Lucky for us, just when the monotony of winter starts to take its toll, we are blessed with a smattering of winter festivals and other fun activities to stave off the cold weather blues a little longer.
This weekend alone, ice festivals are taking place in St Joseph, South Haven and Dowagiac. They promise plenty of fun for the whole family, with live ice sculpture carvings, hot chocolate, live entertainment, s'mores, chili samples and so much more.
Keep reading for fabulous ways to spend this chilly February weekend.
See portraits celebrating black heroes on display at Holland's Herrick District Library throughout February
Grab your seat for the enthralling fairy tale mashup, the Princess Who Had No Name, by South Haven's local theater troupe (this weekend and next)
Partake in dazzling ice sculptures, a chili cook-off, cardboard sled race, outdoor ice skating, s’mores and crafts at the Ice Breakers Festival in South Haven
Watch timber and wood carvers, gather around the campfire for s'mores and sample an array of chili at Dowagiac's Ice Time
Celebrate the area's diverse ethnic groups with music, dance, crafts and food at the Grand Rapids Public Museum
Catch a magic show, icy adventures and so much more at the Magical Ice Fest in St Joe
Learn the art of paper snowflake making with an artist/naturalist at DeGraaf Nature Center in Holland
Glide on skis through the winter night, warm up by the fire and savor homemade soup, coffee and tea at the Sarett Nature Center's Gourmet Glide in Benton Harbor
Master snowshoe skills on a lantern-lit walk and discover the fascinating world of winter ecology at the Wolf Lake State Fish Hatchery in Mattawan
Find links to all the festival details and more on the Southwest Michigan Kids calendar.