Teen Activities

Snow Castle

Jen and Melissa with their new Snow Castle

What can you do with a couple of teenagers, lots of snow and an old postal box – a really cool snow castle, complete with slide. We got a foot of fresh snow over the last 24 hours during Thanksgiving break and my husband and kids were wanting an adventure. We took an old postal box we had from bringing mail back and forth to the post office. It is the perfect size, plastic and cube shaped to pack snow in and make a large snow block. Make several and create a snow castle, snow fort or even an igloo. Have fun and be creative. So what are you waiting for, go and play in the snow.

Eric building a snow block

Trying to make your snow bricks with cardboard boxes or plastic buckets will just end in frustration. We have made these snow projects for years and our secret tool that makes this project a breeze is the corrugated plastic “mail tray” box. If you do volume mailing at the post office you’ll be lucky enough to have one of these, and a few of you may be lucky enough to have access to some of these from other sources. Here is a place that sells them, but a little pricey for a snow fort (but for $15 to $20 you can use this year after year): US Plastic corrugated boxes. The tapered design allows the snow block to be easily dropped out once you’ve packed in the snow. US Mail Supply also seems to have a similar product for sale, and allows small orders. I can’t vouch for the durability but I can vouch for the free (loaner) ones available from the post office – ours has lasted for over 15 years.

Okay – one more source I just have to list because they are only $10 each and you can choose your own colors adding to the fun with the kids. At that price you can get two and everyone can get in on the fun: U-Line Supplies. Have Fun!

Silverwood Theme Park Camping

Here are some areas available for camping if you are going to the Silverwood Theme Park. The park has camping available right next to the park. Here are a few options if you would like something different.

Mokins Bay Campground – Hayden Lake, ID Nice little campground. It has 16 spaces at $16 per night. It is 12 miles off Hwy 95. You take Lancaster Road in Hayden and follow the signs to Mokins Creek Campground. It is across from the fire station on Mokins Bay. This is a switchback road with 97 curves to the campground. It is first come first serve and you cannot make reservations in advance.

Farragut State Park 13400 East Ranger Road, Athol, ID 83801 (208) 683-2425

Tamarack RV Park 3630 N. Government Way Coeur d’Alene, Idaho 83815

Call us at (877) 212-0523 or (208) 664-3087! or visit our contact page to make a reservation.

Blackwell Island RV Park 800 S Marina Drive Coeur d’Alene, Idaho 83814

(1.5 miles south of I-90, exit #12, on Highway 95.)

Phone: 1-888-571-2900 or 1-208-665-1300 Fax: 1-208-667-5853 Email: stay@idahorvpark.com

Cub River Guest Ranch LLC 1942 No. Deer Cliff Road | Preston, Idaho 83263 (8.5 miles up Cub River Canyon) 208-852-2124

North Idaho RV 24835 North Hester Road, Athol, ID 83801-8830 (208) 683-4054

Gold Fever Mining Supply

Some dry camping available. You can also do some gold panning. We are located at 16405 N Ramsey Road in Rathdrum, ID  83858 and can be reached by calling 208-699-8128

Confidence Booster

A great activity for teens is a Challenge or High Ropes Course. The Challenge Courses usually have a zip line and several different elements to the whole course. Some courses also feature a low element course. This is a great team building activity. By overcoming your fears it will help you to build confidence in yourself. Many different summer camps offer a Challenge Course. Look for one in your area to bring a youth group to for a few hours.

Camp MiVoden – Hayden Lake, Idaho – 208-772-3484

Challenge Course