Best Places to Go Sledding When It Snows in Yakima

You could almost hear a simultaneous cheer of joy from kids all over Yakima when they heard the news that it is a SNOW DAY! When there is ever a school day with no school due to the humungous dump of snow you can bet there's lots of opportunities to play in the snow. There are all kinds of fun stuff to get into in Yakima during snow days, like sledding and more.

BUILD A SNOW MAN

Build a Snowman
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You can build a SNOWMAN (or Snow Person)! Dress them up in old hats, scarves, random sticks, and baby carrot noses. For a tutorial, check out this family making their own snowman on YouTube.

EAT THE SNOW

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You can EAT THE SNOW! (I don't advise that but hey, you do you, kids!) This guy on YouTube filmed himself savoring the flavors of freshly fallen snow off of his car. Yum! (Gross! lol)

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MAKE SNOW ANGELS

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You can make SNOW ANGELS! I have never understood why people like to do this. I tried it a few times in my childhood and wasn't a fan!

SNOW BALL FIGHT

Snow Ball Fight
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You can challenge somebody to a SNOW BALL FIGHT! Watch these kids throw snow balls at Washington state police officers.

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SKIING IN THE LOCAL PARK

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You can go SKIING AT A LOCAL PARK! (Don't believe me, keep your eyes on Franklin Park. Somebody is probably shoveling a path on the walkway right now with their skis.)

WRITE IN THE SNOW

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You can WRITE THINGS IN THE SNOW! (I like to write my name with little hearts all around it.) This video shows a parent writing "Snow Day, Kids Home, Send Help!" in the snow.

BUILD A SNOW FORT OR BUILD A SNOW CASTLE

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You can BUILD A SNOW FORT, especially if you have a talent for that sort of thing! This video shows how to build a snow fort using a plain old shoe box!

GO ICE FISHING

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You can go ICE FISHING! (There is somebody right now sitting on top of that frozen pond off I-82 West, and they are fishing there UNDER THE ICE!) In this video, you can watch these folks going ice fishing inside of their tent.

MAKE SNOW CONES

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You can MAKE SNOCONES! (Don't have any flavors? You can use maple syrup like these guys suggest.) Rochelle's Test Kitchen also shows us how to make snow cones from real snow, as seen in this YouTube video.

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WALK YOUR PET IN THE SNOW

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My daughter, Willow, decided to dress up our black cat Fluffy in his new Christmas sweater and take him for a walk out in the snow. Fluffy hated it and ran back to our front door. He was not having ANY of that frozen mess. If Fluffy could talk, we would have heard him say:

 

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Watch this short video of a cute black kitty (that is not Fluffy) taking a leisurely stroll in the snow. TOO CUTE!

GO SLEDDING

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You can also go SLEDDING!

Here are some of the best places recommended to go sledding in the snow in Yakima:

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Roosevelt Elementary School

Roosevelt Elementary in Yakima
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120 N 16th Ave, Yakima

The gates are not locked so swarms of kids and their families grab a plastic sled or garbage can lid and slide down the hills of the school. My kiddo and I did that one year with some friends and the kids had a ton of fun. Parents, make sure to bring some lawn chairs and hot cocoa. (Don't worry, I won't tell anyone if you bring spiked cocoa.)

Franklin Park

Franklin Park in Yakima
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2101 Tieton Dr, Yakima

When I first moved to Yakima and it had snowed considerably, my church friends at the time invited me to go sledding down the rolling hills at the park. I actually saw kids forgoe the sleds and they threw themselves down the hills and slid on the butts of their ski pants. Talk about HARD CORE!

West Valley Jr. High School

West Valley Jr. High
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7505 Zier Rd

This spot came highly recommended from local Yakimite Abby Fowler. Thanks, Abby!

Mountainview Elementary School

Mountainview Elementary School in Yakima
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830 Stone Rd

Another great suggestion from Abby Fowler!

Appletree Golf Course

Appletree Golf Course in Yakima
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Who would have thought you could go sledding at the golf course? There are hilly places that make for a great sledding spot in Yakima. Shout out to Brittney Johnson for the great recommendation.

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