Your Family Guide To The IceBreaker Festival

February 2, 2017

South Haven is renowned for its splendid summers, but there are plenty of reasons to visit in the off-season. The frozen lighthouse, the holiday festivities and the open-air ice skating rink are all solid draws, but there is no bigger crowdpleaser than the IceBreaker Festival.


For one weekend in February each year, the town is abuzz with winter cheer and chainsaws. It is Midwestern winter at its finest and rivals Stars Hollow in its quaint, postcard-perfect charm.

 

There are plenty of adult-geared activities worth finding a sitter for, but if you're coming with kids, we've highlighted the family-friendly attractions right here. 

 

 

FRIDAY

 

Glow Skate Party | 5-9 pm | Ice Rink

A nighttime skating-palooza, plus a free glow stick with admission. You probably should bring your own to really amp it up. Skate rentals and trainers for those not so stable on their feet are available.

 

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz | 7:30 pm | Listiak Auditorium

A small-town children's production of the classic tale is sure to charm the audience. I've already seen it half a dozen time (munchkin mama here) and it's freaking adorable.

 

SATURDAY

 

Ice Carving Competition | 8 am-1 pm | Downtown

Ice sculptors finesse their blocks of ice into one-of-a-kind masterpieces throughout the downtown area. It's really amazing to watch them work. 

 

Learn to Curl | 9 am-12 pm | Ice Rink

Have you ever wanted to learn to curl? Me neither. Just kidding. Seriously, it's probably a lot of fun and you should learn how to do it. $15 per person.

 

Animals in Winter | 10-11 am | South Haven Memorial Library

Stories, crafts and activities centered around cold-weather critters, all in the warm indoors. Geared for preschool ages and older.

 

Frosty Dash Kids Run | 11 am | South Side Marina

Children ages 10 and under compete in their very own wintry race, which promises to be spectacular. Proceeds go to the school's track and cross country teams.   

 

Photo Booth | 11 am-3 pm | Living Room

The cozy downtown cafe will have a booth set up for fun, free photo ops with friends and family.

 

Heat the Streets | 11 am-4 pm | Phoenix St

A toasty fire and all the gooey s'mores fixins to raise money for the local Boy Scouts troop. Near Clementine's. Have two. 


Chili Cook-off | 12-3 pm | Downtown

Sample the chili concoctions of numerous local eateries (for free!) and be sure to keep score. Score ballots must be submitted by 3:10 pm.

 

Horse-Drawn Wagon Rides | 12-4 pm | Chemical Bank

A slow-paced cruise around town is a unique way to check out the festivities. Plus who doesn't love giant horses? The free rides begin at the bank drive-thru.

 

"Bumble" Abominable Snowman Skate | 1-2 pm | Ice Rink

An  hour-long skating session at the local rink with -- probably, perhaps -- a special guest. Skate rentals and trainers are available.

 

Drop-in Valentines Crafts | 2-4 pm | South Haven Center for the Arts

A free, artsy project for the whole family. Make scratch art hearts and necklaces.

 

Cardboard Sled Race | 3:30 pm | Lighthouse Keepers House Sledding Hill

Teams will test out their cardboard masterpieces in action for a shot at the top prize. Register or check out the sleds near Great Lakes Eyecare on Phoenix from 11 am to  2 pm. 

 

Glow Skate Party | 5-9 pm | Ice Rink

A nighttime skating-palooza, rocking tunes and a free glow stick with admission. You probably should bring your own to really amp it up. Skate rentals and trainers are available.

 

Ice Breaker Awards Reception | 6 pm | American Legion

Awards for the ice carving competition, chili cook-off and the cardboard sled race will be handed out at the American Legion Post #49.

 

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz | 7:30 pm | Listiak Auditorium

A small-town children's production of the classic tale is sure to charm the audience. I've already seen it half a dozen time (munchkin mama here) and it's freaking adorable.

 

 

SUNDAY

 

Super Soup Luncheon | 12-2 pm | Saint Basil Church

A delicious fundraiser for We Care’s Warm Your Heart Heating Ministry. You don't have to cook lunch and you're doing it for charity.

 

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz | 3 pm | Listiak Auditorium

A small-town children's production of the classic tale is sure to charm the audience. I've already seen it half a dozen time (munchkin mama here) and it's freaking adorable.


Be sure to visit the official IceBreaker page for all the details.  We'll meet you at the s'mores pit!

 

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