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I'm wondering what types of big outdoor events kids in your city or town go to--something ten-year-olds might go to with their teenage siblings. Places with lots of people and something special going on. Bonus for things that happen in winter. Thanks!
#1 - August 17, 2017, 09:56 AM
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We sometimes have a WinterFest in our city - snowslides, sleigh rides, dog sleds, sliding parties, outdoor skating parties in the parc with live music &/or bonfire & free hot chocolate, etc. We also have another winter festival that takes place at the same time but one is more music oriented and the other is kid oriented.  I suppose some kids might go sans parents if they live in the city (my kids are that age yet!). Winter tends to be a bit quiet other than that. Don't forget the Santa Parade - may be daytime or night time parade (in the dark) - & New Year's Celebrations, Christmas markets, etc.

Other events - free concerts in the park, festivals, etc. We even have a big labour day picnic with live music, activities for kids, free BBQs, etc.  In the summer there are events all the time.  We also have an indoor bouncy castle type event during the winter.
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Kids might go to an outdoor skating rink or tree lighting ceremony. Some come with music and other festive things like Santa. Some zoos have special winter events and the botanical gardens here has a toy train show. A lot is holiday themed and only a little is free.
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In the fall, corn mazes are popular along with pumpkin/Halloween type activities.
#4 - August 17, 2017, 09:25 PM

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A river walk with winter holiday tents was popular activity for the whole family when we lived in Redmond, WA. Also a holiday light show combined with carnival type rides and bands.
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We have a beautiful zoo in Houston, and from November through January, they have a special event called Zoo Lights. During this time, the zoo is open after dark. Only a few animals are on view; it's mostly about walking through the beautifully lit trails. Great for all ages.
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When we lived in Michigan's Upper Peninsula options might be dogsled races, ski jump events, luging, scouting events, fishing contests...and county fairs anywhere.
#7 - August 18, 2017, 07:24 AM
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Thanks so much everyone, blueboards are great! It's good to see that in a way local events are same as they ever were. Corn mazes is something I'll have to look up, sounds great, never heard of them even though there was plenty of corn near where I grew up. Dog sled races, wow Katie now that's an awesome event. I didn't realize there are ski jump spots in Michigan either. River walks, skating, zoo events, reading the list makes me want to go out a lot! Hmm, okay now back to planning . . . thanks again and anyone else who thinks of interesting, odd, people-full outdoor events keep 'em coming of course.
#8 - August 21, 2017, 04:43 AM
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Corn mazes are very big in Utah. They are fields of corn that have mazes plowed into them. Corn easily grows taller than most people, so once you are inside, it can be challenging (and fun) to find your way out. The mazes take a lot of planning on the owner's part. There are often refreshments and other fun activities associated with the mazes. It is something teens can do on their own with younger siblings tagging along.
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And winter sleigh rides! (Or hay rides in autumn.)

Also, the towns we've lived in (Midwest) have downtown Christmas walks in early December, where businesses are open in the evening and have food and drinks, and the library has craft projects to do. People wander around from business to business as they see fit. It would be a good way to get siblings together and away from their parents if that's your goal--parents usually let their kids go on ahead of them.

One town had a Santa parade, too, as the last event of the evening.
#10 - August 21, 2017, 12:10 PM
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Our local firehouse will send Santa on a truck to your house if you make a donation. He comes with helpers and candy canes. Folks invite friends who bring food to donate also and they serve hot chocolate and other treats. It's a great way to celebrate the season and fill up the food banks. The sirens blare and the trucks are decked out in holiday fair.
#11 - August 29, 2017, 11:08 AM
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Debbie, this sounds like a great idea. Win/win all around.
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We're a volunteer department, so it really is all community spirit from the firemen to the homes that host.
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We're a volunteer department, so it really is all community spirit from the firemen to the homes that host.

That's the best!
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