GALLERY | Cool change hits and brings warmth to families

They forecast snow and predicted smiles.

And there was plenty of both at the opening of Fairfield’s latest attraction Icetopia on Saturday.

The Aquatopia water park, which saw 60,000 visits over the summer, has been transformed into a winter wonderland for the July school holidays.

Along with a 250 square metre ice-skating rink, there is a snow making machine, music and lights, decorations and a food van.

Icetopia will be open from 11am to 8.30pm, with six daily 60-minute skating sessions until July 22. Tickets include skate hire and are available for $10 for one person or $20 for three people. Sessions numbers will be limited to a maximum of 100 people with themed skate aids available for beginners.

Fairfield mayor Frank Carbone said they are bringing the “mystique of winter” to western Sydney.

“For those who want an alpine winter, but don’t want to deal with crowded ski fields, you’ll be able to capture the season close to home,” mayor Carbone said.   “Aquatopia has been an outstanding success as an affordable regional attraction for families during summer. Council wanted to add a new dimension to the park to continue to provide affordable family fun through winter.”