Every few years somewhere in town has a gigantic ice castle. It used to be St. Paul for the Winter Carnival, but now there’s a company that does them in a few different cities throughout the US. I am not the best at wintertime outdoor activities, so when I saw this, I thought it was something we could do as a family where I wouldn’t freeze my butt off. Some friends of ours also wanted to go, and it was a date!
The weather was 26 and sunny, perfect. Any warmer and we would have gotten dripped on the entire time, any colder and I would have been complaining. The ice castles weren’t as tall as I was hoping for, but they were definitely cool. Lots of cool ice formations, tunnels, domes, and a few slides. We spent about an hour there, which is probably typical if you’re there with kids.
And now, picture overload!
The ice was blue which made it look so cool. There were also all sorts of nooks and crannies behind the icicles.
Caden was our official map reader.
The sky was such a deep blue, I couldn’t resist.
The girls kept finding photo ops and then posing for me. They know what’s expected of them when the big camera comes out!
This was the Dome Room I think? And curse that man for ruining my shot.
It’s hard to tell, but she’s kind of tucked back into the ice. There were all sorts of indents and places for kids to explore.
These were the little slides. I knew they had slides, and we saw these after we went through the ice maze. We kept saying that a bigger slide was surely doable right? I mean there was so much ice! Surely they could make a little luge right?
And they did! You had to crawl through a tunnel to get to the top, then the kids slid down through this long tunnel. I kind of wanted to go down this slide, but the adults that came through didn’t seem to have the momentum to make it to the end of the slide, so I skipped.
Stillwater is a bit of a drive, but it was so good to get outside and do something on a sunny, winter day. Thanks Corinne, without someone to go with I probably would have bailed on this!