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Embrace the Cold
A free, four-day festival with kites, frozen sculptures and cold-weather activities will help.
Cabin fever got you down? Take a quick road trip to Delavan to enjoy some free winter fun during the first-ever Sky Circus on Ice on Feb. 14-17. A majority of events will take place at Lake Lawn Resort on Delavan Lake and throughout downtown Delavan – less than hour's drive from Milwaukee.

Jackie Busch, executive director of the Delavan-Delavan Lake Area Chamber of Commerce is excited to extend the event to the Milwaukee community and says, “Not only is it a wonderful opportunity to showcase all that the area has to offer, but also to generate enthusiasm for winter weather and celebrate the season.”

The main attraction of the weekend’s frosty lineup is a series of kite displays and performances presented by Gift of Wings on Saturday and Sunday. Top kite performers from across North America will be there including special guest Yves LaForest, the leading giant kite flying expert, along with the “Kite Whisperer” Brett Williams for anyone interested in free kite-flying lessons. 

Beginning at 10 a.m. on both Saturday and Sunday, attendees can fly their own kites, or one purchased from the Gift of Wings kite store on site. And from 12-5 p.m., nearly 600 kites will fill the sky and professional kite teams from Chicago and Detroit will soar their kites in unison during shows choreographed to music.

All weekend, ice carvers and snow sculptors will shape 300-pound ice blocks and 8-foot-tall snow blocks into circus-themed masterpieces. Lake Lawn will also offer cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, snowman building and other outdoor activities. If the cold gets to be too much to handle, children and adults can try their hand at different kite crafting stations inside or find one of the warming stations at either end of the downtown stretch for some free hot cocoa and refreshments.

If you are staying near the city, check out Boutique Blowout on Saturday, February 15 at Atwater Elementary School (2100 E. Capitol Drive) from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. (Entrance is at the back northwest corner of the school.) 

Several of Milwaukee’s best boutiques like Faye’s, SHOP, Ma Jolie and more, will be offering their clothing and accessories at deeply discounted prices. The $5 admission fee is donated to Shorewood Recreation Department’s “Round Up for Recreation” program. Bring cash, as not all vendors will accept credit cards.  

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