(Updated) Our Visit to Ice Castles 2017 and More Fun Things to Do with Kids in Stillwater

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Ice Castles is back! This year, Ice Castles is in Stillwater, and we visited with our kids right when it opened. And we have to say – the city of Stillwater is BRILLIANT, not just because of the pretty lights, but because of all the business this undoubtedly brings to their quaint city.

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We visited the night before it opened for a special media preview, though it was insanely cold. Be sure to dress your family warm no matter how cold it is – just being out there surrounded by all that ice will chill you pretty fast.

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It’s largely the same as previous years – the ice princesses are there from Tiny Diva Princess Party, as are the fire performers from Insphyre, and treats from Taste of Love Bakery (items sold individually from $2-5 or so). But there are a few differences. For one, there are new slides for the kids (and grown-ups). And there are – wait for it – FIRE PITS. Finally! A good way to stay at least a little bit warm out there (it definitely helps the performers).

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Afterward, we went to one of our favorite restaurants in Stillwater – Leo’s Grill and Malt Shop. Discover Stillwater also wants you know about other great spots to take the kids when you’re heading out to Ice Castles:

1) Gammy& Gumpy’s Toy Store
2) Kids Oasis Indoor Creative Play Space
3) Smalley’s Caribbean Barbeque and Pirate Bar – branded pirate sandwhich buns are a hit!
4) Leo’s Grill & Malt Shop – 1950s americana and cozy booths
5) QuickFire Pizza Stillwater MN – pick your toppings and watch them place your pizza in the big oven!
6) Kari’s Create & Paint Studio
7) Valley Bookseller
8) More boutiques with kid stuff Alfresco Casual Living, Betty June’s, Lil’ Tulip’s, Mara-Mi Store + Studio + Cafe
9) Candy Shops: Candyland, Stillwater, Barbara Ann’s Fudge, Tremblay’s Sweet Shop
10) Book a hotel with a pool/hot tub: AmericInn of Stillwater, MN, Americas Best Value Inn, GrandStay Hotel & Suites, Stillwater, Comfort Inn & Suites.

View Discover Stillwater’s list of deals for these and other businesses in the area!!!

UPDATED DEALS:

Here are deals we previously posted for Ice Castles:

  • Save 15% with coupon code USFamily17 at IceCastles.com. The coupon is good through January 31, 2017. However, readers have reported that this coupon appears to have “reached its limit.”
  • Save $2.00 per ticket with online code available at Cub Foods.

Then Ice Castles closed for a while due to warm weather.

Well, now they’re open again, and Twin Cities Daily Deals has a 2-for-1 deal going on through the end of January. (Thanks, Pocket Your Dollars!)

Note that tickets purchased at the door are the highest-priced at $18 for ages 12+ and $12 for children  4-11. 

When purchasing advance tickets online, here are the standard prices:
General Admission:
(12 and older):
$9.95 M-TH
$12.95 F-Sun and HolidaysChild (4-11)
$6.95 M-TH
$8.95 F-Sun and Holidays

Hours are:

Monday, Wednesday and Thursday: 3-9pm
Tuesday: Closed
Friday: 3-10pm
Saturday: Noon-10pm
Sunday: Noon-9pm
View our review from last year for tips for visiting with kids!

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