Outdoor, family fun with snow sculptures, snowboarding & more… all FREE at Navy Pier, February 8-9

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Yes it may be winter in Chicago, but the fun doesn’t stop just because there’s a chill in the air! Snow Days Chicago gets kids and families out and about in celebration of the season. Bundle up and head over to the year-round playground that is Navy Pier for this FREE event February 8-9, 2014.


Beat those cabin fever blues and have a blast with some outdoor fun for all ages. The weekend-long event is packed with events and activities, and of course, snow!

Don’t miss:

  • Snow Sculpting Competition
    Wednesday February 5 (8am start) - Saturday February 8 (2pm finish)
    The artistry will wow you. Come face to face with incredible ice sculptures as big as 10-feet tall. Watch blocks of snow transform as the highly-detailed works of art are carved throughout the weekend by 15 teams of professional sculptors from around the world, as well as 12 teams of local high school students. Check them out during the day, or illuminated at night as part of an enchanting light display. Vote for your favorite on February 8 from 11am-4pm then catch the awards ceremony in the Family Pavilion Stage.

  • Interactive Snowboarding Experience
    Saturday February 8 (11am - 8pm) & Sunday February 9 (11am - 6pm)
    A fan favorite returns! Kids can learn snowboarding basics from professionals as they navigate a fun snowboarding course throughout Gateway Park. This activity is free and will run all weekend long. 

  • Outdoor Activities
    Saturday February 8 (11am - 4pm) & Sunday February 9 (11am - 4pm)
    Get hands-on and let your kid's inner artist shine through with snow painting. Create masterpieces with colorful paints using the fresh, white snow as your canvas.
  • Shedd Aquarium Polar Play Zone
    Saturday February 8 (11am - 4pm) & Sunday February 9 (11am - 4pm)
    If you need a little warm up during your visit to Snow Days, the entertainment continues indoors at the Family Pavilion stage. Shedd Aquarium will transform the space into an interactive Polar Play Zone complete with giveaways, a bean bag toss game, crafts and a chance to enter to win tickets to Shedd!

  • Shedd Aquarium Penguins
    Saturday February 8 (11am - 1pm) & Sunday February 9 (11am - 1pm)
    Come face-to-beak to the beloved Magellanic Penguins from the Shedd Aquarium. These charismatic creatures will make a special appearance each day at the Family Pavilion with their trainers, who will answer questions about the animals, their habitats and more.


Admission to Snow Days Chicago is free. Just head over to Navy Pier’s Gateway Park, located right outside the Pier’s main entrance at 600 E. Grand Avenue.

Get details on convenient parking and public transportation, as well as all sorts of kid-approved dining, entertainment and shopping options, at navypier.com.

For other ideas on what to do during your visit, check out the featured Events or browse the Events Calendar on ChooseChicago.com. You’ll also find family recommendations from those in-the-know at the Chicago Like a Local blog.

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