Snow days are something that every parent either dreads or loves and in my experience as a parent there is no in between. Snow storms here in Northern Michigan can open come on unexpectedly but most times we do get a warning a head of time. Snow days here in Northern Michigan are usually called by 5-6am by our local superintendents. Once school has been officially canceled you can check local news sites such as 9 and 10 News and UpNorth Live. Our local elementary school also have a parent Facebook Group where PTO members will post if school is closed or letting out early.
I’m honestly not a huge fan of winter driving and I work from home so I welcome snow days as a day to stay in and chill out with my kids. I live here in Northern Michigan my entire life but the older I get, the less I like winter driving so as long as my work is caught up I can enjoy a day home with guilt-free with my kiddos.
If you are wondering what a snow day entails I’ve put together a fun list of tips to help you prepare for a snow day!
7 Snow Day Tips
- Make sure you have your snow scraper and shovels. That first day of snow is always the toughest because most times we don’t have the snow scrapers in our vehicles yet. I know I’m often in a rush and get frustrated that I cannot find them in the garage, pole barn or wherever else my husband may have stored them over the summer.
- Stock up on snacks and snow day food – Make sure you have the essentials: breakfast items like milk and cereal or bagels and cream cheese, snacks and whatever else your kiddos like. Stocking up before the snow hits will help save you a trip into town or the local party store where you’ll end up spending more money!
- Make sure you have some FUN essentials – hot cocoa and the ingredients for making cookies. If you feel less inclined to make homemade cookies, grab some store bought cookie dough. The kids will love helping you in the kitchen and snacking on their homemade treats!
- Rent some movies – Most of us already stream our television shows and movies so check out Netflix, Hulu and Google Play Store for some fun new movies to watch with the kids while enjoying your snow day.
- Play Games – Snow days are a great time to play some board games and enjoy time as a family so shut off those electronic devices and have some fun playing classic games like Tenzi, Monopoly and Sorry!
- Have all the snow gear and snow toys in one designated area. Just like the snow scraper and shovels, it helps to know where everything is at. Our kids keep all their snow gear in our mud room and they are not allowed to walk through the house wearing it.
- Have a back up child care plan – I know not all parents can stay home with their children on a snow day so make sure you check with friends and family and that might be willing to help out. My kiddos are a little bit older and I wouldn’t hesitate to ask a friend if they could hang out with their kids for the day.