Families try to stay warm while sledding

MIDLAND (WJRT) - (01/01/18) - It's cold outside, but that doesn't mean staying inside for everyone.

"That's why we're out, we've been cooped up, so trying to get out and enjoy the day," said Brice Somers, who was sledding with his children at Midland City Forest on New Year's Day.

The hill was busy with parents wanting to spend a little more time with their kids before heading back to work and school after Christmas vacation.

Enjoying the outdoors on frigid days like Monday means extra work for parents.

"You gotta layer up and make sure we've got our faces covered," Somers said.

"Gloves, hats, snow pants, boots, socks, long sleeve shirts," said Cathy Hart, who was sledding with her three children and husband.

Hart said she doesn't take chances on very cold days. Even she had on several layers.

"Actually I'm quite sweaty underneath of all this," she said.

But sometimes layers aren't enough, so her best advice is to, "just keep moving."

Somers said he often takes a break from the fun.

"Only stay out for about 30 minutes and go warm up," he said.

Sledding was fun for the family, but some parents have another motive for getting the kids outside in the fresh: Crisp air.

"We're going to get them to sleep really good tonight," Hart said.

Midland City Forest has lights so the sledding hill is open daily from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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