It’s time for a cold rush – and it’s coming at exactly the right time.
The ninth annual Warren Cold Rush Ice Festival will be held 11 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016. It’s the city’s annual celebration of all things winter and it may be more welcomed than ever this year thanks to the recent warm spell experienced throughout southeast Michigan.
“This year I think it’s going to be jam packed because people are ready for some cold weather, some ice and to enjoy it,” says Henry Bowman, parks and recreation director for the city of Warren. “Most years you don’t have this issue.”
The festival will take place at Warren City Square across from City Hall, located just north of 12 Mile Road and east of Van Dyke Avenue. People of all ages are invited to enjoy a wide range of free, winter fun activities including putt-putt golfing through ice sculptures, an ice skating show, a petting zoo, ice skating ($3 skate rental) and more.
For boys and girls who aren’t completely steady on the ice quite yet, helpers will be on hand to offer some informal, basic skating instruction, Bowman says.
Need another reason to go? Little ones will surely recognize one of their favorite frosty friends at the festival. Olaf, of Disney’s Frozen, will be on hand to meet and take photos with his fans.
Visitors can also watch ice sculpting in action – sponsored by local businesses – and enjoy live music during the event. If you need to warm up for a bit, just head to the building near the ice skating rink.
Concessions, including hot chocolate and treats, will be available for sale.
Want to learn more about the 2016 Warren Cold Rush festival? Head to the Metro Parent calendar to get all the additional details you need.