by Tracey Paleo, Gia On the Move


All fired up and melting the hearts of pre-teen girls everywhere [ah me, to be 12 again] rising boy band, IM5 took to the CHILL-Out! Main Stage on Sunday, January 6th, for the last night before the seasonal meltdown of the the Queen Mary’s Dome spectacular, The Ice Kingdom, a one-of-a-kind arctic gallery hand carved from 2 million pounds of ice!

Along with heartthrobs  Cole, Gabe, Dana, Dalton and WillJay, the concert offered an all star line up that also featured The Disney Channels Pair of Kings, The Ochoa Brothers, YouTube instant starlets VanJess, Girl Squad and hit duo Brandon & Savannah, making the night a total hit that was crowded with tweens; screaming, crying, cheering, and rapping, iPhones in hand sophisticatedly video taping the show. (So much competition to get to the stage!)

Queen Mary Ice Kingdom at Chill

And I just bet you were thinking, “What the heck am I going to do on a big boat?”

While floods of blue penguins of all shapes and sizes (myself included in our borrowed below freezing temps gear generously provided by The Queen Mary staff) waddled around the Ice Castles, Santa’s Village and Nativity displays among the many etchings, some iceQueen Mary Ice Skating at Chill skated under a moonlit sky in the glittery shadow of the brightly decorated Jewel of Long Beach docked in the harbor.

The Queen Mary regularly features, all year round entertainment along with its rich, maritime, history, Art Deco decor, stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and signature restaurants including the award-winning Sir Winstons and The Chelsea Chowder House & Bar.

Queen Mary Ice Kingdom at ChillFrom legends to ghosts, brunches to exhibits, The Queen Mary offers something for all ages, as the grandest ocean liner ever built. And it still boasts 312 fully up and running staterooms.

Now, as I happen to be a big kid, on this night, I decided to tempt fate on the giant carved slide housed inside the Dome (secretly hoping of course that I wouldn’t get stuck in the middle going down like Homer Simpson in the Waterworld Tube).

Gia On The Move at Queen Mary Chill Ice Kingdom“We only have two rules. Please don’t touch the ice and PLEASE don’t lick it!”

I’m sure I broke at least one of those rules. lol And mostly it was a Sunday night for kids. But I have to admit apart from the munchkins bouncing around – I had a great time!  Looking forward to my next visit in the coming Spring and Summer months.  Will keep you posted with the updates.