Weekend Wanderings – Jack Frost Children’s Winterfest

This post is sponsored by Jack Frost Children’s Winterfest.* 

Our Weekend Wanderings took us to Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, in late February. We packed up the car with our family of 4 and were on the road to the Jack Frost Children’s Winterfest. Only a few hours from Moncton, this was the perfect weekend adventure. For this particular adventure, we left Moncton around noon on Friday and arrived back home Sunday at suppertime. Our VIP Package included hotel stay for 2 nights, welcome bag for the kids upon arrival, snacks each night (if you are at the hotel at the time), breakfast with various kids show characters and early access to the sites each day.

Even with unseasonably warm temperatures for February 24th thru 26th (12 degrees!!), the Jack Frost Children’s Winterfest 2017 was a blast. Both outdoor and indoor venues had lots to do to keep the kiddos happy.

Having a 4 year old and a 13 year old, I was curious to see if we could find entertainment at the event for both boys. It did not disappoint! Although it is certainly geared towards the younger children, the outdoor venue is fun for all. My oldest son enjoyed the outdoor venue and then walking around nearby streets with his dad, taking photos (his new found passion 🙂 ). They got to spend some quality time together. Clayton and I spent hours upon hours at the East Link Center enjoying all the Jack Frost Winterfest had to offer.

Here is how our weekend unfolded…

Friday evening we ventured to the Outdoor Snow Kingdom to check out the slides and sculptures. It was soggy getting around, but the coordinators of the outdoor venue had pathways cleared and trenches in place to drain some of the water. 

Since the slides were constructed with ice, there was still plenty of sledding to do and the hills were covered in children enjoying the tubes and tunnels.

My little guy would not slide down the larger hills, but I did get my older son to enjoy a couple tube runs. 

Clayton coming out the tunnel on one of the slides (not sure if that’s a smile or not). Lorne going back up the tubing hill. My neighbour from Moncton was there too, enjoying the horse-drawn wagon! ~ Photo by Natalie T

There were snow sculptures to enjoy and the sleigh ride was replaced by a wagon, which many were enjoying as we explored the site.

On Saturday morning we had breakfast at the hotel and got packed up for a day back in town at the Jack Frost Festival.  As we passed the breakfast area, on our way out, Cinderella and Snow White were there to see the kids. This is part of the VIP Package when you book your tickets through one of the event hotels.  Sunday Morning’s guests were Beauty & the Beast. Both mornings we missed the characters at our hotel, but they were there. Depending on the hotel you stay at, there are various characters who show up for breakfast.

Our neighbour here in Moncton captured this shot of her daughter at their hotel as part of the VIP package. Paw Patrol to the rescue! ~photo by Natalie T

As VIP ticket holders, we enjoyed access to the event 1 hour earlier than regular pass holders. This meant that we were able to enjoy all the activities before the crowds, and it was fabulous. Lines were so short during these VIP hours, helping mom and dad stay calm and collected! 

In the Eastlink Center, we met Jack Frost, played on bouncy castles and pet lots of animals in The Indoor Playland. There was also a stage set up for the various performers throughout the weekend, and a face painting and balloon station at the Live Interactive Children’s Stage. All spread out enough for the crowds and lots of room to enjoy a little leg room. Food options were available at both the indoor and outdoor venues.

Clayton loved Jack Frost! He had his picture taken twice, once on Saturday, and again on Sunday!

Clayton LOVED the animals at the indoor area at Eastlink Center.

Lots of balloon options! Happy kids were running around with swords, animals, and flowers.
My boys gathered by the “campfire” and a pic of Clayton and me at the Jack Frost Children’s Winterfest.

On Sunday morning, we were able to meet Splash n Boots without standing in line too long, at their Meet & Greet for VIP ticket holders. They then performed and Clayton enjoyed the show and all the kids around dancing and singing.

The whole weekend was full of fun activities, great food and family time. 

I would definitely plan to attend the festival again. This was our first time attending, and even with the warmer temps and melting snow, we enjoyed it. Staff was helpful and super friendly, making everything run smooth.

My family will be watching for next year’s activities and events. Over the years the festival has had a variety of themes and performers, and no doubt they will outdo themselves again next year. 

*We received a VIP Hotel & Festival Package in exchange for our written experience. All stories and opinions are our own. Thank you to the Jack Frost Children’s Winterfest for sponsoring our weekend adventure!

7 thoughts on “Weekend Wanderings – Jack Frost Children’s Winterfest”

  1. Wow thanks so much for sharing this, I actually have not heard of the event but will now make sure to look into next year….we would love to have a fun reason to get the kids out of Halifax for a weekend!

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