Backyard Winter Playground

Wintertime Amusements

by Dawn Chipman
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If freezing temperatures and snowbanks are making your family dream of days warm enough for water slides and the beach, you've come to the right place. What you'll find here is a winter playground that offers all the fun of a summer resort or amusement park--without the hours of travel, expense, or long lines. To open your own Snowflake Park, just follow the links below and learn how to create the attractions in your own yard or local park. (Be sure to check out the accompanying insider tips from our park-itects.) Then hand out free passes to your friends and watch your winter blues melt away.

Rapid Snow Slide
Create a curvy downhill run for a snow tube thrill ride

Treasure Island Hunt
Hide a chest full of loot for young castaways to track down

Snow Chateau
Stack and spray beautiful rainbow-colored ice castles

Snowgusta National
Set up a frosty green golf course complete with obstacles

Snow Mosaics
Open an outdoor art gallery featuring all-natural self-portraits

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