The WinterKids Winter Games are Returning this January & they’re going to be WILD!

My Wild Winter WinterKids Winter Games 2023

MARK YOUR CALENDARS for the 2023 WinterKids Winter Games:
January 9 – February 3, 2023

This year’s theme is “My Wild Winter,” and we’re excited to have schools across Maine join us for four weeks of fun, active outdoor learning opportunities.

Once again, the WinterKids Winter Games is bringing a little healthy competition to elementary schools across Maine. The four-week-long program, which spans from January 9th to February 3rd, features fun, active, and educational activities that get students moving and learning outside!

Schools can choose to apply to be one of the 16 schools in the Competitive Track, vying for a top prize of $5,000 cash, or participate in the flexible Play-Along Track. Either way, over 10,000 kids will be getting outdoors and active throughout the month of January!

6th Annual Winter Games Participation Tracks:

Competitive Track Label
  • 16 Schools across Maine are competing for cash and prizes (top prize is $5,000!)

  • Requires full-school participation

  • Each school is outfitted with a WinterKids Learn Outside Guide, a backpack filled with outdoor safety essentials, courtesy of our sponsor, Kittery Trading Post, and toolkits with our PLAYBook and weekly incentives for all participating students.

  • Access to our private Winter Games Facebook group.

  • Opportunities to win cash prizes from Central Maine Power Company!


Play Along Track Label
  • Classes can participate on their own or with other classes in the same school.

  • Registered classes are outfitted with our Winter Games PLAYBook and weekly incentives for all participating students (up to 10,000 children).

  • Access to our private Winter Games Facebook group.

  • Opportunities to win weekly prizes from WinterKids!


Our Winter Games PLAYBook Guides the Way!

Our easy-to-follow “My Wild Winter” Winter Games PLAYBook will guide your students through four weeks of fun outdoor learning challenges, with weekly incentives for all participating students (included with all toolkits).

Playbook Inside Peek
2023 WinterKids Winter Games Playbook Cover

Week 1

FOCUS: Outdoor Physical Activity

Wild Winter Journal

Week 2

FOCUS: Nutrition
INCENTIVE: Smoothie Cup

Smoothie Cups

Week 3

FOCUS: Family Engagement
INCENTIVE: Pedometer


Week 4

FOCUS: Winter Carnival
INCENTIVE: Recycled Disc Flyers

Flying Discs
Our students are much more aware of the fun they can have in these long winter months and it’s been wonderful to hear the positive feedback from our parents. It certainly made January fly right by!

-Nancy Stover, Prescott Memorial School, Washington ME

The activities gave us new, fresh ways to get the kids engaged outside. Students enjoyed the inquiry, and structure, yet freedom in the way they were able to carry out the activities. It also gave us a great chance to work together as a school, team, and community. “

-Karen Thurston, Andover Elementary

The community has been super excited, the whole school, there's been a different atmosphere and we're just really happy to be chosen to be part of this, this year.
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Hillary Hoyt
Teacher / Leroy H. Smith School
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
Win or lose, this has been a wonderful experience for our staff and our community.
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Ben Tripp
Principal / Ash Point Community School
Of course we want to win! But I feel like we've already won... It's an immediate result. You can see the difference in the kids."
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Crystal DaGraca
Principal / Swan's Island School
Ok, first and foremost, this is the COOLEST program.  The amount of thought that has gone into it is incredible.
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Sam Person
PE Teacher / Waterboro Elementary 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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School Nurse
Piscataquis Community Elementary School
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
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
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
This was truly an inspiration to the kids, staff and families to embrace the winters here in Maine, more than they already have.
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C. Agreste
School Nurse / Dayton Consolidated School

Winter Games 2022 News & Updates

5th Annual WinterKids Winter Games Photos, Results, and More!

Between January 17-February 11, 2022, over 12,000 students, teachers, and families participated in 4 weeks of “Olympic Games” themed WinterKids outdoor learning challenges!

2022 WinterKids Winter Games Awards Ceremonies

The 5th annual WinterKids Winter Games wrapped up in February with 22 schools competing statewide to win a total of $50,000 for their schools! This year’s 4-week series of challenges […]

2022 Winter Games Gallery of Play-Along Champions

This year, we expanded the WinterKids Winter Games to make it more accessible to more students, teachers, and families with our new Play-Along track! The result? Over 7,000 participants across […]

Winter Games Week 4 Moment of the Week

For week 4 of the WinterKids Winter Games (Winter Carnival Week), we asked our schools to submit a highlight reel, showcasing the very best of their Winter Games experience. Congratulations […]

Winter Games Week 3 Moment of the Week

For week 3 of the WinterKids Winter Games (Family Engagement Week, sponsored by Subway & Aroma Joe’s), we asked our schools to submit their favorite photo of the week. Congratulations […]

Winter Games Week 2 Moment of the Week

For week 2 of the WinterKids Winter Games (Nutrition Week, sponsored by Backyard Farms), we asked our schools to submit a Meme about the Winter Games. Congratulations to West Bath […]


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