Nope, this isn’t Disney on Ice. But your kids will be pleasantly surprised to see Mickey Mouse carved from ice at the annual Utica Ice Festival, among the cool mini winter festivals in Michigan returning to the downtown area Feb. 13-15, 2015.
This event, filled to the brim with magical ice carvings, is sure to capture the eye of your little ones as they recognize their favorite cartoon characters or become their favorite ice princess standing in front of an ice-carved castle!
All three days, browse the amazing icy sculptures – and stick around to see them illuminated at night. If you do, make it a point to be there at 8:20 p.m. on Friday, the opening day. That’s because there’s a spectacular fireworks display in store at Memorial Park, ready to make that big blanket of snow sparkle with brilliant colors. Afterwards, there’s open skating in the downtown area (bright your own skates). And, right beforehand, there’s a DJ and dancing.
On Valentine’s Day Saturday, you’ll find an amateur ice carving contest, face painting, ice dancing and hockey exhibition games, carriage rides (which are $5/adults, $4/kids and free/under 2) and more open skating. One lucky contest-winning kid will even have his or her “ice design” carved into the real deal!
And on Sunday, swing by for a pancake breakfast ($5/adults, $3/kids), fire department open house and more carriage rides (same fees apply) and ice dancing/hockey exhibition games. Not to mention a magician and final chance to get in some open skating.
This year’s event runs Feb. 13-15, 2015. Times are as follows:
- Friday: 4-9 p.m.
- Saturday: 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
- Sunday: 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Admission is free and open to all ages (except for the fees for carriage rides and Sunday pancake breakfast; see above).
So for one of those great fun places to go in Michigan in the winter, don’t miss out! You can find basic details on the 2015 Utica Ice Festival in Metro Parent calendar listing.
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