The heart of winter can leave anyone feeling blue. Nothing calls for curling up with a thick blanket and a good book more than piles of snow and frigid temperatures. While that might be fun for an afternoon or two, nobody wants to become a shut-in. After a few weeks of winter, stir craziness will set in – for you and your children. Fortunately, there is an alternative. Blizzard Bash.

Blizzard Bash is a family-friendly event that is jointly hosted by the park districts of Fargo and West Fargo. Formerly known as Hockey Fest, the event will be held at Scheels Arena and features an indoor movie and fun indoor winter activities.

New this year will be open skating, giving youngsters a chance to skate on the same ice as the Fargo Force, the city’s USHL hockey team. According to Katie McCormick, marketing specialist for the Fargo Park District, attendees will also be able to enjoy carnival games and crafts. “There’s something fun for kids of all ages,” she said.

Getting through the winter months can often feel like an arduous task, but it doesn’t have to. “Bring the family and celebrate all the fun things about winter at Blizzard Bash,” McCormick encouraged. “Visit www.FargoParks.com as the event day approaches to learn what movie we’ll be featuring this year.”

The Blizzard Bash isn’t the only fun to be had during the month of January. The second annual Frostival will be held January 27-28 at locations throughout the area. A joint event sponsored by several Fargo, Moorhead, and West Fargo organizations, Frostival is designed to help people “Embrace the Cool of Winter” in our community.

According to Stephonie Broughton, sports and event manager at the Fargo-Moorhead Convention & Visitors Bureau, the second year of Frostival promises to be even better than last year’s inaugural event, which was a smashing success by all accounts.

“Moving into year two we are excited that we have added some new events to the schedule including an outdoor volleyball tournament at Fargo Billiards and Gastropub, a cornhole tournament organized by Drekker Brewing to be held at Base Camp on Saturday in conjunction with a BURR-BQ competition, and a restructured Kids Winter Boot Camp which will host a variety of family-centric activities including arts and crafts projects, sleigh rides, create your own Dippin Dots, and a lot more,” Broughton said.

Much like the Blizzard Bash, Frostival is designed to get people out of the house, despite the winter doldrums. “We all know it can be cold in the winter and we tend to hibernate within our homes, that is no secret around here,” Broughton said. “If you choose to get outside for one event this winter come out for Frostival.”

Don’t let the cold prevent you from embracing how special the Red River Valley truly is. “Getting out and participating in Frostival on any level this year is sure to reaffirm your pride in our community and I bet you will have fun too,” Broughton explained. “As Frostival continues to grow as an asset to our community, we need your support to help it come a ‘must attend’ event for the region.”

Blizzard Bash takes place on January 16 from 1:00-5:00 pm at the Scheels Arena. More information can be obtained at www.fargoparks.com/events. Frostival will be held January 27-28 at locations around Fargo/Moorhead. Visit www.frostival.com for more information.

By Jamee Larson