The Lombard Park District's annual Winter Carnival gave families plenty of ways to celebrate the snowy season Saturday afternoon with a sled hill, s'mores, games and a bounce house all available at Sunset Knoll Recreation Center.
The bevy of February festivities raised an important question: What's the best thing about winter?
As more than 100 kids laughed and played their way through outdoor and indoor activities, a few of them gave the question their best shot. The consensus? The white stuff wins.
Snow got a nod in every child's answer, starting with 8-year-old Scot Push of Glen Ellyn, who said his favorite part of winter could be summed up in that one word. He also said he enjoys snowball fights.
Others who reveled in the somewhat melting layer of snow Saturday afternoon said they enjoy it for a slightly less destructive purpose than snowball fights.
Six-year-old Aoife McCarthy of Lombard said the best thing about winter is "you can make a snowman," and 6-year-old Aurora Cakova of Lombard agreed.
The girls and their families were among the many carnival-goers who circled two small fire pits to make s'mores atop the snow as they awaited a ride on the Gold Medal Express train or took a break from the sled hill.
Speaking of sledding, 8-year-old Olivia Brach of Lombard and 3-year-old Nick Sandt of Villa Park both deemed the activity the highlight of the season as they played games inside the recreation center to warm up.
But whether it's sledding, building a snowman or having a snowball fight, it's all play.
"Playing in the snow" is the best thing about winter for 4-year-old Madelyn Ripper of Round Lake Beach, who made a "clown tie" in the craft room with her grandma, and for 4-year-old Allison Yuknis of Lombard, who also considers shoveling part of the fun.
And one last snow-loving kid, 8-year-old Kaden Jones of Lombard, covered all the bases with his answer about the best part of winter.
"You can go outside and play in the snow," he said, still wearing his snowpants and ready for more.