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Festival of Fire & Ice

Discover new ways to play through the coldest season

ICG’s Annual Festival of Fire & Ice

An annual celebration of winter outdoor play, the festival provides time and space for us to remember the winter games we love and to discover new ways to play through the coldest season. Enjoy ice sculptures, sledding, hot chocolate, snow fort and den building, bonfires, and so much more! Dress warmly and bring some cash for fiery/icy treats along with your own frozen creations to add to the collaborative fun!

Thank You to this Year’s Sponsors!

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ICG’s FREE winter event, Festival of Fire & Ice and Haudenosaunee Songs & Stories is happening on Saturday, February 5th from 11am-3pm. Deliberately smaller than usual to avoid large crowds, Ithaca Children’s Garden will still be dressed up to celebrate the winter season! 

Come enjoy the snowy scenery while warming up next to fires throughout the Garden. Educators will be scattered throughout the Garden ready to help with some icy or fiery activities as your family enjoys the season together outside. 

To keep your body moving, snowy scavenger hunts will be available as well as hot cocoa. Look out for our hot chocolate fairies as you explore! They will have surveys and FREE hot chocolate to reward your participation.

We want everyone to feel safe in the Garden so please plan to distance and have only one group at a time at each activity or fire space. Educators will be wearing masks to help families feel more comfortable while participating in activities.

The incredible pre-recorded performances planned for this year will be available online on February 5 as well! Enjoy traditional Haudenosaunee songs and stories presented by Perry Ground, Kay Olan, and Bear Fox. 

Want to try some of our in-person activities at home? Download instructions to make Fire & Ice Twirlers and Fire & Ice Tea Lanterns!

Check out this feature published in the Ithaca Voice that paints a vivid picture of ICG’s exceptional celebration of winter.

This project is made possible with funds from the Statewide Community Regrants Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature and administered by the Community Arts Partnership of Tompkins County.

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A Look Back at Past Festivals

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