The best places to toboggan when it snows in Yakima
You could almost hear a simultaneous cheer of joy from children all over Yakima when they learned it was a SNOW DAY! When there is a school day with no school due to the huge snow dump, you can bet there are lots of opportunities to play in the snow. There are all kinds of fun things to do in Yakima on a snowy day, like sledding and more.
TO MAKE A SNOW MAN
You can build a SNOWMAN (or Snow Person)! Dress them up in old hats, scarves, random sticks, and baby carrot noses. For a tutorial, see this family making their own snowman on YouTube.
EAT THE SNOW
You can EAT SNOW! (I don’t recommend it but hey, you kids do it!) This guy on YouTube filmed himself savoring the flavors of freshly fallen snow out of his car. Yum! (Disgusting! Lol)
MAKE SNOW ANGELS
You can make SNOW ANGELS! I never understood why people like to do this. I tried it several times in my childhood and I was not a fan!
You can challenge someone to a SNOWBALL BATTLE! look these kids throw snowballs Washington State Police Officers.
SKIING IN THE LOCAL PARK
You can go SKIING IN A LOCAL PARK! (Don’t believe me, keep an eye out for Franklin Park. Someone is probably shoveling a path on the catwalk right now with their skis.)
WRITE IN THE SNOW
You can WRITE THINGS IN THE SNOW! (I like to write my name with little hearts all around.) This video shows a parent writing “Snow day, kids home, send help!” ” in the snow.
BUILD A SNOW FORT OR BUILD A SNOW TOWN
You can BUILD A SNOW FORT, especially if you have a knack for this sort of thing! This video shows how build a snow fort using a regular old shoebox!
GO ON ICE FISHING
You can go ICE FISHING! (There’s someone right now sitting on top of that frozen pond off I-82 West, and they’re ice fishing there!) In this video you can watch these people go ice fishing inside their tent.
MAKE SNOW SNOWS
You can MAKE SNOCONES! (You don’t have any flavorings? You can use maple syrup as a these guys suggest.) Rochelle’s test kitchen also shows us how to make snow cones from real snow, as seen in this youtube video.
TAKE YOUR ANIMAL IN THE SNOW
My daughter, Willow, decided to dress our black cat Fluffy in her new Christmas sweater and take her for a walk in the snow. Fluffy hated it and ran to our front door. He had NONE of this frozen mess. If Fluffy could speak, we would have heard him say:
look this short video of a cute black kitty (who isn’t Fluffy) strolling quietly in the snow. SO CUTE!
You can also go sledding!
Here are some of the best recommended places to go sledding in the snow in Yakima:
Roosevelt Elementary School
120 N 16th Ave, Yakima
The doors aren’t locked, so swarms of children and their families grab a plastic sled or trash can lid and slide down the school hills. My kid and I did this a year with friends and the kids had a blast. Parents, be sure to bring lawn chairs and hot chocolate. (Don’t worry, I won’t tell anyone if you bring fortified cocoa.)
2101 Tieton Drive, Yakima
When I first moved to Yakima and it had snowed a lot, my church friends at the time invited me to toboggan on the hills of the park. In fact, I’ve seen kids give up on sleds and they threw themselves into the hills and slipped on the buttocks of their ski pants. Talk about HARD CORE!
West Valley Jr.
7505 Zier Road
This place comes highly recommended by the local Yakimite Abby Fowler. Thanks Abby!
Mountainview Elementary School
830 Stone Road
Another great suggestion from Abby Fowler!
Appletree Golf Course
Who would have thought you could sled in the golf course? There are some hilly spots which make it a great place to go sledding in Yakima. Shout out to Brittney Johnson for this great recommendation.