Helping kids develop healthy habits in the Outdoors since 2000.

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Our 5th Annual WinterKids Winter Games are happening January 17-February 11, 2022, and they’re going to be bigger than ever!

Registration Now Open!

For our 10th Year Anniversary, we’re adding new elements and celebrating in a big way! Join the fun, and help us reach our $1,000,000 goal!

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Mobile, Kid-Centered, Teacher-Approved,
Results-Driven, and Award-Winning

WinterKids is the only nonprofit in Maine dedicated exclusively to increasing outdoor physical activity in children and families during our longest, most sedentary season.

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Students, Teachers and Families Impacted in Maine & New Hampshire since 2010!

COVID-19 UPDATE

We are continuing to follow the most recent recommendations and guidance from the State of Maine and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in regard to COVID-19. Upcoming programs and events may be restructured, postponed, or canceled for the safety of our WinterKids families.

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How We Make an Impact

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Our 5th Annual WinterKids Winter Games are coming from January 17-February 11, 2022, and they’re going to be bigger than ever!
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YOUR TICKET TO OUTDOOR WINTER FUN!

Find great deals on downhill skiing and riding, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, ice skating, winter clothing, and equipment.

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Looking for ideas to increase physical activity in your classroom or home childcare? Register for our virtual training on the WinterKids Guide to Outdoor Active Learning binder!
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Our Learn Outside Guide makes it easy for elementary teachers to integrate fun, outdoor activities into their winter lessons– all while meeting education standards.
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Our Areas of Impact

SCHOOLS

Outdoor Fun
MOVE! LEARN! EXPLORE!
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    Virtual Training for Pre-K Educators
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    WinterKids Winter Games (January/February)
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    Coming Soon: WinterKids Learn Outside Guide for Elementary Educators
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    Other Resources for Educators

FAMILIES

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GET OUTSIDE! BE ACTIVE! HAVE FUN!
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    The WinterKids App: Your Ticket to Outdoor Winter Fun!
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    WinterKids Family Days
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    Free, Easy to Implement Activities & Printables
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    The Mike and Barbara Peisner Nordic Fund

COMMUNITIES

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THE SNOWBALL EFFECT!
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    WinterKids Story Walk Available on Loan (All Season)
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    Kids Snowshoes Available on Loan (All Season)
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    Carnaval ME (February)
COMMUNITY FUNDRAISING EVENTS
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    License to Chill Silent & Live Auction (November)
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    Downhill 24 at Sugarloaf Mountain (March)
I think the WinterKids Guide to Outdoor Active Learning binder is great!! There are so many things that can be done to help get kids moving, yet connect it back to many areas of education as well. ELC is an alternative school for students who just can't seem to work in a public school setting. We generally try to do activities that do get them outside and moving since the kids we work with tend to do better with hands on activities.
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Stephanie Tyler
Early Learning Center, New Hampshire
We love the family days for skiing, the cost savings allows us to ski more each winter.
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Anonymous
We tried cross country skiing for the first time & we all liked it. Lots of fun & a great discount on kids rentals.
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Heike Gondolfo, Scarborough
Kudos to you and this organization for mapping out such a wonderful program for Maine schools. I have been blown away by every aspect of this initiative.
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Christine Bertinet
Principal / Waterboro Elementary School
We were able to ski affordably and wouldn't have gotten to do this without the app. We also tried ice skating for the first time.
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Celeste Emery, North Yarmouth
Because of this competition, my family is now rethinking our snack choices and making healthier ones, our kids and community have formed a wonderful bond coming together for one goal, and you managed to get a Mom, who hates winter and the cold, outside embracing the beauty of Maine having fun with her kids.
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Dayton Consolidated School Mom
How do you combine a community, school, home, nutrition, exercise, team, kids, parents, teachers, school spirit, awareness, and fun? Participate in WinterKids Winter Games!! Seriously had no idea how amazing this would be and what our community was capable of! The support and Camaraderie is incredible. What a positive experience this has been for our kids and all the parents too!
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Christina Barber
Being a parent and a WinterKids volunteer is a wonderful way to give back, but it also brings it full circle for me. My employer supports WinterKids and encourages my participation which makes it so easy to volunteer! Oh, and don't forget the WinterKids staff, they have FUN written all over them!
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Erin Embrey
WinterKids Volunteer / TD Bank
It has been inspirational to watch our community unite around a common purpose of healthy, active kids.
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Sarah Maxwell
Assistant Principal / Waldo T. Skillen School
I am SO thankful for the impact this Winter Kids competition has on our kids. In this short time, the changes in attitudes, physical activity, even the helpfulness of students was very heart-warming.
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Piscataquis Community Elementary School
We loved our WinterKids materials. The kids had so much fun using the animal track tracker. We spent many afternoons looking for new animal prints.
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Toby Watt
Wee Care Daycare, New Hampshire
WinterKids provides an opportunity to directly impact kids so they develop a love for the outdoors and learn how to make good choices about food and lifestyle. That excites me!
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Derrick Hill
WinterKids Board President / Oldcastle Materials, Inc.
I had such great opportunities growing up to ski and snowboard in the Maine mountains, so I am glad to give back by reaching out to kids and encouraging them to get outside and participate in healthy winter sports. WinterKids creates those opportunities for kids.
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Seth Wescott
Two-time Olympic champion in the snowboard cross / Winterstick
The WinterKids Guide to Outdoor Active Learning has brought so much to our school, not just in ways that keep the children physically active but also in ways to keep them engaged socially and emotionally. Many of the activities are geared to get the children working together and becoming a team, no winners, no losers...just kids having fun.
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Penni Theriault
The kids were so excited to go outside and therefore were more engaged in the lesson. It was also a great way for me to get a quick check in on the where the kids were with these skills.
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Kate Moore
Brown Elementary, New Hampshire
Let's just say several parents told me their students were sleeping better at night and at school we've had much less behavior issues this week! Two very big positives for WinterKids Winter Games challenge week #2!!
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C. Ellis
Principal / Miles Lane Elementary
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Upcoming Events

Jan 2022
17 January 2022
Maine & Beyond, Maine
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WinterKids Winter Games 2022

This year, over 11,000 kids and teachers will be participating in the 5th Annual WinterKids Winter Games! They will complete 4 weeks of WinterKids “Olympic” Winter Games challenges with their friends and families, and YOU can play along too!

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27 January 2022

L.L.Bean Family Ski Days at Saddleback Mountain (Thursdays, 1/6-3/17)

L.L.Bean is hosting Family Ski Days at Saddleback Mtn! Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Register Early - Limited to first 250 to register per day. Registered Attendees pay just $49 for All-Mountain Access Lift Tickets.

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27 January 2022

L.L.Bean Family Ski Days at Black Mountain (Thursdays & Fridays, 1/6-3/25)

L.L.Bean is hosting Family Ski Days at Black Mountain Thursdays & Fridays from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. all winter long! Attendees pay $15 for Thursday lift tickets, and $25 for Friday lift tickets w/$5 skinning both days!

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New On the WinterKids Blog

Winter Games Week 1 Moment of the Week

For week 1 of the WinterKids Winter Games (Outdoor Physical Activity Week), we asked our schools to submit highlights from this year’s opening ceremonies. Congratulations to Leroy H. Smith School […]

Registration Open for WinterKids’ 10th Annual Downhill 24 at Sugarloaf Presented by Agren

Registration is open for the 10th annual WinterKids Downhill 24 at Sugarloaf on March 4 – 5, 2022. Presented by Agren, the WinterKids Downhill 24 is a 24-hour ski and snowboard challenge to raise money for WinterKids programs – to help more kids build healthy habits through outdoor, winter activity. This is the only night of the year to ski under the lights at Sugarloaf.

Winter Games 2022 Opening Ceremony at Mast Landing Elementary

The WinterKids team joined Mast Landing Elementary in Freeport, Maine for their 2022 Winter Games opening ceremony on Friday, January 14, 2022. Here are a a few photos!

WinterKids Kicks Off Fifth Annual WinterKids Winter Games in Maine Elementary Schools Statewide

The 5th annual WinterKids Winter Games will kick off this month with 22 schools competing statewide to win a total of $50,000 for their schools!

Contact Information

Address:
506 Main Street, Suite 10, Westbrook ME 04092
Phone:
207.871.5700
E-mail:
hello@winterkids.org
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