Updated 4:00 p.m.
Just because Mother Nature has dropped a few inches of snow, doesn’t mean you can’t put on your snow boots, get the sled and, go out and have some fun.
Keeping in mind to stay safe and bundle up, the Department of Parks and Recreation has declared an official snow day for Saturday, January 4 at five parks across the city. The snow day will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
In Queens, the Parks Department will hold a snow day at Juniper Valley Park, at 78th Street and Juniper Valley North in Middle Village. During the snow day, free organized activities include supervised safe sledding, snowman building contests, best snow angel contests, friendly snowball fights, music, and complimentary hot chocolate.
Even though Juniper Park will be the only park in the borough to include free activities in the case of a snow day, here are other local parks you can visit for some fun in the snow and suggestions for sledding spots, courtesy of the city’s Parks Department. But remember to stay warm and be safe!
Astoria Park, Astoria, 19th Street between Shore Boulevard off Ditmars Boulevard
Bowne Park, Flushing, Small hillside on the 155th Street side of the park
Cunningham Park, Oakland Gardens
Crocheron Park, Bayside, 35th Avenue opposite Golden Pond
Forest Park, Mary Whelan Playground at 79th Street and Park Lane South
Hermon A. Macneil Park, College Point
lower Highland Park, Jamaica Avenue & Elton Street
Kissena Park, Flushing, Eastside of Lake: enter Metcalf and 164th Street