Forget hibernating and embrace winter with the passion of Norsemen. North Liberty’s Beat the Bitter is back with a week full of activities to get you out of the house for some outdoor winter games and good cheer. Join us on the tundra of North Liberty January 28 through February 3, 2018, for fun on the bleakest days of the year. Some events do require registration, snag your spot here.

All events subject to change pending weather.

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Penn Meadows Park

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170 N Dubuque Street
North Liberty, 52317 United States

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December

Ice Skating

December 11 - March 31
Penn Meadows Park, 170 N Dubuque Street
North Liberty, 52317 United States
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Ice Skating

Take advantage of the Penn Meadows Park 100-foot by 115-foot outdoor ice rink installed on top of the tennis courts! Bring your own skates or borrow skates from the Recreation Center. RINK HOURS The rink will be open to all ages…

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February

Ice Carving

February 2 @ 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Penn Meadows Park, 170 N Dubuque Street
North Liberty, 52317 United States
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Ice Carving

It's February. It's cold. That means ice, but instead of dreading it, lets make something out of it. Watch master carver Ron Dillavou create several ice sculptures before your eyes!

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Horse drawn carriage rides

February 2 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Penn Meadows Park, 170 N Dubuque Street
North Liberty, 52317 United States
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Horse Carriage Rides

Live out a fairy tale and enjoy a magical ride around the park in the comfort of an antique trolley. The carriage will load by the gazebo in the southwest corner of Penn Meadows Park. Rides are free and open to…

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Hot chocolate

February 2 @ 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Penn Meadows Park, 170 N Dubuque Street
North Liberty, 52317 United States
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Hot Chocolate

It's cold. We get it, but we're prepared. Warm up with a complimentary cup of hot chocolate from our sponsor Adam Schechinger State Farm.

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Ice Skating

February 2 @ 3:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Penn Meadows Park, 170 N Dubuque Street
North Liberty, 52317 United States
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Ice Skating

Take advantage of the Penn Meadows Park 100-foot by 115-foot outdoor ice rink installed on top of the tennis courts! Bring your own skates or check skates out from our Beat the Bitter volunteers at no cost at the entrance…

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Kids playground

February 2 @ 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Penn Meadows Park, 170 N Dubuque Street
North Liberty, 52317 United States
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Kids Playground

Let kids be kids on a winter and kid friendly playground in Penn Meadows Park. Simply a recreational opportunity for kids to use all their muscles in a fun way! Kids just want to play, so various activity points will…

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Character Meet & Greet

February 2 @ 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Penn Meadows Park, 170 N Dubuque Street
North Liberty, 52317 United States
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Character Meet & Greet

Make the kids' dreams come true and meet Chase from Paw Patrol and Bad Kitty from the Bad Kitty book series at Fire & Ice Friday in Penn Meadows Park.

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Food Trucks

February 2 @ 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Penn Meadows Park, 170 N Dubuque Street
North Liberty, 52317 United States
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Food trucks

No need to grab dinner before you head to Penn Meadows Park. There will be several food trucks on site.

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Photo Booth

February 2 @ 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Penn Meadows Park, 170 N Dubuque Street
North Liberty, 52317 United States
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Photo Booth

Capture the fun of Fire & Ice Friday with a photo at the GEICO photo booth. A special guest will also be available for a meet-and-greet!

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Wood Carving

February 2 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Penn Meadows Park, 170 N Dubuque Street
North Liberty, 52317 United States
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Wood Carver

Watch master carver Clink Henik of Carve R Way turn a block of wood into the Beat the Bitter logo.

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Fire Baton Performance

February 2 @ 4:30 pm - 4:45 pm
Penn Meadows Park, 170 N Dubuque Street
North Liberty, 52317 United States
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Fire Baton

It wouldn't be Fire & Ice Friday without fire! Settle in for an amazing fire baton performance from the Ambition Baton Twirling and Dance team. Ambition is a group that prides themselves on hard work, building self-confidence, and number one goal of…

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Iowa Birds of Prey

February 2 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Penn Meadows Park, 170 N Dubuque Street
North Liberty, 52317 United States
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Iowa Birds of Prey

Join the facilitators of the Iowa Raptor Project for a one hour live presentation in Penn Meadows Park. During this Iowa Birds of Prey program you'll have the opportunity to learn about these magnificent animals and even have the chance…

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Community bonfire

February 2 @ 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Penn Meadows Park, 170 N Dubuque Street
North Liberty, 52317 United States
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Community Bonfire

Escape the cold and gather around as a community. Join us for a special community bonfire. Come and go as you please throughout the evening. S'mores provided!

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Learn to Curl

February 2 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Penn Meadows Park, 170 N Dubuque Street
North Liberty, 52317 United States
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Learn to Curl

This is the perfect opportunity for those who have never tried the sport of curling! Learn to curl from the Cedar Rapids Curling Club on the outdoor ice rink in Penn Meadows Park during Fire & Ice Friday on February…

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Tug of War (under 14 years)

February 2 @ 6:00 pm - 6:15 pm
Penn Meadows Park, 170 N Dubuque Street
North Liberty, 52317 United States
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Tug of War Kids

Give the kids a chance to represent your side of town in an old fashioned tug-of-war take down. Residents west of Ranshaw Way will be on one side, residents who live on the east side will be on the other. So…

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Tug of War (14 years +)

February 2 @ 6:15 pm - 6:30 pm
Penn Meadows Park, 170 N Dubuque Street
North Liberty, 52317 United States
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Tug of War Adult

Grab your friends and come defend your side of town in an old fashioned tug-of-war take down. Residents west of Ranshaw Way will be on one side, residents who live on the east side will be on the other. So come face the…

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Fire Baton Performance

February 2 @ 6:30 pm - 6:45 pm
Penn Meadows Park, 170 N Dubuque Street
North Liberty, 52317 United States
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Fire Baton

It wouldn't be Fire & Ice Friday without fire! Settle in for an amazing fire baton performance from the Ambition Baton Twirling and Dance team. Ambition is a group that prides themselves on hard work, building self-confidence, and number one goal…

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Fireworks

February 2 @ 7:00 pm - 7:15 pm
Penn Meadows Park, 170 N Dubuque Street
North Liberty, 52317 United States
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Fireworks

Celebrate all that winter has to offer with our 15 minute firework show! Fireworks will be set off from the center of the north ball diamonds.

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Photo Booth

February 3 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am
Penn Meadows Park, 170 N Dubuque Street
North Liberty, 52317 United States
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Photo Booth

Get a picture before or after you take on the challenge of the 5K-ish Obstacle Run and our other winter activities at the GEICO photo booth. A special guest will also be around for a meet-and-greet!

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5K-ish Obstacle Run

February 3 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Penn Meadows Park, 170 N Dubuque Street
North Liberty, 52317 United States
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$15.00
Obstacle Run

The 5K-ish Obstacle Run is a fun run with over a dozen obstacles! Runners will complete the course around the tundra of Penn Meadows Park, executing the obstacle challenges on loops one and three and only running on the second loop.…

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Curling Tournament

February 3 @ 9:00 am - 11:30 am
Penn Meadows Park, 170 N Dubuque Street
North Liberty, 52317 United States
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$30.00
Curling Tournament

Join Cedar Rapids Curling in Penn Meadows Park for a rare opportunity to compete in a curling bonspiel (tournament) on an outdoor rink! Here is your opportunity to embrace the fun of being on the ice and beat your winter blues…

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Kids Playground

February 3 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Penn Meadows Park, 170 N Dubuque Street
North Liberty, 52317 United States
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Kids Playground

Let kids be kids on a winter and kid friendly playground in Penn Meadows Park. Simply a recreational opportunity for kids to use all their muscles in a fun way! Kids just want to play, so various activity points will…

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Freeze Your Bags Off

February 3 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Penn Meadows Park, 170 N Dubuque Street
North Liberty, 52317 United States
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$10.00
Bags Tournament

Organized by the North Liberty Recreation Center, join us in Penn Meadows Park Tundra on Feb. 3 at 10 a.m. for a Freeze Your Bags Off cornhole tournament! Let’s see if you can beat the weather and the competition! Register through the…

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Snowmobile Rides

February 3 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Penn Meadows Park, 170 N Dubuque Street
North Liberty, 52317 United States
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Snowmobile Rides

Have you ever wanted to feel the wind in your face while riding a snowmobile? This year we're giving you that chance. Weather pending, join the Iowa Snowdrifters for supervised rides around the tundra of Penn Meadows Park. There is no…

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Food Trucks

February 3 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Penn Meadows Park, 170 N Dubuque Street
North Liberty, 52317 United States
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Food trucks

Even the best athletes get hungry. We've got you, and your stomach, covered.  

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KICK Winter in the Snow BALL

February 3 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Penn Meadows Park, 170 N Dubuque Street
North Liberty, 52317 United States
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$75.00
KICK Winter in the Snow BALL

Put together a team of nine to twelve players and register for the KICK Winter in the Snow BALL tournament taking place on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018 in Penn Meadows Park Tundra. Must be 18 years or older to participate. Registration is…

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Broomball Tournament

February 3 @ 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Penn Meadows Park, 170 N Dubuque Street
North Liberty, 52317 United States
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$5.00
Broomball

If you can swing a stick and hit a ball YOU can play Broomball! Snag one of the limited spots at the bottom of this page. Must be 16 years or older to participate. Registration is broken out into three…

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Fat Tire Bikes

February 3 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Penn Meadows Park, 170 N Dubuque Street
North Liberty, 52317 United States
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Fat Tire Bike Rides

Our friends at Sugar Bottom Bikes will have a variety of fat tire bikes to ride through their course in Penn Meadows Park between 12-2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 3. Riders ages 14 and up can borrow a bike, take…

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Ice Skating

February 3 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Penn Meadows Park, 170 N Dubuque Street
North Liberty, 52317 United States
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Ice Skating

Take advantage of the Penn Meadows Park 100-foot by 115-foot outdoor ice rink installed on top of the tennis courts! Bring your own skates or check skates out from our Beat the Bitter volunteers at no cost at the entrance…

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