Wednesday was our first official “free day” in my new work schedule so we decided to make the most of it by taking our great-niece to see ICE at the Opryland Hotel. This year’s theme is Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Though she’s still too young to understand the story of Rudolph or Christmas for that matter, we thought she’d enjoy the bright colors and huge characters made completely out of ice – about 2 million pounds of ice to be exact. We were right! From the moment she saw the first larger than life Christmas present, she was over the moon with excitement.
At first we were apprehensive about taking her. It is, after all, only 9 degrees inside the exhibit. But after reading a few “mom forums” we decided that as long as we all bundled up, we’d be fine. Ever try putting 2 pair of pants, 2 pair of socks, 2 shirts, and 2 jackets on a 17-month old? You get something that looks (and walks) like a miniature version of the Abominable Snowman. Inside the giant blue parka that was provided by the ICE attendant, she does have gloved hands LOL.
ICE is not a cheap date. Regular adult admission is $28.99 (and the full tour takes only 15-30 minutes). Being the frugal folks that we are though, we got tickets during Gaylord’s Black Friday Sale for only $12.50 each. (There are also discounts available through AAA if you missed the sale). Children under 3 are free with a paid adult admission.
This was Angie’s first time to visit an ICE exhibit and she had just as much fun as the baby. I took Addie’s mom over a decade ago. I don’t remember the theme of that year but I do remember she was no less amazed than Addie was. ICE is a definite “must” at least once in a child’s life. Their smiles and laughter alone are enough to make it worth the admission and if that doesn’t put you in the holiday spirit, nothing will.