Mid-Missouri is seeing its first significant snowfall today since the famed “Snowpacalypse” back in 2011. The blizzard dropped over 18 inches of snow, shutting Columbia and the surrounding areas down for days.
While today’s snowfall won’t be a big as the “Snowpacalypse”- most estimate between four and eight inches – a lot of schools and businesses in the area have decided to shut down for the day.
With that in mind, here are five fun ideas to do on a snow day in the Columbia area.
Is there a better snow day activity? For those that do love to get out in the snow, there is nothing quite like the adrenaline rush of whisking down a hill in a sled or toboggan.
Here in Columbia, the go-to sledding spot is Stephens Lake Park. The park has designated sled hills on the east side of Stephen Lake. The hill is open whenever there are 4-6 inches on the ground and can be accessed from the Broadway entrance.
Here is a look of the sledding conditions at Stephens Park.
2.) Snow Ball Fight:
Depending on the type of snow, snow ball fights can be a great snow day activity. However, if there is a wintry mix of snow and ice on the ground, snow ball fights may take a turn from lighthearted to dangerous very quickly.
During snowstorms, the Francis Quadrangle on Mizzou’s campus has been the place to congregate for massive snow ball fights. While there does not seem to be one scheduled for today, that does not mean that you can’t get one organized.
3.) Play Football:
For football lovers, snow days are the best way to play a game of tackle football without any pads. If there is enough snow on the ground, it provides a perfect cushion to fall on without hurting yourself. Make sure the snow is deep enough before you start tackling each other, though.
Stankowski Field on Mizzou’s campus is the spot for any pick up game of football. However, if you can’t make the trek to campus, any backyard will do.
4.) Hot Chocolate:
After hours of fun in the snow, there is no better remedy to thaw out your frozen fingers and toes than a piping hot glass of hot chocolate. Of course, no glass of hot chocolate is complete without an unnecessary amount of marshmallows on top.
If you are close by, Kaldi’s on 9th St. makes a mean glass of hot cocoa.
5.) Snuggle up by a fire:
If you are not a fan of snow, there are still things you can do to enjoy your snow day inside.
If you have a fireplace, get a nice warm fire going. Snuggle up beside it with your favorite book or movie, or drift off into a wintry induced siesta.
If you don’t have a fireplace, break out your favorite pair of pajamas, find the warmest, softest, blanket in your house and cuddle up on the couch for a day of relaxation and leisure.
Whatever you choose to do, make sure that you bundle up and be safe. Driving conditions are very dangerous.
A recommendation: only do these activities today if they are within walking distance. If you are not, the snow should still be on the ground this weekend once the roads are clear and safe.