Snow Days Chicago is back again this weekend, turning Navy Pier into the ultimate interactive winter experience. All weekend long, visitors can participate in a variety of activities that both adults and kids can enjoy. You’ll be able to view a snow sculpting competition, in which snow sculptures are masterfully carved from giant blocks of man-made snow. Both professional teams and local high school students will compete, showcasing a variety of themes and designs. You can vote for your favorite on Saturday, and stay to watch them all lit up at night by festive, colored lights. The sculpting begins today and continues through the afternoon of Saturday, February 8. The team of Fran Volz, Monica Balc and Mike Martino will sculpt a piece called “Emerging Woman” on Saturday and Sunday during Snow Days as part of a master class exhibition team. While they sculpt, they will answer questions and explain the sculpting process.
On both Saturday and Sunday, kids will have the chance to experience snowboarding with the help of instructors from Raging Buffalo Snowboard Park. This event is free, but 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 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 the public to see up close while trainers will answer questions from guests about the animals, their habitats and more. Visitors can warm up inside the Family Pavilion 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 Days Chicago is held at Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave., on February 8 and 9, and is free and open to the public.