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WinterKids teams with city for annual Welcome to Winter Festival

All Maine kids welcome!
Jan 10, 2020

Portland — The Welcome to Winter Festival, hosted by WinterKids and Portland Parks, Recreation and Facilities, will give hundreds of Maine kids the thrill of sledding, tubing, snowshoeing, ice skating, and so much more! It takes place Saturday, Jan. 18, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., at Payson Park.

The 14th annual family-friendly event, presented by Anthem and supported by Diversified Communications and AAA of Northern New England, is free and open to the general public.

WinterKids will introduce a variety of outdoor winter activities complete with hot cocoa and coffee from Coffee By Design and snacks from the St. Brigid School and Better Business Bureau. Don’t miss Scout Troop One from Portland demonstrating winter camping skills as they keep the “warm-up station” toasty throughout the festivities. Festivalgoers will enjoy music and local mascots including Oakie (Oakhurst), and L.L.Bear with the L.L.Bean Bootmobile and the Portland Mariners’ own Beacon. WMTW Channel 8 Meteorologist Sarah Long will emcee the event.

“Our mission is to help children develop healthy lifelong habits through education and fun, outdoor winter activity,” said Julie Mulkern, executive director of WinterKids. “This event is a true community effort that showcases many welcoming, fun activities to help families stay healthy outdoors in the winter. Come join us!”

Children and their families will get a chance to take part in these fun winter activities:

• Sledding / Tubing (children are encouraged to B.Y.O.S., Bring Your Own Sled)

• Inflatable rafts on the sledding hill courtesy of Adventure Bound!

• Snowshoeing and snow tubing with L.L.Bean’s Outdoor Discovery School

• Ice Skating with Portland Gear Hub

• Winter Camping Skills and Fire Pit Warming Station with Scout Troop One in Portland

• A new WinterKids toddler zone with snowbank sledding, snow painting and more

• L.L.Bean Boot Toss

• WinterKids Scavenger Hunt with Prizes

• Photo Booth with Better Business Bureau

• Clothing giveaways courtesy of Renys and hand warmers courtesy of Kittery Trading Post

The park will be closed to traffic starting at 10:30 a.m. For parking, Custom Coach will run a shuttle from the Ocean Avenue School parking lot to Payson Park from noon to 3 p.m.

Thank you to sponsors and partners: Anthem BCBS, Diversified Communications, AAA of Northern New England, Portland Parks, Recreation and Facilities, Portland Police Department, Portland Fire Department, L.L.Bean O.D.S., Renys, Portland Gear Hub, Adventure Bound, Headlight AV, Paricon Sleds, Ocean Avenue School, Kittery Trading Post, Coffee By Design, Oakhurst, St. Brigid School, Custom Coach, Better Business Bureau, Friends of Payson Park, and Scout Troop One, Portland.

WinterKids is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit that seeks to help children develop healthy lifelong habits through education and fun, outdoor winter activity. This year, WinterKids will reach 29,000 Maine and New Hampshire children through family programs, school programs, and community events. WinterKids’ Major Community Sponsor is Hannaford. WinterKids’ Supporting Sponsors are Agren, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Irving Oil, L.L.Bean, Portland Glass, WEX, and WMTW Channel 8 and Maine’s The CW. Learn more at


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