Polar Play Day

Wednesday, February 15 | 11am-2pm | Main Quad

Campus Recreation and Illini Union Board present Polar Play Day, an event for the campus community to participate in day of winter-themed activities and fun on the Quad!

Fun on the Quad

Grab a friend and take a well-deserved midday break. Bundle up and come to the Quad for free winter-themed activities and snacks! These activities are free and open to everyone, no pre-registration required.

  • Hot chocolate and snacks
  • Winter-themed crafts
  • Snow shoe races
  • Archery and other games
  • Build the biggest snowball to beat the world record!

Snow Sculpting Competition

Come out and join your fellow Illini for a fun Snow Sculpting Competition! Teams will be given two hours to complete a one-of-a-kind masterpiece built with nothing but snow. Prizes will be given to the top three teams chosen by a panel of judges and our audiences on social media. Think you have what it takes? Register your team below!

  • Only snow, water, & ice from the competition site may be used. No media may be brought in to assist with the sculpture.
  • Only hand tools are permitted. Teams may not use powered tools of any kind.
  • Molds, forms, colorants, and armatures are not allowed.
  • Teams will have 2 hours to complete their sculpture.
  • Teams are restricted to sculpting within their designated area.
  • There is no limit to the number of people per team.
  • If there is no snow the day of the event, teams will be provided materials to create their structure.
Judging Criteria
  • Degree of difficulty
  • Execution (cleanliness, proportionate, overall completion, etc)
  • Artistic expression
  • Creativity
  • Theme (growth mindset)

Each judge will rank the sculptures from first to last. All sculptures will also be posted to @illinoiscampusrec Instagram for a chance to win the popular vote. Point values are assigned to each placement. Winners are determined by combined total points

Illini Ice Run

Put your winter running (or walking) endurance to the test by participating in the virtual Illini Ice Run! Record your 5K time by Wednesday, February 15 and post pictures including #ActiveIllini on your social media feeds for additional prizes. Registration is $5 and proceeds go to the Emergency Dean Fund. The 5K is open to students, faculty, staff, and community members!

How to Participate
  1. Register using the link in the button above
  2. Pick up your instruction packet and free Illini Ice Run beanie between Monday, February 8 and Friday, February 19 at the ARC Member Services desk during open hours of operation – or come to the Quad on Polar Play Day and pick up your packet there!
  3. Using the link below, record your 5K time between Wednesday, February 10 and Wednesday, February 17 for a chance to win prizes
  1. Post a picture of yourself in your Illini Ice Run beanie and with the #ActiveIllini for a chance to win additional prizes
  2. Join us on the Main Quad on Wednesday, February 17 between 11:00AM and 1:00PM and take a picture in front of the 5K arch
  3. Take part in all of the additional activities taking place on Polar Play Day!