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Snow Days Chicago!

Date : January 27, 2015

 

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Celebrate all things winter at Snow Days Chicago at Navy Pier on February 7 & 8!

International teams of talented professional snow sculptors come to Navy Pier and Polk Bros Park to create masterpieces out of 10-foot blocks of man-made snow. The artists begin sculpting on Wednesday, but the free festival takes place on Saturday and Sunday. With fun activities for kids, a snow sculpting competition, nighttime illuminations, guided interactive snowboard experience for kids and more, come outside for the best snow day ever!

This year, 14 professional teams from the US and around the world including Argentina, Germany, Mexico, Ukraine and United Kingdom compete for first, second and third place cash prizes. In addition to the professionals, 12 teams of student sculptors from Chicago area high schools create their own original snow works of art. Marvel at these sculptures day or night. In the evening, a festive light display illuminates these artistic creations.

Warm-up inside and see Shedd Aquarium’s Magellanic Penguins up-close and enjoy their interactive Polar Play Zone booth. Here’s a complete schedule of events:

 

Saturday, February 7:

Sculpture Viewing: 11 am – 8pm: Marvel at the snow sculptures created by professionals and high school students.

Public Voting: 11 am – 2 pm: Vote for your favorite professional sculpture! The one with the most votes will be awarded the People’s Choice.

Interactive Snowboard Experience: 11 am – 8 pm: On this special course with obstacles, kids will have the chance to experience snowboarding for the first time with the help of instructors from Raging Buffalo Snowboard Park. *This event is free for kids. All participants must fit into a child size 10 or smaller snowboard boot. A parent or guardian must sign a waiver in order for their child to participate in this interactive snowboard experience.

Shedd Aquarium and the Magellanic Penguins: 11 am – 1 pm: Shedd Aquarium will bring its beloved Magellanic Penguins to Navy Pier for a special appearance during Snow Days! From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Family Pavilion, the penguins will be available for up-close viewing with trainers available to answer questions.

Shedd Aquarium’s Polar Play Zone: 11 am – 4 pm: Come inside the Family Pavilion to warm-up and visit Shedd and their interactive Polar Play Zone booth with giveaways, a bean bag toss game, crafts and a chance to enter to win tickets to Shedd!

Snow Painting: 11 am – 4 pm: Paint a masterpiece on snow!

Awards Ceremony: 6 pm: Join us in the Family Pavilion for the awards ceremony where the top three professional teams win cash prizes of $1500, $1000 and $500, the high school teams receive medals and the winner of the People’s Choice is announced.

Nighttime Illumination: Begins at dusk: Observe the snow sculptures in a unique and different way. When dusk falls, the sculptures are illuminated by festive, colored lights.

 

 

Sunday, February 8: 

Sculpture Viewing: 11 am – 8 pm: Marvel at the snow sculptures created by professionals and high school students. 

Interactive Snowboard Experience: 11 am – 6 pm: On this special course with obstacles, kids will have the chance to experience snowboarding for the first time with the help of instructors from Raging Buffalo Snowboard Park. *This event is free for kids. All participants must fit into a size 5 or smaller snowboard boot. A parent or guardian must sign a waiver in order for their child to participate in this interactive snowboard experience.

Shedd Aquarium and the Magellanic Penguins: 11 am – 1 pm: Shedd Aquarium will bring its beloved Magellanic Penguins to Navy Pier for a special appearance during Snow Days! From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Family Pavilion, the penguins will be available for up-close viewing with trainers available to answer questions.

Shedd Aquarium’s Polar Play Zone: 11 am – 4 pm: Come inside the Family Pavilion to warm-up and visit Shedd and their interactive Polar Play Zone booth with giveaways, a bean bag toss game, crafts and a chance to enter to win tickets to Shedd!

Snow Painting: 11 am – 4 pm: Paint a masterpiece on snow!

Nighttime Illumination: Begins at dusk: Observe the snow sculptures in a unique and different way. When dusk falls, the sculptures are illuminated by festive, colored lights.

 

 

 

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