The holidays are over and with it went all the fun winter activities. But winter has just begun, what can we do now. There is an array of indoor activities such as Sky Zone, Glow Golf, and Little Monkey Business to help get your children out of the house but below is some information of winter specific activities that have a limited time availability.
For an outdoor adventure that is a drive away, visit The Ice Castles located in Dillon Colorado. This magical experience has helps you to forget that you are cold with the warmth and beauty in your heart. Ice Castles are open until February 2, 2019. Made from 20,000 pounds of ice, these castles are tall, have icicles, igloos, tunnels, and ice slides. Their mission is, “to create happiness, laughter, and unforgettable winter memories.” As this is an outdoor activity, dress for the weather (boots, snow suits, hats, gloves). Instead of bringing a stroller for young children it is suggested to bring a sled. It is best to buy your tickets in advanced. They are closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Their hours of operation are Monday and Thursday 4pm-9pm, Friday 4pm-10:30pm, Saturday 12pm-10:30pm, and Sunday 12pm-8pm. Prices vary depending on day and age. Weekdays children 4-11 cost $10.95 and 12 and older cost $15.95. Weekends children 4-11 cost $14.95 and 12 and older cost $18.95. Tickets can be purchased from their website; https://icecastles.com/dillon/
Skate in the Park at Acacia Park (115 E. Platte Ave) invites families to enjoy outdoor ice skating. It is $10 a guest 5 and older. Children 4 and under are free with a paid adult. A $1 discount is offered to those who carry a military ID. Ice Skate rental is included with the price. Skate in the Park will be open until January 21, 2019. For group rates and private event reservations please visit www.DowntownCS.com/skate. The hours vary please see schedule and special events below.
Sertich Ice Center has a couple of hours a day open for public skating. Children 17 and under Skate for $5.25 with a $3.25 skate rental fee and adults skate for $6.25 with a $3.25 skate rental fee. For a complete calendar of dates and times available please visit https://coloradosprings.gov/…/fil…/inline-images/psjan19.pdf. There is an offer available from Groupon which allows two skaters to skate for $9 including skate rental. The Groupon offer is available at: https://www.groupon.com/browse/colorado-springs….
Sledding is an awesome outdoor activity to try. There are different types sleds available at Target, Walmart, Bass Pro Shop, Walgreens, and other retail stores. Many stores have already started to put their winter gear on sale so supplies may be limited. If your neighborhood has a hill then you won’t need to travel far from home but there are a couple of parks in town that are popular for Eugene McCleary Park at 5214 Pioneer Mesa Dr, Colorado Springs, CO 80923 and Cotton Wood Creek Park at 7040 Rangewood Dr, Colorado Springs, CO 80923.
Winter is such a fun time to get outdoors and play. As always, please dress for the weather and do not stay out for long periods of time in low temperatures to keep yourself and your children safe and healthy. At the end of a cold play day, warm up with a hot drink such as hot chocolate, apple cider, coffee, or tea. Enjoy your winter!
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