This weekend's weather was pretty spectacular, so we took advantage of it and spent most of our time outside. Luckily there were some great local events that made that super easy (and so fun, hello s'mores)... First we went to West Mountain's Fire on the Mountain celebration with torch tubing, black light face painting, and a live band which Talley loved dancing to (she also totally dominated that outdoor dance floor with the disco lights, no one can handle those moves)...
Saturday we went to YMCA Camp Chingachgook’s Winter Wonderland day and it was incredible. As a former sleepaway camp counselor I was in heaven, and the camp itself is absolutely gorgeous. On the eastern shore of Lake George, at the foot of Buck Mountain, the camp is known primarily for its world-class summer camp programs, but YMCA Camp Chingachgook has expanded its offerings in recent decades to also include a variety of retreats, programs and partnerships all geared toward positively impacting the world through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. At their Winter Wonderland day lunch is provided and the event is totally free.
We walked around the camp trying out all the different activities: snow tubing, snow shoeing, hikes, crafts (the girls favorite), snow painting, the snow spiral, s’mores by the campfire, hot cocoa and Gaga ball (the boys favorite, we could barely pull them away from the Gaga ball tournaments). I have to add that the staff was so super friendly too, from helping the kids with the games and crafting, to showing us around camp, it was such a welcoming and comfortable atmosphere (that definitely made you want to stay longer). It wasn't long before Finn and Levy were begging me to sign them up for camp this summer, and part of me was wishing I was 10 years old again and could go to camp too, it is like the picture perfect camp experience, I'll have to settle for living the camper life vicariously through them (we are also going to try to do some family camping there this summer too).
I can't guarantee you'll have the same weather we had this past weekend, but I can guarantee that you will fall in love with YMCA Camp Chingachgook. Their next Winter Wonderland Day is on February 25th, programming starts at 10:00am and goes until 4:00pm. Get more info online here and call them at 518-656-9462 to RSVP!