Ideas for Ice Skating with the Kids
Going ice skating as a family or just with the boys or the girls is a fun activity. If the kids have never been on the ice before, it’ll be a totally new experience for them. For the parents who are used to looking fully in control in front of their children, stepping gingerly on the ice for the first time is an adventure. It’s sure to add curiosity in the kids who often haven’t seen their parents in this predicament and find the whole thing amusing!
Here are a few ideas for things to do with an ice skating theme.
An ice rink is an interesting place to have a different kind of birthday party. The kids can come – and sometimes with their intrepid parents in tow – to enjoy the festivities. Most ice rinks have a café or restaurant of some sort. This can be checked out ahead of time and perhaps make a group booking?
Verify ahead of time with the ice rank whether gifts can be brought into the rink or if they’ll be subject to security checks. If they’re notified by the parents in advance, it’s unlikely to be an issue. They may wish to issue badges to everyone who’s attending the party in case they’re bringing a wrapped gift into the ice rink to give to the birthday girl or birthday day.
There are times when a mother wants to have some quality time alone with her daughter(s). While a coffee shop or restaurant meal is always an option, it’s also fun to do something active and different. Ice skating certainly qualifies as different for family members who either have never been on the ice or haven’t done so for a good while.
If the women of the household discover after the trip that they wish to take up ice skating on a regular basis, then buying a high-quality pair of durable ice skates for women is a good idea. It can save money over time vs renting a pair on each visit to the ice rink. They’re also far sturdier and if they get a good sense for how their pair of ice skates feels on their feet, they’ll be more confident on the ice too.
Themed Disco Afternoon or Evenings
Ice rinks sometimes run disco events where they have a DJ and themed afternoons or evenings. Depending on the night, they may have a hip-hop afternoon or the latest dance or trance music playing on the speakers surrounding the rink. With the lights lowered and melodic beats thumping through the speakers, it creates far more atmosphere for young kids in a safe environment. Unfortunately, it won’t make them better skaters though – that takes practice!
Going ice skating is an enjoyable alternative to shopping at the mall or catching a bite to eat. It’s something families can do together and live to tell the tale the next day. Make sure to bring warm clothing for everyone to change into afterwards as falling on the ice is usually a wet affair; don’t travel home soggy!