Hunter Valley Gardens // Do you want to build a snowman?

My ice ice baby on the attack at Hunter Valley Gardens Snow Time

What do you get when let a load of small children loose in a pile of freshly made snow? Well, besides a non-stop onslaught of snowballs? You get an off-key virtual musical extravaganza as dozens of Anna, Elsa, Sven and Olaf obsessed kids sing their favourite songs from Disney’s Frozen. On ice. And on loop.

While most sensible people head to the Hunter Valley for the wine, on this occasion we’re going cold turkey. Very cold turkey! In fact the action is positively arctic at Hunter Valley Gardens festival of all things wintery, Snow Time in the Garden.

But before The Eats Worlds join in on the frosty fun, we need to feed our faces. So we head straight for the Frosty’s Food Court market stalls and shovel down delicious Kransky Rolls, still warm cookies, churros and steaming hot chocolate.

Both my kids are huge fans of winter, and barely feel the cold. That may have something to do with their time in the IVF Esky… Sugarpuff’s embryonic pseudonym was Snowflake after all! Given the choice they’d both probably choose a holiday on ice than one in the sun (much to the chagrin of their tropic loving parents). So with more than a dozen icy activities including tobogganing, ice skating, snow ball throwing, husky dog racing demonstrations and mechanical Snow Board riding on offer at the annual event my ice, ice babies are in their element.

Our first stop post-gutsing is to watch as ice sculptor Kenji Ogawa attacks a block of ice with a chainsaw and some chisels, turning it into a spectacular ice sculpture that even Queen Elsa would be proud of. An awe-struck Raffles declares him an ice Ninja and decides to add ice-carving to his ever growing list of future career options.

ice carving at Hunter Valley Gardens Snow Time

At the 25-metre toboggan run we take turns slipping, sliding and spinning down the speedy run and the ice skating is a hoot. Skates are provided free of charge, as are helmets for under tens and Bobby Seals (skating frames) for littler skaters. Raffles holds on to the back of a seal for balance while Sugarpuff rides it, giggling happily as her brother slavishly pushes her around the ice and Mr Eats World and I fall on our arses with humiliating frequency.

ice skating at HUnter Valley Gardens Snow Time in the Gardens

It is the outdoor snow play area proves to be the biggest hit with my little ice cubes. There are many snowmen being built by many children and, unsurprisingly, they’re all called Olaf and love warm hugs! Ours is a slightly anarchic Olaf, rocking a punk vibe with his red mohawk.

The dedicated snowball throwing area is where we discover that our previously sweet-natured children also have cold hearts. Our vicious twosome turn on us in an instant gleefully burying us in a hail of snowballs. The only way out is the promise of another session on ice, more food and face painting in the Storybook Garden where Sugarpuff requests they paint her to look like Queen Anna and Raffles asks to be made up like a moose!

I think it might be time to find the wine

12 Comments on Hunter Valley Gardens // Do you want to build a snowman?

  1. Kylie Howard
    July 2, 2014 at 1:15 pm (6 years ago)

    No wine!?? Isn’t that illegal in the Hunter?

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    • BOYEATSWORLD
      July 3, 2014 at 1:35 pm (6 years ago)

      LOL maybe! We found some in the end 😉

      Reply
  2. Lisa
    July 2, 2014 at 2:55 pm (6 years ago)

    That sounds like great fun – we would have loved a trip to the Hunter this year but its just not happening 🙁 Oh well there will always be next year 🙂

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    • BOYEATSWORLD
      July 3, 2014 at 1:35 pm (6 years ago)

      Next year you’ll just have to stay for twice as long to make up for it! x

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  3. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella
    July 3, 2014 at 11:54 am (6 years ago)

    Love the new site design Aleney. It looks great! I remember building my first snowman. It was really difficult! What a fun kids activity-and I think adults would enjoy it too!

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    • BOYEATSWORLD
      July 3, 2014 at 12:45 pm (6 years ago)

      Thanks for the feedback Lorraine, Still very much a work in progress and needs a bit of tweaking but I’m doing it at luddite speed! 😉

      Reply
  4. Louise Shergold-Baker
    July 3, 2014 at 4:49 pm (6 years ago)

    The gardens sound like a great place for a family day, and winter sounds fun …who thought I would ever say that!

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    • BOYEATSWORLD
      July 8, 2014 at 5:45 pm (6 years ago)

      Haha, we love a frosty frolic Louise 🙂

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  5. Lisa@RandomActsOfZen
    July 5, 2014 at 11:35 am (6 years ago)

    It looks like your little ice cubes had the most glorious time, Aleney x

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    • BOYEATSWORLD
      July 8, 2014 at 5:45 pm (6 years ago)

      They did Lisa. It’s perfect for little ones to get a taste of the snow…

      Reply
  6. Seana Smith
    July 14, 2014 at 4:46 pm (6 years ago)

    Great! I must link this to the post I did as a roundup and remember it for previews next year.

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    • BOYEATSWORLD
      July 15, 2014 at 1:59 pm (6 years ago)

      It’s such a great annual event! 🙂

      Reply

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