Snowman Building Contest

Seasons Center hosts family fun in Spencer

The weather outside is frightful, but there is still plenty of fun to be had.

That’s the view of the organizers of the upcoming The Big Snow Showdown that will be held on the west lawn of the Spencer Hospital from 9-11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 20.

The Big Snow Showdown will feature a snowman building contest as well as a winter wellness event. The free event is being hosted by the Seasons Center for Behavioral Health.

“This is the first time we’ve held this event and we’re so excited to bring something new to the Spencer community as a way of gathering together (safely), breaking down the stigma of mental health and providing important resources to youth and families to support them during the winter months,” said Katie Ping, the marketing and event coordinator with Seasons Center for Behavioral Health.

Even though the event is only two hours long, there will be plenty for the whole family to enjoy.

“When families arrive on Saturday for the event, they can check in at our resource table and sign up for the snowman building contest or choose to observe and take part in some of the other winter wellness activities,” Ping said. “We’ll have a kids’ obstacle course and a treasure hunt and a special appearance by a ‘penguin’ a.k.a our HR director, Barb Work, dressed up in a penguin suit!”

Families participating in the snowman building contest should plan on outfitting their snowman.

“We encourage families to bring their own accessories and items to make their entry unique! We do ask that attendees do wear masks and distance to keep everyone safe,” Ping said. “We have developed this event to be as hands-free as possible, with little to no shared items and opportunities for hand sanitizing.”

The snowman building contest will have five categories and winners will be awarded for each category. The categories will include Spencer Spirit, Most Creative, Most Traditional, Biggest and More Detailed.

Being able to offer this fun, family event during the heart of winter, during the continuing coronavirus pandemic is an exciting opportunity for Seasons Center, according to Ping.

“Our hope is that the Big Snow Showdown offers families an opportunity to get out of the house and make some memories together out in the community. We are encouraging physical and mental wellness with the resource bags for youth and adults — including postcards on how to spend quality time as a family and an ‘Emotions’ chart to start a dialogue within our families on identifying and validating emotions,” Ping said.

“This is a difficult time for so many people and we want to equip families with the tools and resources they need, while also reminding them where to turn if they need help.”