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Flurries, Frost, and Fun: 13 Things to Do When Ames is Cold Outside!
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Flurries, Frost, and Fun: 13 Things to Do When Ames is Cold Outside!

It's the most wonderful time of the year, spending time with friends and family and getting into all the exciting winter magic that our communities put together. Grab your winter gear for fun, both inside and out, and take advantage of Mother Nature’s winter wonderland.

Creative Spirits: Paint, Sip.. Create! Bring your friends, relax and amaze yourself! Creative Spirits artists will guide you through the step by step process of recreating one of their original works of art. Take your masterpiece home and remember the great memories you made while creating this beautiful piece of art!

Della Viti & Games: Grab some friends and head over to Della Viti for a game night with wine! Della Viti is Iowa's first self-serve wine bar where you can choose from 48 different wines in 12 Napa Technology WineStations. Choose between a taste, a half glass, or a full (5 ounce) pour and feel free to try as many as your heart desires. Enjoy an evening warming up with delicious wine while chatting with friends and playing an exciting board game. You won't even notice the snow falling outside!

Cross Country Skiing & Snow Shoeing: Grab your skis and snow shoes and head out to McFarland Park or Hickory Grove Park where you can walk the trails and enjoy the outdoors during this winter wonderland.

Perfect Games: Take cover from the wintery winds at Perfect Games! Ames and Iowa State's favorite place to play with 24 lanes of bowling, two floor laser tag arena, arcade, restaurant and sports bar, with three monster 10 foot big screens to watch the big game! You'll have no problem staying warm in this entertainment hotspot.

Reiman Gardens: Turn the winter blues into tropical green! Warm up in the living gardens that are always changing, adapting, and evolving with the seasons. Family Movies in the Gardens, Winter Photography Class, Crafty Cocktail Night, Floral Design Series, and the Christina Reiman Butterfly Wing are just a few of the events and activities you can participate in at Reiman Gardens this season.

Coffee & Hot Cocoa in Campustown: From one end of the Campustown District to the other, there is plenty of coffee and hot cocoa (and bakery treats, too!) to warm you up on a snowy day. Be sure to check out Arcadia Bakery, Dunkin' Donuts, Stomping Grounds Cafe, Starbucks, and Cafe Beaudelaire, for a cozy place to take a break.

Dollar Days on Main Street: Head down to the Ames Main Street Cultural District for January Dollar Days, where you can find amazing deals at the fun and unique shops on Main Street! (January 28-30).

Seven Oaks Recreation: Head out to Boone and spend the day at Seven Oaks Recreation, where you can ski, snowboard, and tube. If you don't have any gear at home, don't worry! Seven Oaks offers ski and snowboard rentals for all ages. Glide down the 11 different runs varying from beginner to expert and enjoy the winter scenery. Bring on the snow!

51st Annual Madrigal Dinners: Step out of a winter wonderland and into a candlelit 17th century banquet hall, filled with the ambiance of a festive Renaissance English court. A royal banquet with dancers, jesters, and musicians to entertain you! Presented by the Iowa State University Department of Music (January 15 & 16).

IN the MU: Get out of the cold and inside for warm family fun at the Iowa State Memorial Union, the hub of arts and entertainment on campus! Enjoy live music for all ages at the Maintenance Shop, movies with Cyclone Cinema, Varieties (ISU student talent show), crafts at The Workspace, or get your game on with CyBowl and Billiards!

Ice Fishing: Love to fish? Well don't let the winter weather stop you. Head over to Ada Hayden Heritage Park or Hickory Grove Park where you can do a little ice fishing!

Ice Skating: Practice your figure skating skills at the Ames/ISU Ice Arena. The arena is home to the Iowa State University Cyclones Men's and Women's Hockey Teams as well as the ISU Synchronized Skating Team!

ArtWalk - In From the Cold, Art to Warm Your Way: Join University Museums for a 'mostly' indoor tour of selections from the Art on Campus Collection in spaces that are sure to keep you warm (February 10).

These are just a few events and activities that are perfect to do during a snow day. For a full list of things to DO, EAT, and SHOP in Ames and the surrounding community, check out our event calendar.



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  1. Travel Iowa Team
    Travel Iowa Team
    What wonderful winter ideas! Thanks so much, for contributing to the Travel Iowa blog!
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