Central Park Winter Newsletter 2022

Hi Dee Hi Central Park families,

I hope this winter newsletter finds you nice and warm! I have been keeping myself busy planning for my family’s winter break and wanted to share a few cool events and activities I came across.

If you haven’t already, head up to the Harry Potter Forbidden Forest experience in Northern Westchester. My kids and I went a couple of weeks ago and It was truly magical. They did a phenomenal job with the lighting and recreating exciting moments from the books and films. It’s stroller friendly, so don’t hesitate to bring the littles.

One of my favorite annual winter exhibits is the NY Botanical Garden Holiday Train show. Who doesn’t love miniature New York and tiny trains?! Open now thru January 16, 2023!

My family are big skiers. While this winter we will be heading up to (frigid) northern Vermont, there are plenty of local (or local-ish) hills closer to the city for a day trip.

Some great beginner hills are at Mt Peter and Hunter, but our favorite “small-scale” ski destination is Ski Big Bear at Masthope Mountain. A quick 2.25 hr drive out to Pennsylvania makes this spot just far enough away to avoid city crowds, but just close enough for a long day trip.

If you want to stay local, head to our summer home, Central Park, for a glide across the ice at Wollman Rink.

If you’d rather keep warm inside, here are some craft ideas that are great for kids of all ages!


Salt Dough – this simple recipe can be used to make whatever you want. Grab some winter holiday cookie cutters, make some shapes, and let dry. Feel free to paint your creations once they have dried! Make paper weights, ornaments, and gifts for family!

4 cups All-Purpose Flour
1 cup Table Salt
1 ½ cups Warm Water
Add Glitter (paint, and ribbon, for decoration)
Add Polyurethane Spray (for preservation)

Paper Penguins! Grab some orange, black, and white construction paper, glue, a pair of googly eyes, and a pair of scissors to create these LOVEly penguins!

Cut a black oval out for the body, one skinny white heart for the tummy, and three orange hearts. Two will be for the penguin’s feet and one for the beak (make that heart pointier at the bottom).