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Frozen fun in store for all ages at this year’s Ice Fest

January 15-16, 2022, the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium is welcoming visitors to its 18th annual Ice Fest. Activities and demonstrations from the past and present will happen throughout the weekend and celebrate the winter season. Ice Fest is made possible by presenting sponsor Dupaco Community Credit Union.

Both indoor and outdoor activities will be available for guests of all ages with additional children’s activities being held on the second floor in the Mississippi River Discovery Center.

Outside, guests can try snow shoeing, ice fishing in the port (ice dependent), cross country skiing, catch an ice harvesting demonstration, or watch the River Museum’s snow carving team in action. A special Blizzard Bar will be set up in our plaza area with hot chocolate, smores’ kits, and themed adult cocktails.

Inside, Ice Fest attendees will have access to all exhibits within all three of the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium’s buildings, including the 9,000 square foot River of Innovation Gallery and the new Do No Harm mini-exhibit. Kids activities and science demonstrations will dominate the second level of the Mississippi River Center. Creature features, a themed scavenger hunt, a polar bear film in the Journey Theater, and vintage winter films on ice harvesting and skiing round out the indoor Ice Fest experience.

Youth are encouraged to wear snow gear due to the number of snow-related outdoor activities, including sledding. Masks are not required but are highly encouraged while inside the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium.

For daily Ice Fest schedules, visit Schedules are subject to change based on weather. Tickets can be purchased online at in advance and are good for two consecutive days with proof of purchase. Additional support for Ice Fest was provided by Skyline Construction and Casey’s.