Grab your warm weather gear, bundle up your children and join the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection’s (DEEP) No Child Left Inside® tenth annual free Winter Festival at Burr Pond State Park, 384 Burr Mountain Road, Torrington. A full range of fun, outdoor winter activities for the entire family will be happening on Saturday, Feb. 6, from 10 to 3.
“Join us outdoors with family and friends for an unforgettable winter experience at Burr Pond State Park. Try your hand at ice fishing and actually reeling in a fish, learn how to snowshoe, and play winter games at DEEP’s annual Winter Festival,” said Commissioner Robert Klee. “Year after year, families look forward to this festival where they can spend the day outdoors, bonding with each other, meeting new friends, and participating in good old-fashioned fun.”
The festival is free and there is no registration required. Everyone is welcome to attend.
Come out and enjoy a day full of outdoor adventure. Activities will include ice fishing, fish fry, snowshoeing, ice sculpting, wildlife tracks, ice safety rescue demonstrations by the Torrington Fire Department, visits from Resources in Search and Rescue, winter games, a marshmallow roast and bonfire.
Ice fishing equipment and instruction will be provided by DEEP’s Connecticut Aquatic Resources Education (CARE) instructors. Dress for the cold weather and bring your skates.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) www.healthychildren.org has some valuable tips on how to keep your children safe and warm on a cold winter day.
- Dress infants and children warmly for outdoor activities. Several thin layers will keep them dry and warm. Don’t forget warm boots, gloves or mittens (to keep hands warmer), and a hat. Layering is a good idea; so are moisture-wicking fabrics and clothing that’s geared to the sport.
- The rule of thumb for older babies and young children is to dress them in one more layer of clothing than an adult would wear in the same conditions.
- Set reasonable time limits on outdoor play to prevent hypothermia and frostbite. Have children come inside periodically to warm up.
- The sun’s rays can still cause sunburn in the winter, especially when they reflect off snow. Make sure to cover your child’s exposed skin with sunscreen.