Winterval celebrates frosty days and indoor play


Fort Wayne area rugby clubs will clash in the snow at Lawton Park at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27.

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Fort Wayne will celebrate the brisk chill of January with Winterval 2018, at several downtown locations on Saturday, Jan. 27.

The Community Center will celebrate a winter carnival from 1-4 p.m. at 233 W. Main St. Highlights will include ice carving, Arctic Inflatables, snow crafts and activities and refreshments. Admission is free. Carriage rides will be available.

Fort Wayne Youtheater will present Storytime Theatre from 2-4 p.m. at the Community Center. Admission is free.

Visit the Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St., from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. for Winterval at the Conservatory. Visitors can make a winter bird feeder, learn how cold-blooded animals survive the winter, watch an ice sculpture take shape and explore the “Fairy Tales” garden exhibit. Regular admission applies.

Headwaters Park West will host Winter Cozy from 8-10 p.m. Guests will indulge in hygge (pronounced “hoo-guh”), a Danish term which refers to a feeling of contentment or well-being. The celebration will be held in a heated tent with cozy furniture, warm cocktails and food for purchase, plus live music and games, ice sculptures and drink luges. Admission is $10 at the door. This event is 21+. More information is available at or by calling Megan Butler at (260) 427-6248.

The Old Fort, 1201 Spy Run Ave., will hold Nouvelle Annee: A New France 1758, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Guests will observe re-enactments of French fur traders and Native Americans as they survive the “dead of winter” out on the frontier. Get details at

Area rugby teams will clash in a Snow Bowl competition at 1 p.m. at Lawton Park, 1900 N. Clinton St. Admission is free. Visit for details.

The Allen County Public Library, 900 Library Plaza, will host Winterval at the Library from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is free.

Science Central, 1950 N. Clinton St., will offer half-price admission from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

The Headwaters Park ice skating rink, 333 S. Clinton St., will be open from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Regular admission applies.

The Midwest Freeze Frame Picture Car &Scale Model Car Show will be held at First Presbyterian Church, 300 W. Wayne St. Hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The entry fee is $10. Spectators are admitted free.

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