Natalia Suleiman waits for her parents to push her across the ice at Ice Station Valencia's Family Snow Days on Sunday. Samie Gebers/ The Signal
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Families received the opportunity to skate on ice, throw snowballs at family members and sled across the rink at Ice Station Valencia’s Family Snow Days on Sunday.

“The kids are having a lot of fun,” Alicia Suleiman said as she watched her husband slide her daughter across the ice.

“They’re on their sleds going back and forth, having snow ball fights and enjoying time with family and friends.”

Isaac Kim, 5, prepares to launch a snowball towards his father at the Valencia Ice Station Family Snow Day on Sunday. Samie Gebers/ The Signal
Isaac Kim, 5, prepares to launch a snowball towards his father at Valencia Ice Station’s Family Snow Days on Sunday. Samie Gebers/ The Signal

For families spending their holidays in Southern Califonia, the snow and ice was a sweet treat.

“The kids can experience snow and it’ll be a fun day with the family,” Jennifer Plummer said.

Plummer took her two children with her to experience Family Snow Days for the first time. Her daughter had never seen the snow and delighted in chasing around her parents with a snowball in her hand.

Family Snow Days gave children, who may not be comfortable with skates on their feet, the chance to run on the ice in tennis shoes.

“It’s geared towards a span of ages for families to have fun,” said Michal Robertson, who is the event manager at the ice station.

Jennifer Plummer, right, fixes Kayin Plummer's, her daughter's, jacket before heading out on the Ice at the Valencia Ice Station's Family Snow Day on Sunday. Samie Gebers/ The Signal
Jennifer Plummer, right, puts on Kayin Plummer’s, her daughter’s, mitten before heading out on the Ice at the Valencia Ice Station’s Family Snow Day on Sunday. Samie Gebers/ The Signal

One of the skating rinks was open to the public for ice-skating, while a smaller rink was filled with snow and geared towards families to enjoy with their children.

“It just definitely goes with the season,” Robertson said. “People automatically think that ice skating goes with the holidays and when it starts getting colder it just pops into people’s heads. It just becomes part of what they do during the season.”

The last Family Snow Day will be on Christmas Eve.

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Samie Gebers
Samie Gebers is currently studying broadcast journalism at College of the Canyons. She reports on the weekends as well as produces video content during the week.
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