This year instead of getting the kids lots of toys and junk that to be honest I have been cleaning out of our house lately, we decided to get them more experiences than things. Sure they will still get a few gits to open, but they will remember things they have done then random toys that they only play with for one week. The first that we went to was Disney on Ice: Princesses and Heroes. Our second one that we visited was Moody Gardens where they have an ice display with a SpongeBob theme and their Festival of Lights.
If you want to the Ice Land then you have to purchase tickets for a specific time since they only allow so many in at one time. It was good to go during the week and before Thanksgiving since the lines and crowds were minimal. We took the 5 pm slot so that we could go eat afterwards then come back to see the lights after it was fully dark.
They have a presentation when you first go in to show you how the idea came about, how much ice they used(900 tons), how many people it took(31), and what temperature that they have to keep the room at(9 Degrees) so that the ice doesn’t melt. Just seeing how much work and planning went in to this exhibit was cool to see. Of course the kids didn’t really care, but if they were older they might understand it more.
The ice sculptures and carvings were spectacular. Just knowing how much work goes in to them make you appreciate them more. They even had 3 slides for the kids to go down which of course they loved!! It was hard to stay in there more than about 20 minutes or so because it was so cold. If you go it is best to have gloves and hats and scarves. They provide a jacket, but even with that and mine I was cold!
I love taking the kids down to the Festival of Lights at Moody Gardens. It goes along the paths around the complex and there is music to go along with the different scenes. The butterflies on the “mountain” were my favorite, well really most of it is my favorite. I just love lights!! If we could do our house like the Griswold Christmas I so would!! One of the main reasons I love this time of year 🙂
So if you can, take your family down to Moody Gardens to see the ice sculptures and Festival of Lights.
This post is not sponsored in any way FYI 🙂 We really enjoyed our outing there!