Queen Mary offers Chill for family fun

December 2, 2012 by  

For some chilly winter fun, there are plenty of reasons to come down to the Queen Mary’s Chill – a 13,000 square foot icy wonderland. Activities include ice tubing, an ice-skating rink, and a holiday village, all constructed out of colored blocks of ice. Ice sculptors from China created the subzero attraction, which will remain open through January 6, 2013.

Admission to the ice-skating, ice tubing, or ice kingdom includes admission to the Queen Mary. Temperatures inside the Ice Kingdom are only 9 degrees, so dress warmly. A slide from the bow of the ice Queen Mary will give a thrill to spectators, while other attractions include a six-foot Snow Queen, icy penguins, a fairytale castle over 12 feet tall, an ice cave, nativity scene, and toys from Santa’s sack.

The summit for the ice tubing stands at two stories tall and is 100 feet long. Attendees can grab a tube and enjoy a speedy, icy ride down. Admission starts at $9.95.

Ice skating on the Queen Mary’s outdoor rink also begins at $9.95, with $2.95 for skate rental. The 6,500 square foot rink provides plenty of room for friends.

There is also a ‘Holiday Village’ offering visitors gingerbread house decorating, a visit with Santa, hot cocoa, and other refreshments, as well as a stage with live music, including holiday carolers.

Hooded coats are provided to guests, but long pants and closed-toe shoes are also required inside the Holiday Village. Parking is $20 per vehicle. The Queen Mary and Chill is located at 1126 Queens Highway, Long Beach, only 20 minutes from Gardena. Ice-skating is a great opportunity for hilarious and memorable photographs, and stationery printing services can combine holiday photos into a unique holiday book.