Kid-Friendly Snow Activities: Snow Parks for Toddlers on the East Coast

Snow tubing can be a lot of fun for the whole family. But what about families with toddlers or preschoolers in tow? Fortunately, there are several East Coast resorts and tubing parks that have carved out winter play and kiddie tubing areas especially for young children to the delight of parents up and down the coast.

Wintergreen Resort – Ridgely’s Fun Park

Photo Courtesy of Wintergreen Resort

Many little ones see and touch snow for the very first time when they take their first winter vacation to the mountains. Wintergreen Resort, located in Virginia about an hour north of Lynchburg, has a special area set aside for these young children. Ridgely’s Fun Park is best for toddlers and preschoolers that are too young for the big thrills of Wintergreen’s popular tubing park, The Plunge. In fact, Ridgely’s Fun Park has its own tot-sized tube run complete with a slow-moving magic carpet to reach the top; perfect for kids 5 and under (and their parents too!) There’s also a tube merry-go-round for the littlest ones who just want to sit back and enjoy. With soft blocks, snow tunnels, toys and more, Ridgely’s Fun Park is the perfect introduction to winter fun. Rigdely the Bear also makes appearances at the park, which is typically open on weekends and holidays in reservable one-hour time slots.

Check out Trekaroo’s full guide to Wintergreen Resort.

Cataloochee Ski Area – Wee Bowl Snowplay Area

sledding with kids toddlers

The snow in North Carolina is not as far away as you think! Catalooche Ski Area is one of most southern areas in the east to enjoy winter fun, and it is less than four hours from Atlanta. Just four miles from the ski area, Tube World in Maggie Valley offers tubing for adults and children at least 42 inches tall; there is also an adjacent tubing area, the Wee Bowl Snowplay Area, with a shorter tube run for tots not quite tall enough for the big hill. Maggie Valley’s Wee Bowl Snowplay area is first come, first served and is only open when snowmaking allows — so it’s best to call ahead before suiting up your little ones.

Find more snow tubing parks in North Carolina.

Liberty Mountain Resort – Pebble Ridge Kiddie Tubing

Photo by Melissa Moore

Roundtop Mountain Resort, Whitetail Resort, and Liberty Mountain Resort are three sister ski areas located across southern Pennsylvania that offer plenty of opportunities for snowy winter thrills to Mid-Atlantic families. Liberty Mountain Resort, the closest to Washington DC, is arguably the most popular ski area in the region due to its convenient location near Gettysburg. However, all three ski areas have similar features including fast tubing runs open to children age 5 and up as well as adjacent kiddie tubing areas especially for tots too small for the big hill. At Liberty Mountain, Pebble Ridge Kiddie Tubing caters to children under 5, and affordable day passes to the area allow families to come back again and again all day long.

Check out more family-friendly ski resorts in Pennsylvania.

Killington Resort

Photo Courtesy of Killington Resort

Does your little one want to ski like mom and dad? Killington Resort has ski and snow play programs available for children as young as two years old. Children ages 2-3 can participate in Killington’s First Tracks Slide & Play lessons, which include a 1-hour small group lesson inserted into the regular day at the Friendly Penguins Child Care Center. The equipment is all included! First Tracks private lessons are also available for 2-3 year old tots excited about learning the skills to join their families out on the slopes.

Check out Trekaroo’s full guides to Kid-Friendly Fun at Killington Resort and Pico Mountain. 

Tubby Tubes Co. Outdoor Fun Park – Tiny Tubes Area

No skiing here, just more than ten lanes of snow tubing at Tubby Tubes Co. Outdoor Fun Park in Lake Luzerne, New York. You’ll find tubing lanes for all skill and adventure levels, including a Tiny Tubes area that features the very gentle Cub Run and Bear Run for the smallest children in your family.

Explore more places to play in the snow in New England.

Thanks to Erin Gifford of Kidventurous.com who wrote the original version of this article.

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Melissa Moore is one of Trekaroo's Travel Experts located in Washington DC. She's a mom to two energetic young children who wake up at the crack of dawn asking, "Where are we going today?" Being a Coast Guard wife gives her a new "hometown” to explore and a cross country road-trip to plan every few years. Recently, she left her native California behind and now has the privilege of introducing her kids to all the history that the Nation's Capital has to offer.
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