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Snow Day Fun, Frost and Flurries in Ames
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Snow Day Fun, Frost and Flurries in Ames

Snow Day? Grab your winter gear for a full day of fun, frost and flurries! There is plenty to do, inside and out, when Mother Nature creates a winter wonderland!

And if you'd rather listen to our winter ideas - check out this holiday MP3

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! 

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 and ISU Synchronized Skating Team!

52nd Annual Madrigal Dinner: Step out of the snowy weather 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 13 & 14)

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.

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!

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. 

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 find a spot for it on your walls so you can remember the great memories you made while creating this beautiful work of art!

Year Round Beauty at 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 activities you can enjoy at Reiman Gardens this season. 

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! The sales begin January 26 thru January 28.

IN the MU: Get out of the cold and get 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), get crafty at The Workspace, or get your game on with CyBowl and Billiards.

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 Café, Starbucks, and Café Beaudelaire, for a cozy place to take a break.

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 at

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  1. Travel Iowa Team
    Travel Iowa Team
    What a great list of winter events in Ames! Thanks for contributing to the Travel Iowa blog!
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