-15 at 8.56.33 PMTrial Classes. Right now is the perfect time to sign up your little one for a trial class—before kids’ winter activities officially start and the weather is  too miserable to trek out several times a week to try everything out. To book a trial class, search the Kidz Central Station homepage by class type, age, and neighborhood; select the check box for Trial Class; and see what classes are available. After your child’s trial class, you can easily return to book him or her for the winter semester.

Screen Shot 2014-11-17 at 11.29.28 AMShare winter classes with your friends. Once you find the right class for your child, using Kidz Central Station you can easily share it with friends who may want to sign up too. Look for the “Share this with your friends” box on the right-hand side of every page, where you can share the class via Facebook or email. It’s so easy you don’t even have to open your email to do it!

Scout out indoor activities nearby. All NYC neighborhoods have kid-friendly hangouts and activities—you just have to find them! Neighborhoods like the Upper East Side and Upper West Side have access to several great kid-friendly museums. Midtown has interactive kids’ shopping at places like FAO Schwarz and the LEGO store. Downtown you’ll find great kids’ boutiques to poke around in and more museums to visit. And every area has its share of kid-friendly restaurants and spots for open play. If you check out what’s close to your apartment now, you’ll be ready when those first few snowflakes start to fall.