Registration Open for the Fourth Annual WinterKids Winter Games

Registration Open for the Fourth Annual WinterKids Winter Games

Registration Open for the Fourth Annual WinterKids Winter Games

Free Resources Available for Maine Teachers in Kindergarten to Grade 8! 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 23, 2020 – Registration is now open for Maine teachers and families to participate in the fourth annual WinterKids Winter Games, a 4-week series of fun outdoor physical activity and nutrition challenges for kids.

“WinterKids has always thought ‘outside of the building,’ and this year is no different. With teachers, parents, and superintendents taking steps to allow kids to learn in safe, fresh air settings in the midst of the pandemic, WinterKids is timelier than ever,” says Julie Mulkern, WinterKids Executive Director. “In Maine, we have an even greater opportunity to access outdoor spaces in schools and at home – with the abundance of land available to use statewide,” says Mulkern. 

WinterKids’ Winter Games will allow for the participation of all kids, whether they are receiving in-person education or learning at home. Embracing outdoor learning helps to avoid the pitfalls of online learning and the negative effects of excessive screen time – particularly those in elementary school. WinterKids will provide resources for both teachers and parents to get their kids outside and active. This year’s weekly challenges (outdoor physical activity, nutrition, family engagement, and winter carnival) will align with themes of resilience, inclusion, community, and service. Families will receive a robust Playbook to use at home and weekly incentives and prizes. There is also a Move, Learn, Explore Facebook group for resource sharing, and downloadable activities on the organization’s website.

“We have adapted the Games to be less competitive and more inclusive this year,” says Marion Doyle, WinterKids Education Director. “Our program accommodates students learning in school or learning remotely at home. It is easy for teachers, families, and parents who are now part-time teachers to get their kids outside to move and learn!” 

WinterKids expects 400 teachers and 8,000 students and families statewide to participate. Teachers can sign up at www.winterkids.org until December 1, 2020. 


WinterKids is the nonprofit organization that helps children develop healthy lifelong habits through education and fun, outdoor winter activity. The organization delivers innovative outdoor programs for families, schools, and communities. WinterKids’ Major Community Sponsor is Hannaford.  WinterKids’ Supporting Sponsors are Agren, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, L.L.Bean, Portland Glass and WEX, and WMTW 8 and The CW. The WinterKids Winter Games is made possible with support from Backyard Farms, MMG Insurance, University of New England, Johnny’s Select Seeds, and Subway of Maine. Learn more at WinterKids.org.

Contact: Julie D. Mulkern, Executive Director

(207) 871-5700 x102 or (207) 671-4661

jmulkern@winterkids.org

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MOBILE, KID-CENTERED, TEACHER-APPROVED, RESULTS-DRIVEN, AND AWARD-WINNING

229,428

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

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

The shorter, darker, and colder days of winter and the increasing allure of screen time make it all too easy for kids and families to “hibernate.”  At WinterKids, we make it our business to provide kids, parents, and teachers with the right option: to get outside, get active, and have fun in the winter – and year-round.

Outdoor kids are active kids. Active kids are healthy kids. Healthy kids are happy kids. Happy kids are “winter kids.”

SEASON WRAP UP

FY2021

With outside being the safest and best place to be, WinterKids has truly thrived during the pandemic! We were able to reach nearly 27,000 kids, teachers and families in Maine and New Hampshire with creative adaptations for safe, outdoor adventures. Check out our 2020/2021 Season Wrap Up Report!

annual report

FY2020

We are so thankful for our WinterKids Family – sponsors, foundations, teams, friends, volunteers, board and staff – and most important, the KIDS we serve. 2020 was a fantastic year for our organization, reaching over 35,000 (!) kids, family members, and teachers with innovative, outdoor education programs.