There’s no better way to burn off the excesses of the holidays than to skate around an ice rink a few dozen dozen times. Luckily, there isn’t a shortage of the slick frozen stuff. Close to home in Baristaville is Floyd Hall Arena, which offers ample public skating hours and lessons for everyone from novices to expert figure skaters and hockey enthusiasts. Floyd Hall boasts two NHL-size rinks, an off-ice training area, concession stand, pro shop and facilities for birthday parties. With three public skating slots daily, beginning at 10.30am, it’s one way of keeping your kids from climbing walls inside your home over the school break.
Lessons and slightly fewer public skating hours are available at the Clary Anderson arena on Chestnut Ave, which is run by the United Skates of America. On weekdays and afternoons, it’s $6 per person ($7 on weekends) for admission and $3.75 for skate rental.
Families enjoying a staycation may as well traipse into NYC, where outdoor skating is a romantic, music-accompanied experience at the Pond at Bryant Park, which will welcome anyone with knife-heeled boots from 8am until 10pm on most days. Bring your own, or rent skates for under $10 a pair. Entrance is free.
There is, of course, the rink at The Rockefeller Center. Check the schedule on the link, and remember there’s an entrance fee for adults of $15.50 each and $9.50 for kids, along with skate rental.
Central Park also has picturesque outdoor skating at its Wolllman Rink, or at the Lasker Rink, for a fee of between $3-$6 per youth, and $6-$10 per adult.