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5 Delaware Activities to Melt Away the Winter Blues

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Make the most of the winter season with fun-filled, socially distant activities that the whole family can enjoy in Delaware.

By Kaydee Jones and Sydney Kerelo

The beginning of winter promises many things: the holidays, peaceful snowfalls, cozy fires and seasonal brews, to name a few. But this year, it also brought a lot of change. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, holidays were spent apart from family and friends, social gatherings have been limited and the peaceful snowfalls we used to enjoy have turned into blizzards that just keep on coming.

Yet with the official start to spring only a month away (March 20), there’s no better time to celebrate the beauty of winter in Delaware. Here are five local activities that are fun-filled and COVID-19 safe.

Hatchet throwing

Hatchet throwing can certainly be thought of as an outdoor activity, but this Middletown facility brings the sport safely inside with social distancing protocols and private pits. Stumpy’s Hatchet House currently operates Wednesday through Sunday for those ages 21 and up. Reserve a spot here and don’t forget to wear a mask!

Go-kart racing

For anyone who loves a thrill, go-kart racing is a real treat. Xtreme Zone in New Castle offers a quarter-mile track with the ability to reach 40 mph on its gas go-karts. Participants can also enjoy axe throwing and a virtual reality racing simulation.

Xtreme Zone is currently operating Friday through Tuesday for all ages, but, for safety reasons, junior and adult racers are not permitted to be on the track at the same time.

Trampoline parks

Trampoline parks are becoming increasingly popular for kids and adults alike. Not only do they offer a great workout, but there are numerous activities like freestyle jump, foam pits, volleyball, dodge ball and more to keep things fresh and interesting.

Sky Zone is open and ready for business with locations in Newark and Glen Mills, Pa., as is Shell We Bounce in Lewes. Be aware, however, that both facilities operate at limited capacity. Order tickets ahead and be sure to follow all social distancing and cleanliness protocols for maximum enjoyment.

Escape rooms

If you’re a puzzle person, escape rooms are for you. Players are locked in a room with other team members and given a set amount of time to find clues, solve riddles, complete objectives and strategize in order to beat the game.

This trend is popping up all over the First State; try your problem-solving skills at Camp Adventureland (Middletown), Axxiom Escape Rooms (Newark, Wilmington and Rehoboth) or Novus Escape Room (Middletown). Call ahead or check online to confirm opening hours and social distancing protocol.

Entertainment centers

If you just can’t decide between bowling, laser tag or arcade games, head over to a place that has it all. Options include Bowlero in WilmingtonLefty’s Alley & Eats in Lewes, or Main Event Entertainment in Newark. Head to each location’s website for more information about current offerings and social distancing protocol.