Ice Age in Indiana

Kids carving their names into ice.

Have you noticed that the weather in Richmond has been slightly below a balmy 70 degrees?  In fact, it’s been cold enough to merit Richmond’s very own ice festival!  The museum decided that the festival wouldn’t be complete without proper experts on ice ages, so we commemorated the cold with a small part in the festivities.

Specifically, on February 1st we partnered with the Grassroots Action Resource Center on Main Street to summon the glaciers to central Indiana.  Our event featured a giant block of ice in which kids carved their names, as well as mammoth-based story times.  For fun and nutrition we sold hot chocolate and funnel cakes to anyone looking to warm up from the frozen outdoors.

The Meltdown Ice Festival was Richmond’s first-ever celebration of frozen H20 and featured custom ice sculptures all around town.  Special events included a professional ice-sculpting competition, a frozen zombie walk, crafts, and more.

While temperatures still permit ice, be sure to slide over to the museum for some genuine education on Pleistocene Epoch glaciations and megafauna!


Director Heather Lerner and her daughter present the museum’s temporary advertisement on Main Street.


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