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Published January 10, 2013, 11:30 PM

Five Things Friday: Five fun things to do with snow

FARGO – After a slow start, the snow has descended on Fargo-Moorhead. Here are five things you can do with the fluffy white stuff, besides shoveling it.

By: Sherri Richards, INFORUM

Editor’s note: “5 Things Friday” is a weekly feature in SheSays that will run on – you guessed it – Fridays. It will focus on quick tips, ideas, activities and more – all in bunches of five. If you have a “5 Things Friday” suggestion, contact us at shesays@forumcomm.com.

FARGO – After a slow start, the snow has descended on Fargo-Moorhead. Here are five things you can do with the fluffy white stuff, besides shoveling it.

Play in the snow.

Dike West, 310 4th St. S., Fargo, is open for sledding from 3:30 to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday; and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday. Sleds are free to use with a photo ID or $20 deposit. Family Day at the Dike is scheduled from 1 to 4 p.m. Feb. 17.

Moorhead has a Polar Party from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 9 at MB Johnson Park, 3601 11th St. N., including sleigh rides, cross country skiing, a bonfire and snow dig.

West Fargo’s Winter Days begin Wednesday. The snow golf course at North Elmwood Park will be open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Jan. 26, with a tournament on Jan. 26.

Create a snow creature.

Think beyond just snowmen when creating snow sculptures. Snowballs placed in a row can make a cute caterpillar, as seen on the Dutch blog Lille Lykke.

Build a snow cave.

An article on Wikihow offers these directions for building an emergency shelter, or just the best snow fort on the block.

Find a large open, level spot with a lot of snow. Make a huge pile of snow and pack it down as firmly as possible.

Allow some time for the cold air to harden your snow pile, then dig a tunnel into the snow, sloping up slightly.

Hollow out a domed cave, carving in benches. Make an inch-wide hole in the roof for ventilation.

Paint it, using these directions from http://craftknife.blogspot.com.

Ingredients

Spray bottles

Tap water

Liquid food coloring

Directions

Fill the spray bottles each about four-fifths full of tap water, then add at least 10 drops of food coloring to each bottle. Darker, more vivid colors show up better than pastels.

Adjust the nozzle to a concentrated mist. Spray the snow to paint.

Photograph it, with these tips from the New York Institute of Photography.

All-white shots may lead to boring photos. Look for objects that add color and contrast to your scene.

A general rule of thumb when photographing snow is to over-expose, or let in more light. Adjust camera settings accordingly.

Natural light will likely be best in early morning or late afternoon, as the sun’s low angle will cast long shadows and will add contrast that might not be there when directly overhead.

Be sure to keep your camera warm by carrying it under your coat, as close to your body’s warmth as possible.

Carry an extra set of batteries, too.

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