Experience CHILL at Queen Mary

chill at Queen Mary outdoor sign

There are so many holiday-themed activities for the entire family in SoCal that it’s hard to keep track. We love going to local places here in Orange County, but do enjoy venturing off to outside the OC bubble. One of our family goals this winter is to take the kids to see snow. Yeah, it will be a bit of a drive, but will be worth it. In the meantime, there is a place much closer to home that provides a frozen holiday adventure.

We visited CHILL at Queen Mary a few weeks ago and absolutely had a blast.(Disclosure: Sponsored post.) This is the second year that Queen Mary has opened CHILL and it is now on our winter must-do list.

We arrived at around dinner time, so the first thing we did was eat. The kids shared a pizza and hubby and I shared a chicken kabob. The food was good. It’s like fair food; tasty but expensive. Though I have to say that the portion sizes were huge; definitely big enough to share between two people. There is also a bar for those who are interested in keeping warm with a spiked beverage or two.

After dinner, it’s off to explore we went.

CHILL at Queen Mary activities
  • Ice Kingdom
  • Ice skating
  • Ice tubing
  • North Pole Village
  • Holiday Forest

The first thing Big B wanted to do was ice tubing. I showed him a preview of CHILL from the website and he just couldn’t stop talking about it. It was Big B’s first time ice tubing solo and he couldn’t be more proud of himself.

CHILL indoor ice tubing

We then stopped by the Ice Kingdom. Words and pictures can not express the awe of Ice Kingdom. Everything was made of ice. Everything. Since it was about nine degrees inside, every visitor wore a parka. CHILL provided the parka and I couldn’t be happier about wearing this oversized behemoth of a jacket. Yeah, it was cold.

CHILL Ice Kingdom Nutcracker ice sculptures

Aside from ice tubing and the Ice Kingdom, all of the activities are outdoors. We made sure to stop by the ice skating rink, rode the World’s Tallest Rocking Horse, played with fake snow in the giant snow globe, and bounced around in the snowman bounce house. We spent about four hours at CHILL and still did not do all of the activities. There was a lot of fun to be had. Big B still talks about ice skating at CHILL to this day.

CHILL snowman bounce house and ice skating

CHILL at Queen Mary will be open until January 5, 2014. You can buy tickets online and find deals on group discount sites like Groupon, Living Social, etc. Visit the Queen Mary website for more information. You can also connect with Queen Mary on Facebook and receive discounts and other offers.

Tips for visiting CHILL
  • Bring mittens/gloves for Ice Kingdom. It’s super cold in there.
  • Give yourself plenty of time to enjoy all the activities. There is a lot to do.
  • If possible, go in the late afternoon/night to see the beautiful twinkle lights. However, pictures may not turn out as nice as during the daytime.
  • Try the roasted almonds sold by the Ice Kingdom. They’re pretty yummy.
  • Visit the FAQ page for more info. It’s a good resource to look over before going for a visit.

What is your favorite winter family-fun activity?

Disclosure: Sponsored post. All opinions expressed are my own.

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