A winter playground in Adelaide complete with an open air ice rink for ice skating, themed bars, warming food and children’s entertainment that will run daily. This will be an all-ages destination this winter.
The masterminds behind the Royal Croquet Club are at it again… This July, The Social Creative in conjunction with Renewal SA will be launching the Alpine Winter Village in Adelaide for its inaugural season.
The Alpine Winter Village is an intriguing, creative and Christmas ‘inspired’ winter activation, that is set to reinvigorate the River Torrens Riverbank this winter. Think Christmas in July with a European Christmas market atmosphere – family fun during the day, kicking on for the young at heart with warmth and good times well into the night!
Alpine Winter Village is winter’s answer to the Mad-March festival season, a creative wintery wonderland that will be an exciting escape for the young & the young at heart…
Hosted at the Torrens Parade Grounds, the inaugural Alpine Winter Village is launching on Thursday 7 July 2016 and will run until 31 July. There will be ice skating on an open air ice rink and a calendar of experiences every day for the school holidays, complete with an Apres Ski Lodge – just one of the many activations that will keep visitors entertained well into the night.
The Alpine Winter Village promises to wake Adelaide up this winter, shining a spotlight on one of Adelaide’s most picturesque locations as well as showcasing the best aspects of our food, entertainment, live music and much more.
Play & Go Review | Thursday 7 July 2016
The Torrens Parade Grounds in Adelaide is given a twinkling European Christmas makeover this Winter – and it’s beautiful. It’s like a little bit of Fringe in the middle of the year. Yes it’s Winter but hey, the cold doesn’t bother us anyway…
The open air ice skating rink is the closest we’ll get to skating on a frozen lake. It’s such a gorgeous setting in the park, amongst tall trees in a wintery Christmas theme – complete with an Alpine lodge, Teepee tents, Christmas trees, Christmas floats from the Credit Union Christmas pageant, log fires, warm food & drinks. At night the twinkling lights hanging from the trees are a such a pretty sight – quite magical for kids (and adults too).
There’s plenty of seating, with tables and chairs beside the rink, and all through the food area, plus there’s logs and other seating too. If it were to rain you can head for shelter in the large Apres Ski Lodge or the chill out dome. The grass is a bit muddy so don’t wear your new suede boots.
The kids were delighted that there are hot pretzels there, my husband was happy with the German sausage and my hand made pasta (the ragu) from Mangia Mangia was scrumptious. A round of hot chocolates was the perfect treat to end our meal. Other food we saw that looked yummy included crepes and wood oven pizza.
There is a little market with a variety of tent stalls for you to browse. There’s other entertainment planned for kids during the day as well, all through the school holidays.
Our Play & Go Tips
- Book your tickets online BEFORE going. It will get busy in the school holidays and the last thing you need is to turn up with excited kids, only to be told all the sessions are booked out for hours! Plus there’s often a line-up to buy tickets. Here’s the link to book.
- As mentioned before, the grass will be muddy if it’s been rainy so wear appropriate footwear.
- The ice skates are brand new so the fasteners are a little difficult to open. Please note: there is a little button at the end of each strap holder which you need to press to release the strap. Otherwise you’ll be there trying to pull open the strap with no luck. This is different to the ice skates we used at Winter Wonderland in Glenelg – those skates did not have the little button.
- Get there 10 to 15 minutes before your skating session begins to give you time to get the right size skates. You may have to try a couple of different sizes to get one that fits properly. Kids will need help putting their skates on – so allow time for this. We found that the kids needed 1 to 2 sizes larger than their usual shoe size eg Mr 7 who is in size 1 wore a size 3; Miss 11 who is usually a size 5, wore a size 6.
- Bring along a spare pair of pants for younger kids. Mr 7 fell over a few times and his jeans were pretty wet by the end of the session – it’s pretty cold in the open air with wet clothes on, if you want to grab something to eat, or look around afterwards.
- An adult is required to accompany a child aged 2 to 5 years on the ice and will be required to pay admission. Children under 5 need to wear enclosed shoes for the learning skates. These are little skates that are velcroed onto the child’s normal shoes. Instead of one steel blade in the centre, they have 4 smaller blades, which is much easier for younger children to balance on.
- The smallest size shoe for children in the normal ice skating shoes is Children’s Size 12. All kids with feet smaller than this can wear these learning skates. Make sure your child wears enclosed footwear suitable for these (sneakers are good).
- IcePal Penguins are available to hire for $5.00 to assist new skaters to learn how to skate. Please note there are a limited number of these available so we recommend pre-booking.
- Wear layers. That way you can take things off if you get too warm, which often happens after a bit of skating.
- Wear a beanie/hat or hooded jacket/top; scarf and gloves.
- Often your legs can get cold, so wearing a pair of tights under jeans or pants can help, fleecy pants for kids are a good idea too.
- Gloves offer both warmth and protection. Remind kids to try and keep their fingers tucked into a fist quickly if they fall over, rather than having their fingers spread on the ice, just in case someone skates too close.
- Ice skates are not comfortable to wear for long. Wear thick long socks and we’d even recommend wearing 2 pairs to prevent the skates from rubbing and causing blisters. Take a few bandaids with you in case of blisters – it can help reduce the whining and whingeing after (a lesson learnt from previous ice skating sessions). If you do wear thick or two pairs of socks you will likely need the next size up in skates.
- Make sure you have enough Adults to adequately assist the number of children you have. The penguins are helpful but little ones may not feel confident going out on the rink by themselves with so many people on the ice whizzing around them. If you are not confident skating yourself, perhaps go with friends who can, so there are other adults who can help your child. Some older kids will not want to use the penguins but still need assistance until they feel more confident….maybe the whole time you are there.
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Looking for accommodation near the Alpine Winter Village?
Indulge yourself this winter with a luxury escape to the InterContinental Adelaide – just a short walk from the Alpine Village.
For more information and all enquiries please visit the Alpine Winter Village Facebook page here and the Alpine Winter Village website or the Adelaide Riverbank website.
What: Alpine Winter Village in Adelaide | Ice Skating & Festivities on the Torrens Riverbank
When: Thursday 7 July 2016 to Sunday 31 July 2016
Where: Torrens Parade Grounds | Victoria Drive, Adelaide
Images from Alpine Winter Village Facebook page.
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