Saturday, January 27, 2024

Get ready for the 20th Annual Penguin Plunge!

New this year! The Petite Plunge for children ages 2-6! Little ones will have the opportunity to dip their toe or boot into a kiddie pool. Petite plungers will receive a T-shirt and a Penguin Plushie!

Plunge participants :

  • Form a team or go solo.
  • Register to participate by filling out the registration form above. Email your completed form to or drop it off at the museum.
  • Collect as many sponsors as you can, using the registration form and/or the Penguin Plunge Fundly page. Participants must raise at least $75 in sponsorships ($50 for participants ages 7 - 18, $25 for those ages 2 - 6 participating in the Petite Plunge).
  • Email your registration form to or drop it off at Amelia Park Children's Museum.
  • Pick out your best costume. (Costumes aren't required, but they are encouraged!)
  • Join us at Hampton Ponds State Park on Saturday, Jan, 27.
  • Take your turn braving the icy water!
Your support sustains Amelia Park Children's Museum through the whole year by providing a safe and welcoming place for children to learn, explore, and grow.

Awards and Prizes

Awards/Prizes dependent on money raised:
  • $75 - $149: Penguin Plunge 2024 T-shirt
    $150 - $299: T-shirt and Penguin Plunge 2024 hat
    $300 - $499: T-shirt, hat and APCM Tumbler
    $500 +:  T-shirt, hat, tumbler and Penguin Plunge 2024 jacket
Monetary prizes of COLD HARD CASH for the top 3 individuals or teams that raise the most money:
  • 1st Place - $300
    2nd Place - $200
    3rd Place - $100
    (Cash prize winners will be based on amount of money raised online through Fundly as of 11:59 AM January 26,2024 and/or amount of money/checks presented at check-in at the Plunge on January 27, 2024)
Individual Best Costume Award
Best Group Costume Award
2023 Emperor Penguin Award

To be presented to a yet unnamed volunteer who has given many hours of dedicated service to the Penguin Plunge.

Staying Dry?

There's lots to do, even if you aren't going in the water!
  • Roast a marshmallow by the campfire
  • Watch a live ice sculpting demonstration
  • Enjoy warm beverages
  • Enjoy cornhole and snowball toss
  • And, of course, cheer on the brave participants!
Can't Make It? Make a Donation!


What should I bring to plunge?
We recommend two towels (one to dry off with and one to stand on) and a change of clothes. Costumes aren't necessary, but they are encouraged!

Is there a place to change at the event?
Yes, there will be HEATED changing tents. The tents can be used before and after plunging.

What time should I arrive to plunge?
Participants should check in between 11:30 and 12:00.

Is there an age requirement to participate?
Children under 18 are welcome to plunge! They just need to be accompanied by a guardian.

What to do after check in?
While waiting to plunge enjoy the other activities; campfire, ice sculpting, hot cocoa & smores. Be ready to line up by 12:50 pm in the pavilion.