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Ravell Call, Deseret News
Mason Holmes works in Midway on Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016, to build the Midway Ice Castles.

January is the worst. Christmas festivities are over, and spring seems a million years away. As a mom, the mid-winter doldrums are real and exhausting.

So I always like to have a few family activities ready to go that will get us out of the house and out of each other’s personal space for at least a few hours.

Here are some of our top go-to winter activities in the Salt Lake area:

1. Midway Ice Castles: We first took our kids to the ice castles last year, and it was like the creators of this amazing attraction interviewed a bunch of 7-year-olds to find out their wildest ice-mansion dreams. With little caves, hidden nooks and crannies, and even ice slides, the ice castles will keep the kids entertained. If you go, make sure to bundle up in boots and snow pants or you’ll be leaving wet. (See icecastles.com/midway.)

2. Slopes: We started taking our kids skiing when they were 5 years old and after just a few lessons, they can now snowplow behind us down most of the easier runs. Skiing is a pricier winter activity, so check out the Ski Utah Passport (skiutah.com/passes/passports) for 5th and 6th graders that gives them day passes to all of Utah’s slopes.

3. Indoor fun: Don’t forget all the best indoor activities that can keep the kiddos entertained until the parks warm up. Some of my favorites include the Museum of Natural Curiosity at Thanksgiving Point in Lehi, the Discovery Gateway Children's Museum in Salt Lake and the Natural History Museum of Utah at the University of Utah. The Wasatch Front also has several indoor pools, including the massive Provo Recreation Center, as well as indoor play places and bounce houses such as Kangaroo Zoo.

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4. Snow fun: If your kids are craving some bigger sledding slopes than the backyard, Gorgoza Park in Park City may be the spot for you. Kids can slide down the tubing hill or take a turn on mini snowmobiles.

5. Olympic experience: With the Winter Games around the corner, take your kids to see and experience what it’s like to be an Olympic athlete. Race down the bobsled run at the Olympic Park in Park City, take a spin on the ice at the Olympic Oval in Kearns or try cross-country skiing at Soldier Hollow. (See utaholympiclegacy.org)