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Join us for the 2022 Edition of the WinterKids Winter Games!

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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!

One school from each of Maine’s 16 counties will be competing in our Competitive Track for cash prizes, and EVERYONE will be able to play along at home or at school in our Play-Along Track for chances to win weekly prizes.

The application period for the competitive track is open through October 31, 2021!

How will your students participate?


  • All participating schools will win cash prizes, including $10K for Gold, $7.5K for Silver, and $5K for Bronze medals!

  • One school from each of Maine’s 16 counties will be selected to participate

  • Requires full-school participation


  • Anyone can play! Schools, classrooms, homeschool families & afterschool programs are all welcome! (up to 4000 children)

  • Every student will receive the 2022 PLAYBook and incentives!

  • Non-competitive format allows for go-at-your-own-pace activities

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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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
Governor Janet Mills’ Message to WinterKids Winter Games 2021 Participants

We are honored to share this special message from Governor Janet Mills to WinterKids Winter Games 2021 Participants! Hello Maine students! This is Governor Janet Mills. As someone who grew […]

Week 1 Winners in the 2021 WinterKids Winter Games

We’re proud to announce the official winners for week 1 of the WinterKids Winter Games, focused on outdoor physical activity and health circles!

Week 2 Winners in the 2021 WinterKids Winter Games

We’re proud to announce the official winners for week 2 of the WinterKids Winter Games, focused on food & nutrition!

Week 3 Winners in the 2021 WinterKids Winter Games

We’re proud to announce the official winners for week 3 of the WinterKids Winter Games, focused on family engagement + Social & Community Service.

Week 4 Winners in the 2021 WinterKids Winter Games

We’re proud to announce the official winners for week 4 of the WinterKids Winter Games, focused on winter celebration and winter fun!

Seth Wescott Congratulates WinterKids Winter Games 2021 Participants

Congratulations to all of our WinterKids Winter Games 2021 Participants! WinterKids spokesperson, and two-time Olympic Gold Medalist, Seth Wescott shares a special message for you all…You are, indeed, proof of […]

WinterKids Winter Games 2021 Moments of the Week-FULL GALLERY

Check out these incredible Moments of the Week, submitted by participating schools in the 2021 WinterKids Winter Games!

WinterKids Winter Games 2021 is In the Books!

Video Credit: DeLaite Films This year, more than ever, kids and teachers were happy to get outside and play in the WinterKids Winter Games. 7,275 children and 304 teachers in […]


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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.”



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!

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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.