When it's even too cold for Frosty, Wheeling snowman event moves indoors

  • Zac Quaglia, 6, a kindergartner from Wheeling, stretches to see the status of snowman balloon art created Sunday by his big sister, Nyla, during the Wheeling Park District's Build a Snowman event. The snowman building moved indoors and focused on crafts because of the frigid temperatures Sunday.

    Zac Quaglia, 6, a kindergartner from Wheeling, stretches to see the status of snowman balloon art created Sunday by his big sister, Nyla, during the Wheeling Park District's Build a Snowman event. The snowman building moved indoors and focused on crafts because of the frigid temperatures Sunday. Karie Angell Luc for the Daily Herald

  • Zac Quaglia, 6, a kindergartner from Wheeling, gets help with some snowman balloon art from Francisco Plazola Jr., special events attendant for the Wheeling Park District.

    Zac Quaglia, 6, a kindergartner from Wheeling, gets help with some snowman balloon art from Francisco Plazola Jr., special events attendant for the Wheeling Park District. Karie Angell Luc for the Daily Herald

  • Far right, Zac Quaglia, 6, a kindergartner from Wheeling, checks on what his sibling and cousin are doing with their snowman craft Sunday during the Wheeling Park District's Build a Snowman event. From left is Zac's sister, Nyla Quaglia, 8, and cousin Maria Baroud, 10.

    Far right, Zac Quaglia, 6, a kindergartner from Wheeling, checks on what his sibling and cousin are doing with their snowman craft Sunday during the Wheeling Park District's Build a Snowman event. From left is Zac's sister, Nyla Quaglia, 8, and cousin Maria Baroud, 10. Karie Angell Luc for the Daily Herald

  • Zac Quaglia, 6, a kindergartner from Wheeling, checks out his finished balloon art snowman Sunday during the Wheeling Park District's Build a Snowman event.

    Zac Quaglia, 6, a kindergartner from Wheeling, checks out his finished balloon art snowman Sunday during the Wheeling Park District's Build a Snowman event. Karie Angell Luc for the Daily Herald

  • Nyla Quaglia, 8, a second grader from Wheeling, gets some help crafting a balloon snowman Sunday from Francisco Plazola Jr., special events attendant for the Wheeling Park District.

    Nyla Quaglia, 8, a second grader from Wheeling, gets some help crafting a balloon snowman Sunday from Francisco Plazola Jr., special events attendant for the Wheeling Park District. Karie Angell Luc for the Daily Herald

 
Daily Herald report
Updated 2/14/2021 7:40 PM

While Old Man Winter has left us plenty of material in recent weeks to build snowmen of all sizes, he didn't cooperate much when it came temperatures Sunday,

So with the mercury hovering around zero and wind chills far below that, the Wheeling Park District shifted its snowman-building event from outside at the Heritage Park Performance Pavilion to a cozier inside the Community Recreation Center, where young participants made crafts instead.

 

Natural lighting and sunny skies from windows offered a winter backdrop view.

"It's too cold for the little ones," said Francisco Plazola Jr., special events attendant for the park district. "We don't want to cancel the event, because with COVID, it's good to get out of the house."

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