CHILL at the Queen Mary

by Beth Szymkowski

photo 1“The holidays always get me hankering for some of the snowy fun I enjoyed growing up on the East coast, so I was eager to check out CHILL at the Queen Mary in Long Beach. One price gets you onto the Queen Mary and into the adjacent winter wonderland complete with an ice skating rink, a snow tubing hill and the most spectacular of the attractions, an ice slide and ice sculpture display. The latter two are in an enclosure kept at a frosty 9 degrees. Long parkas are included in the cost and protect sliders from getting a wet bottom. The sculptures are fantastic and it’s hard to heed the warnings not to touch (or lick!) them. We had dressed warmly thinking the entire area was kept cold, and ended up stripping off layers on a typical SoCal night.

My sons, aged 7 and 10, are not fans of ice skating so we skipped that and spent almost all of our time tubing. We had Elf Passes, which are the equivalent of a theme park fast pass. They allowed us to go to a line that was pretty much nonexistent on the Thursday we visited so we could get off and get right back on again. Again, and again, and again. If they had their druthers, we’d still be there.

The tubing is limited to kids 5 and up and at least 42 inches, but littler ones can enjoy the winter wonderland spread around with lots of holiday lights and giant candy canes, two bounce houses (which are included in the entrance fee), costumed characters walking about, entertainment on two small stages, a gingerbread house and, if they’re not terrified of him, a chance to sit on Santa’s lap.


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