mother-daughter cold weather adventure ideas

There isn’t much I like doing better than exploring nature with my daughter, Savannah, who is almost 9.  She is super fun and always down for the next adventure.  Come winter, it can be tempting to stay inside by the fire, but there are so many great things to do outside during the cold season.  I was feeling a bit stir crazy today, so I grabbed Savannah, our matching Minnetonka moccasins, some trail mix and headed up Mt. San Jacinto for some mountain adventures.

minnetonka slippers #ohsofamous

I just renewed our family’s annual passes for the Palm Springs Aerial Tram this week.  The tram is the largest rotating aerial tram in the world and it is pretty amazing.  I feel fortunate to live so close to something so cool, so we go up a lot, especially me and Savannah.

palm springs aerial tram #ohsofamous

Winter in Palm Springs is quite pleasant.  The days are mostly still sunny and warm with cold, desert nights.  I love it.  Love it.  However, I also love the mountains and snow, so when I’m feeling restless, I travel up the tram.  In about 11 minutes, you are up close to Mt San Jacinto Peak where the temperature is about 30 degrees cooler.  Today it was 27 degrees!

palm springs aerial tram #ohsofamous

This trip wasn’t a snowball fight type like we had this past weekend.  I just wanted to go up and breathe in the fresh mountain air and relax in the lodge at the station.  Snowballs and snow angels next week.  So today Savannah and I wore our matching Minnetonka slippers, which are SO cozy and SO warm – perfect for lounging at the lodge.


Savannah’s Minnetonka Britta Slippers are always on her feet when we are at home.  They are the perfect slipper for cold days, especially when you have freezing tile floors like we do!  I particularly love the dusty pink color which surprisingly goes with everything.  She says they are very comfortable, especially after a week of wearing and they have broken in <– I agree.


While Savannah’s slippers are pretty great, I’m partial to my cranberry Minnetonka Moccasins from Famous Footwear.  These are the Britt Trapper Slipper kind and they are the coziest slippers I’ve ever worn.  I bought an additional pair from Famous Footwear in a different style after just a few days of wearing these cranberry ones — I needed more!  For more fabulous holiday shoe options, check out the Famous Footwear #ohsofamous style gallery!


Spending the afternoon in the San Jacinto Mountains is one of my favorite winter activities, but there are lots of other winter adventures to take with your little ones:

  • winter sports.  Skiing, snowboarding and snow tubing are always great ideas (double taps for skiing, since that is my favorite) but there are other less obvious options like snow-shoeing, tobogganing and snowmobiling.  You might be surprised by all of the extra activities your local ski resort offers!
  • winter camping.  I loathe camping during the summer months so I am all high fives for winter camping.  All that changes during winter camping is more clothing, more blankets and… more blankets.  Snuggling up with my family in a tent full of bedding with a roaring campfire outside is just how I want to spend every winter night!  Just don’t forget the thick socks, gloves and pom-pom hats.
  • winter picnic.  Bring on the flannel blankets, earmuffs and warm thermoses!  Create a great homemade soup, some hot cocoa and spend the afternoon breathing the fresh winter air, enjoying the scenery.
  • winter bird feeding.  Help out the birds during this season when it can be difficult to find food that isn’t buried in snow.  This is a fun afternoon craft project that will pay off all year long.  Incorporate birdwatching into the fun and now the kids have an extra hobby during winter break.

Happy adventuring!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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