Any time ice and snow are assembled in one place, kids find a way to have fun. The decision by local art enthusiasts to revive ice sculpting in Interior Alaska, and to organize an international sculpting competition – assembled ice and snow in one place, and as a result, kids have fun in their own ice fantasyland of slides, mazes and kid-friendly sculptures. Our Kids Park beginnings are from the earliest piles of snow pushed aside to clears paces to erect the sculptures. Of course, the kids didn’t see piles of snow, they saw piles of snow to slide down. The adult volunteers enjoyed watching the kids having fun sliding on the piles, so they used the heavy equipment to push and shape the snow, to form higher snow piles in safe areas for the children to play while their parents viewed the ice sculptures. The result, in 1992 for the first time, an actual slide was designed and constructed from the excess snow - a four lane slide that delighted the children.So each year since 1992 a slide for kids to play on has been a regular feature at Ice Park. The early snow slides in the parking lots were soon joined by kid powered twirlees, introduced by a French team in 1993. Then in 1995, a kindergarten teacher opted out of the competition to sculpt a series of turtles for kids to touch and climb on. These humble turtles were the real beginning of what is today’s Kids Park which is a playground for children of all ages constructed entirely out of ice.The current Kids Park has huge slides and covers several acres at the front of the park. Several years ago an ice rink was added and last year an additional area with natural slopes that easily cradle slides 200 - 300 feet long.
The Kids Park is open on the first day the park opens, the end of February, until the gates close for the final time on the last Sunday in March. This magical four acres of Ice Park is like any playground, only it is constructed entirely from ICE. There are slides and rides for all ages, challenging mazes, and life-sized sculptures of favorite animals, popular characters and toys to touch and climb on. Kids Park offers the finest in family entertainment!