With winter rearing its chilly head in most parts of the country, it’s time to focus on avoiding cabin fever and bundling up your kids for some outdoor fun. At this stage of the cold weather season, finding deals on winter gear can be tough, and spending a fortune on one item that your child will grow out of before you know it, is out of the question. Opt for mid-winter season sales and save by buying one for this year and the next size up for winter 2015.
Kids think they are invincible, especially during the winter when snow is in abundance. But as every parent knows, a good baselayer can make a world of difference when it comes to preventing colds and even frostbite, on the coldest days. Backcountry.com has peruse-worthy savings all year long and as the winter season moves on, the discounts get steeper.
Outfit your son in the SmartWool Midweight Zip Top ($47.96), which features merino wool and helps adjust temperatures based on whether he is in hot pursuit on the mountain or in cool down mode. In addition, if your son is headed toward the teen years, SmartWool’s fabric will also help with any odors after outdoor fun.
For your active girl, the Icebreaker BodyFit crew neck ($27.99) also features merino wool as well as flexibility for extreme winter sports. The super-soft crew has a UPF 50 so that she can feel comfortable while she plays in the strong alpine sun.
Once your child is set with a warm baselayer, the next step is finding the right jacket to sustain that warmth and repel the winter chill.
The Mountain Warehouse Sugar Girls Snowproof Insulated Hooded Ski Snowboarding Jacket ($52.99, Amazon.com) will protect any active gal from getting wet while making snow angels. The snow-proof Protection System Kids Coat, Girls Chevron-Print Puffer Jacket ($29.99, Macy’s) will make a snow bunny out of her as the adorable faux-fur trim and color palette will give her a chi-chi entrance on the slopes.
Keep their little mits warm during everything from snowball fights to ski trips with protective mittens and gloves.
L.L. Bean’s Kids’ Cold Buster Waterproof Gloves ($22.95) are great for kids who like to get hands-on with the snow. These gloves come in multiple colors, so they’re perfect for any child on your list, plus the fleece cuffs and straps keep melting snow from entering the interior and getting the kids’ hands wet.
Your little terrors can tromp in the snow and slush care-free with the right pair of boots. Target has some great, affordable and stylish options for winter-weather footware. Girls will love the pink detail and warm, faux fur on these Nadia Winter Boots ($34.99) with a non-skid tred and boys will benefit from the adjustable enclosure strap on these Arctic Cat Redcliff Boots ($34.98), which will keep tootsies warm in up to -25 degrees.
The finishing touch goes a long way with winter gear and wrapping it up with a super-cute scarf will do the trick.
The SO® Monster Paw Muffler Scarf – Girls ($10.40, Kohl’s) has a cute embroidered animal print, while the Toby Fair Isle Knit Scarf – Girls ($4.99, JCPenney) shows off Fair Isle jacquard and skull and cross bones.
Wherever your winter activities may take you, make sure your little ones are well equipped for snow day fun.