What to do on a snow days in the U.P.?

MARQUETTE — Snow day season is officially upon us and while children get elated after hearing those two words, it can put some extra stress on parents.

So what is there to do on a snow day rather than playing in the snow? Marquette County offers a variety of kid-friendly activities that can entertain children for a whole day. One stop is the Upper Peninsula Children’s Museum.

Children of all ages are invited to stop by and partake in any of the activities offered.

“We can pick up animals, give them a cuddle and make them feel warmer. We can make things, play things, dress up, and move quickly, it’s the best place,” said U.P. Children Museum Manager, Jim Edward.

Another stop that is ideal for children who don’t mind getting a little chilly is the Lakeview Arena. Open skate is offered from one to three p.m. each day and skates can be rented out in any size. On average, between eighteen and twenty-five students come to skate on a snow day.

“We have a lot of opportunities for the kids to come out, try some public skating. We have different varieties from drop in figure skating to drop in hockey, to just regular skating,” said City of Marquette Parks and Recreation Coordinator, Andrew MacIver.

Lakeview Arena’s neighbor, the YMCA is also a fun spot for children to get their energy out on a snow day. Specific programs have been designed for students who have school off in the area.

“Snow days can be stressful for working parents and the YMCA offers great programs for kids on their days off. We’re here from 7:30 to 5:30 p.m. for kids’ ages 5 through 12. It’s just a great day of organized games and activities,” said YMCA Program Director, Laura Murawski.

Visiting the Upper Peninsula Children’s Museum, the Marquette YMCA, and Lakeview Arena are just some suggestions that can get children off the couch on a snow day.