Monday, December 22, 2014

Craft: Five Ways to Make Reindeer Food (magical)

We don't leave just cookies and milk out for Santa. We want to make sure the reindeer have enough energy to travel around the world in one crazy night.

We are always looking for ways to get Santa's reindeer off the roof and into our backyard. Honestly, I believe that the reindeer are a bit intimidated by all of the wild deer.

One way to bring the reindeer a little closer would be to set off some of their favorite foods. Since reindeer are similar to regular deer, we made a mix that would be good for the reindeer, birds and whitetail deer.

Please make sure you sprinkle reindeer food only on your own property because it will attract other wildlife such as birds and larger mammals. Also check on your area regulations on domesticated animals or wildlife, including Santa's reindeer.

First to make sure you don't put out items for animals that kill, choke or harm them in any way. That includes processed sugars, glitter or plastics.

Reindeer Food Recipe

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Diane Chase's Adirondack Family Time™ Calendar for December 22-28, 2014


DON'T FORGET TO SCROLL DOWN FOR THE EVENTS IN YOUR REGION OF CHOICE!
By Diane Chase, author of the Adirondack Family Activities™ guidebook series, Adirondack Family Time™


The Adirondack Weekend Highlights for December 22-28, 2014.  
MERRY CHRISTMAS

Best Bet! 

EVENT CALENDAR
Lake Placid, Saranac Lake, Tupper Lake/ High Peaks Region and Beyond 
What to do with kids, family fun in Tupper Lake, Lake Placid, Malone, Paul Smiths, Bloomingdale, Gabriels, Wilmington, Jay, Upper Jay, Keene, Keene Valley New York (NY)

Wednesday - 12/24/14 
8:30 am - 4:30 pm Whiteface Mountain is open. 
10 am - 7 pm Dewey Mountain Recreation Center, Saranac Lake is open for skiing and snowshoeing on marked trail. Be cautious around New Lodge construction
noon Skate with Santa at the SL Civic Center ($5)

Thursday - 12/25/14 Merry Christmas
8:30 am - 4:30 pm Whiteface Mountain is open. 

Friday - 12/26/14
8:30 am - 4:30 pm Whiteface Mountain is open. 
9 am - 4 pm High Falls Gorge reopens for the season 
9 am - 4 pm Olympic Sports Complex (self-guided)tour at the bobsled, luge track $
9 am - 4 pm Olympic Jumping Center (site access only) Chairlift/elevator will resume in late Dec. 
9 am - 3:30 pm Paul Smith's VIC trails are open. ($) Call 327-6241. 
Adirondack Family Time guidebook for Lake Placid
Saranac Lake and the High Peaks
Over 300 four-season activities
including 33 easy hikes, 19 swimming holes
snowshoe/XC ski trails, trivia, maps
and more. 
Best Bet 9 am - 4:30 pm XC/snowshoe at Mt Van Hoevenberg Center, Lake Placid (weather dependent) Call 518-523-2811 for conditions)
9 am - 5 pm Cascade Cross-Country Ski Center is open for season. 
9 am - 6 pm The Climbery at High Peaks Cyclery is open
10 am Lake Placid Olympic History Tour at the Olympic Center, Lake Placid, $10/one hour
10 am - 7 pm Dewey Mountain Recreation Center, Saranac Lake is open for skiing and snowshoeing on marked trail. Be cautious around New Lodge construction
10 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. The Wild Center is open
10 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Lake Placid Olympic Museum is open
10 am - 3 pm Historic Saranac Lake Laboratory Museum is open
noon  Bowling opens at Romano’s Saranac Lanes in Saranac Lake
 1-3 pm Public skating at the Olympic Oval (weather dependent) Call 518-523-2445
1 pm Lake Placid Olympic History Tour at the Olympic Center, Lake Placid, $10/one hour
2-7 pm Snow tubing at the Olympic Jumping Complex, Lake Placid ($10/hr)
3 pm - 2 am Bowlwinkles Bowling, arcade and laser tag, Lake Placid
7-9 pm Public Skating at the Lake Placid Olympic Oval (weather dependent) Call 518-523-2445

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Diane Chase's Adirondack Family Time™ Calendar of Events for December 19-21, 2014


DON'T FORGET TO SCROLL DOWN FOR THE EVENTS IN YOUR REGION OF CHOICE!

By Diane Chase, author of the Adirondack Family Activities™ guidebook series, Adirondack Family Time™


The Adirondack Weekend Highlights for December 19-21, 2014.  

Best Bet! Bring A Child To Gore, Adirondack Carousel Christmas Party, Pendragon's Live Radio Play, Free movie at Lake Placid Palace Theatre, Adirondack Lakes Center for Arts Soup Social, Old Forge Library Christmas party, Snow Tubing at Olympic Sports Complex and  Pisgah, Ski McCauley Moutain, Gore, Whiteface, West and Oak are open; Join in Lake George Village Walk
EVENT CALENDAR
Lake Placid, Saranac Lake, Tupper Lake/ 
High Peaks Region and Beyond 
What to do with kids, family fun in Tupper Lake, Lake Placid, Malone, Paul Smiths, Bloomingdale, Gabriels, Wilmington, Jay, Upper Jay, Keene, Keene Valley New York (NY)

Friday - 12/19/14

8:30 am - 4:30 pm Whiteface Mountain is open. 
9 am - 4 pm High Falls Gorge open for the season 
9 am - 4 pm Olympic Sports Complex (self-guided)tour at the bobsled, luge track $
9 am - 4 pm Olympic Jumping Center (site access only) Chairlift/elevator will resume in late Dec. 
9 am - 3:30 pm Paul Smith's VIC trails are open. ($) Call 327-6241. 
Adirondack Family Time guidebook for Lake Placid
Saranac Lake and the High Peaks
Over 300 four-season activities
including 33 easy hikes, 19 swimming holes
snowshoe/XC ski trails, trivia, maps
and more. 
9 am - 4:30 pm XC/snowshoe at Mt Van Hoevenberg Center, Lake Placid (weather dependent) Call 518-523-2811 for conditions)
9 am - 5 pm Cascade Cross-Country Ski Center is open for season. 
9 am - 6 pm The Climbery at High Peaks Cyclery is open
10 am - 7 pm Dewey Mountain Recreation Center, Saranac Lake is open for skiing and snowshoeing on marked trail. Be cautious around New Lodge construction
10 am Lake Placid Olympic History Tour at the Olympic Center, Lake Placid, $10/one hour
10 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. The Wild Center is open
10 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Lake Placid Olympic Museum is open
10 am - 3 pm Historic Saranac Lake Laboratory Museum is open
11:30 am Lake Placid Olympic History Tour at the Olympic Center, Lake Placid, $10/one hournoon  Bowling opens at Romano’s Saranac Lanes in Saranac Lake
 1-3 pm Public skating at the Olympic Oval (weather dependent) Call 518-523-2445
1 pm Lake Placid Olympic History Tour at the Olympic Center, Lake Placid, $10/one hour
BEST BET! 2-7 pm Snow tubing at the Olympic Jumping Complex, Lake Placid ($10/hr)
3 pm - 2 am Bowlwinkles Bowling, arcade and laser tag, Lake Placid
7-9 pm Public Skating at the Lake Placid Olympic Oval (weather dependent) Call 518-523-2445
7 pm Pendragon Theater presents "It's A Wonderful Life: Live Radio Play" $10
7:30 pm Lake Placid Center for the Arts presents "An Adirondack Christmas" Local musician celebrate the holidays Adults/$14, Students/Sr/$12, Child/$7

Monday, December 15, 2014

Craft: How to Make a Felt or paperclip Ice Skate Ornament

My daughter was home sick today so she helped me make our latest Christmas felt ornament. We created two versions, one out of wool felt and the other out of paper.

The felt version is a bit complicated, but not so challenging that my 11-year-old with a stomach bug couldn't complete it.

The paper version is a great option for younger children who can use scissors and glue. Parents may still want to lend a hand, because it's fun to make together!