Ice slides and pony rides: Winterfesthiver

Sleigh rides at Winterfesthiver were a hit!When I read “giant slides,” “pony rides,” and “petting zoo” together on the same event poster, I knew Winterfesthiver was the Fredericton FROSTival event our family didn’t want to miss.

So of course Amelia woke up with a low grade fever.

After two months on the communicable-illness merry-go-round (honestly, what is up with this winter?), though, we weren’t going to let a little fever stop us. Since Amelia was still eager to go, we gave her some Tylenol, bundled her up, and headed up

After all, since admission was only $5 each, if Amelia only felt up to staying for half an hour, it wasn’t going to break the bank.

Locals (who know my disinclination to go anywhere near a crowd) had suggested that we arrive at 10am when the event opened to avoid the crowds. It was about 10:45 by the time we actually got ourselves to the Capital Exhibit Centre in Fredericton, clad in snow gear head to toe despite the above-zero temperatures. The lineups were still pretty manageable at this time, so if you’re going in 2015, try going early in the day!

Winterfesthiver Highlights

Pony rides at Winterfesthiver in Fredericton

The pony rides were a huge hit even before she got on the pony – she was pulling on her dad’s hand: “my turn! my turn!”

 

Giant ice slides

The giant ice slides were bumpy, but a thrill for Amelia. Mommy, on the other hand, found them a bit scary!

 

The petting zoo

The petting zoo at Winterfesthiver had a range of animals, from llamas to chickens to bunnies.

Winterfesthiver had so many activities that we didn’t have a chance to do them all before Amelia’s energy ran out: a snow maze and the dog sled rides were the two most notable “misses.” We’ll catch them next year!

Gary, a former Army medic, enjoyed checking out the Canadian Army’s winter camping demo. Amelia also loved it, but possibly because she thought it was nap time.

Throughout the outdoor area, DJ Nasty Naz kept the energy up with his infectious enthusiasm and tunes.

Although we didn’t have a chance to partake, those who were making a day of it had a few food options as well as the option to go inside and check out the Science East area while they warmed up (not that you needed to, with the above-zero temperatures).

Bottom Line

We had a good time at this relaxed but energetic event. We’ll be back next year, and we’ll show up early to get ahead of the crowds.

If you go: remember to dress warmly and wear your snowpants!

Going next year?

Or are you looking for more things to do in the Fredericton area?