‘Frozen in the Village’ fake snow play area added to agenda for 19th annual VillageFest

A SnoWonder play area at a community event in Texas.
A SnoWonder play area at a community event in Texas.

Northeast Johnson County’s most well attended and famously toasty Fourth of July celebration will be getting a frosty (looking) addition this year.

Organizers of the 19th annual VillageFest have announced this year’s celebration will include a new feature: a large tent featuring fake snow for kids to play in — along with appearances by characters from the Disney hit “Frozen.”

The “Frozen in the Village” play area will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Elsa will be on hand from 10 a.m. to noon for photos. A blow up Olaf figure will be at the play area from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The “snow” in the play area will be a substance called SnoWonder, a polymer developed to imitate the properties of snow (it’s used in Japanese snowboard parks). SnoWonder is also super absorbent, and is often mixed in with soil by farmers to help retain moisture. Prairie Village Public Works will take the SnoWonder used at VillageFest and add it to a compost pile at the Public Works facility.