Geauga Park District Gears Up for Frozen Fest 2016

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Come one, come all, to Geauga Park District’s Frozen Fest for an afternoon of pure, unadulterated winter fun – no registration necessary and completely free!

The big event happens Sunday, Feb. 7, from noon to 4 p.m. at The West Woods Nature Center, 9465 Kinsman Road (Route 87) in Russell Township.

Last year’s Frozen Fest debut drew more than 1,700, the park’s biggest single-day draw ever! What we have planned this year incorporates some old and some brand new:

Outside the Nature Center

  • Bird in the Hand feeding station – Up close and personal with avian friends!
  • Free snowshoe rental – No reservations taken for the event day. First come, first served.
  • Snowball shooting gallery – Test your aim as you try to topple targets with your merciless snowballs.
  • “A Kid at Art” mobile classroom – Climb aboard this converted school bus to create a snowflake watercolor painting and/or a snowflake mini card!
  • Meet ‘n greet with sled dogs – Meet the Siberian Husky Club of Greater Cleveland and view their equipment.
  • Ice sculptures – Watch a demo and see the great work of Elegant Ice Creations.
  • Snow snakes – Broom handle-sized sticks that skid across the snow like miniature toboggans. Race ’em in this old-timey sport!
  • Hike – Interpretive items will be placed along the Discovery Trail for folks to find as they walk or snowshoe along. a seek-and-discover stroll.
  • Outdoor camping, fire-building and cooking demo by Boy Scout Troop 102-Bainbridge
  • Snowflake cards (available for folks to use and bring back throughout the event)
  • “Come Home to Geauga Park District” – Explore a wigwam.
  • Snowman building (as conditions allow)

Inside the Nature Center

  • Otter slide & tunnels – Explore tunnels under the snow and take a ride down an otter slide!
  • Home Sweet Habitat: A Place for Wildlife to Survive and Thrive special exhibit.
  • Green screen booth – With Pix in a Box, “picture yourself” in a variety of beautiful park settings, then take home a photo as a memento of the day!
  • Character meet ‘n greets – Say hello to popular winter snowman characters, including a singing snowman you might know! Great photo opportunities!
  • Refreshments – Bring your appetite for a snowflake cookie and our fun hot cocoa bar! Coffee and tea also on the menu.
  • Ice painting – Create artwork with colored ice!
  • Wildlife in Winter touch table – Discover where animals go in winter and how they survive, and check out a video of painted turtles and wood frogs thawing after being frozen solid!
  • Live old-time stringband music by Oak Island Skunk Jumpers
  • Puppet shows (lasting approx. 15 minutes, offered every hour beginning at 12:30 p.m.
  • Face painting by Amanda’s Elaborate Eyes (featured last year)
  • Photo exhibit (Shutterbugs Camera Club)
  • Snowflake craft and classroom activities (TBA)
  • Treetops Nature Store (winter-themed merchandise)

Shuttles will be present from noon to 4:30 p.m. to transport people between The West Woods and overflow lots at ASM International and, as needed, Teague Plaza.

No registration is required to attend. Just call 440-286-9516 with questions – and please spread the word to interested family and friends!

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