In South Dakota, our locals grow up to embrace winter in all it's white, fluffy and cold glory. Brookings is no different! Every third weekend in February, area attractions come together to showcase amazing indoor and outdoor winter activities. Whether you enjoy ice fishing, building snow forts, sipping hot international drinks or getting fancy and going to a winter ball, Frost Fest is the perfect mash-up for the entire family. Frost Fest kicks off Friday night with the Snow Ball and continues Saturday morning at Dakota Nature Park, and into the afternoon at McCrory Gardens and throughout Brookings.
2018 Schedule of Events
Snow Ball Dance // 6:30 - 8 PM @ The Children's Museum of South Dakota: Dress up and get down with music, activities, a photo booth and more! Parents and guardians, enjoy a fun date night out with your kiddos. ($5 Admission)
Plein Air Paint In // 9 AM - 12 PM @ Larson Nature Center, facilitated by the Brookings Arts Council: Bring your paints and get inspired sitting next to a crackling fire while gazing at the serene setting of Dakota Nature Park. Artists are encouraged to bring their own supplies and expect to show off their works for a wet show as families flock to DNP for various other activities. (Free)
Ice Fishing Derby // 10 AM - 1 PM @ Dakota Nature Park: Bring your family and your best fisherman to participate in the ice fishing derby. Basic fishing supplies will be offered if needed and staff will be on hand to help out. As weather permits, snowshoes, cross-country skiing, sledding, and other snowy activities will be available.
The World Cup: A Tasting of International Hot Drinks // 10 AM - 1 PM @ The South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum: Sip and slurp a sampling of warm beverages from around the world, including teas, coffee, mulled wine and more. (Free)
Petting Zoo & Hay Rides // 9 AM - 7 PM @ W.H. Stables & Petting Zoo: Feel free to drop by anytime at the only petting zoo in Brookings! Mingle with all the great musicians (aka animals), Ozzy, Johnny, Willie, Dolly and more while enjoying hay rides and hot cocoa. (Free Admission, Hay Rides: $3 for kids 10 and under, $5 adults)
Chili Feed // 11 AM - 1 PM @ Downtown Armory, hosted by the Midwest Maidens Roller Derby: Warm up with hot chili with all the fixings, plus a helping of cornbread for a free will donation. Lunch is served!
Elsa & Olaf Photobooth // 11 AM- 1 PM @ Downtown Brookings, hosted at 314 Main Avenue (Grunewaldt Building): Score a photo and a hug from your favorite characters of Frozen and then feel free to shop around our local boutiques or grab a coffee as you head to the next adventure.
Yeti Hunt // @ Brookings County Outdoor Adventure Center: Experience a Yeti-themed archery experience and photobooth (for children 5 and up). Both ranges will feature Yeti-themed targets and participants will receive a 10% discount on both ranges for an admission of $9 for the archery range and $13.50 for the firearms range. *Equipment available for rental
Brrring out the Animals // 1 - 3 PM @ McCrory Gardens Education & Visitor Center: Learn all about cold weather animals, birds and their tracks in the snow. Kids will get make-n-take pine cone bird feeders, a scavenger hunt through the Formal Gardens and hot chocolate with Puppet Fred. Visitors are also welcome to wander through the arboretum on a self-guided tour with their pets on a leash.
Movie Matinee + 1 canned good item for donation // @ Brookings Cinema 8 Movie Theatre: Take in a movie matinee with the family and share your kindness with the Brookings Food Pantry. The theatre will offer $5 admission plus the donation of a canned good item as part of Frost Fest. Don't forget to grab some popcorn and maybe a little extra!