33 best things for kids in Tahoe this winter

Courtesy Treetop Adventures

Tahoe Weekly puts together an annual Ultimate Tahoe Winter Bucket List each season of the best activities, outings, events and more to do. This year, we’ve added a version just for the kids. Explore all that Tahoe has to offer this winter on and off the slopes. Details at TheTahoeWeekly.com; click on Events Calendar.

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  1. Take in a magic show at The Loft.
  2. Make homemade hot chocolate.
  3. Make snow angels.
  4. Practice making snowballs.
  5. Have a good, old-fashioned snowball fight.
  6. Use your skills at the Tahoe Donner Snowball Throwing Contest on March 31.
  7. Take the kids sledding.
  8. Enjoy s’more fun with the family with special events all season: Northstar’s S’morey Time, Après S’mores at Squaw Valley, Get S’mores Saturdays in Kings Beach and S’moresapalooza at Northstar.
  9. Try a Treetop Adventure Park. Yes, the ropes courses are open in the winter.
  10. Take the kids to an indoor climbing wall. They’ll love it.
  11. Spend the day at the Tahoe City Winter Sports Park – ice skating, sledding, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.
  12. Enjoy tubing, snowman building & more Jan. 26 at Tahoe Donner.
  13. Enter Kirkwood’s Tahoe Junior Freeride Series on Feb. 2 and 3, with it moving to Mt. Rose on Feb. 8.
  14. Kids rule at Squaw’s Kid-O-Rama from Feb. 16 to 24.
  15. Pack a picnic and spend the day at Tahoe Meadows – snowshoeing, sledding, snowmobiling & skiing.

    Courtesy Woodward Tahoe
  16. Record snowflakes. Order a Stories in the Snow Citizen Science kit.
  17. All kids love fire trucks, snow cats and groomers. Take them to Big Truck Day at Squaw on Feb. 18 to enjoy them all.
  18. Little ones will have a blast at Tahoe Tot Spot in South Lake Tahoe with activities for ages 8 and younger.
  19. Join the fun at the annual Glowstick Parade & Carnival on Feb. 23 at Tahoe Donner Downhill. Kids 10 and younger who can ski or ride unassisted in the dark on the Snowbird run can join the Glowstick Parade.
  20. SnowFest! Enjoy family friendly activities for all ages during the 10-day winter carnival from Feb. 28 to March 10.
  21. Help devour a 200-foot banana split at the Banana Split Extravaganza on March 16 at Tahoe Donner Downhill.
  22. Families can tube to the sounds of a DJ was Disco Tubing every Saturday at Squaw Valley until March 23.
  23. Enjoy Friday Fun Nights every Friday until April 5 at Northstar with disco lights on the ice skating rink, face painting, live music and more.
  24. Enjoy the Winter Fireworks every Saturday at Squaw through March 30.
  25. Make it a family affair and enter the local downhill dummy contests held each spring at Diamond Peak on March 24 and Tahoe Donner Downhill on April 14.
  26. Take a free Young Eagles airplane ride the second Saturday of the month of ages 8 and older with the Experimental Aircraft Association in Truckee.
  27. Get creative at the free Kids Art Saturdays at the North Tahoe Arts Center on March 3, March 31, May 12 & June 9.
  28. Visit the KidZone Museum in Truckee with fun activities designed for ages 7 and younger.
  29. Practice your snowman-making skills, then enter the Snow-Man Building Contest on March 2 at Tahoe Donner Snowplay.
  30. The kids will have a blast at Woodward Tahoe with foam pits, an indoor skate park and pump track and much more.
  31. Take a turn on the ice. Enjoy local community rinks in Tahoe City, Truckee and South Lake Tahoe, and at local resorts.
  32. Learn about Tahoe environmental and natural history at the Tahoe Science Center with kid-friendly science exhibits for ages 8 and older.
  33. Catch snowflakes on your tongue.

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Katherine Hill
Katherine first moved to Tahoe in 1998 and has been in love with the Tahoe Sierra region since. She has been in the journalism field for more than 25 years and has worked for daily and weekly newspapers and magazines, as well as online publications and Web sites, as an award-winning writer and editor. In the fall of 2013, Katherine became only the third owner of the Tahoe Weekly magazine, and today serves as its Publisher and Editor In Chief. She also volunteers as a board member on of the Tahoe City Downtown Association, a commissioner on the North Tahoe Regional Advisory Council and is a member of the TBID Advisory Committee for the North Tahoe Community Alliance. She is also a past commissioner of the U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Federal Advisory Commission.