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Kids Brave Cold to Have Fun at Parks Department's 'Snow Days'

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The fluffy snow left behind from the first snow fall of 2014 made the perfect playground for outdoor winter fun. The Parks Department hosted events at parks across the city, including at Crotona Park in the Bronx. Erin Clarke filed the following report.

Despite suggestions from the mayor to stay in and avoid the cold, New Yorkers are bundling up and heading out to parks for some fun.

"I have layers. That's the secret, ok. I have some pants underneath these jeans and I got two socks, my boots, I have a heavy sweatshirt," said Crotona Park resident Ana Rodriguez.

The Parks Department hosted Snow Day events in parks in all five boroughs.

"We have sledding of course, snow man making contests, snow angel contests, friendly snow fights, hot chocolate. Lots of fun out here," said Parks Deptartment First Deputy Commissioner Liam Kavanagh.

Kids at Crotona Park couldn't wait to take part in the fun.

"I like going down the hill with the sleds fast and it's fun," said Ryu Nicole.

"It's type long, so the longer you go down," said Ziara Nicole.

The activities weren’t just for kids, they were also for kids at heart.

"My 60-year-old mother is up there with her granddaughter," said Christie Rodriguez. “My mother was like this is the best, we need to go, she needs to experience it.”

"We both have fun together and she sleds with me,” said Jose Weeks.

When asked who is better, Jose said, “I think my mom,” as his mom said, “he is.”

Whoever is the better on the sled, everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves with a watchful eye on the amount of time they spent outside and a hot cup of cocoa in and between trips down the hill to make sure they kept warm.

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