Sure, you can go ice skating any time of year, but there’s something about the holiday season that makes it a special treat for the whole family. Maybe it’s the nip in the air or bell being rung by the Santa on the corner, but there’s something that makes it extra fun this time of year, so whether you’re an old pro or a first timer, it’s time for ice skating Kansas City.
What do you need?
First off, and it may seem obvious, but be sure to dress everybody warmly. Especially if you haven’t gone ice skating before, you will be surprised at how quickly everyone, especially kids, gets cold out on the ice. It’s always better to overcompensate a bit. What about skates? You’ll find that pretty much every place has skates available for rent. You’re usually going to end up spending $3 to $10 for skate rentals at most rinks around the KC area for adults and older children. Many facilities will also rent ice skating assistance frames that can be a big help to those just learning the activity.
Where to go
Kansas City is fortunate to have several little options for ice skating for the beginners up through the professionals. The Crown Centre Ice Terrace at 2425 Grand Blvd was one of the first public ice skating rinks in the Midwest and is still one of the most popular. The Ice Terrace almost always has a lot of new skaters, so it’s a friendly place for newbies. Prices are reasonable at $10 per person, with kids under four skating free, and there is ample parking. Fair warning, though, it can get very busy at peak times during the season, and there can be a bit of wait for skate rentals, so leave yourself plenty of time.
KC Ice at 6109 NW 63rd Terrace is another good option for family skating fun.
What started as little more than a patch of ice surrounded by some hay bales is now a proper outdoor seasonal rink. Prices are a bit higher at $12 per person for an hour and a half of skate time plus ice skate rental, and there are no age discounts. On the upside, you do get the outdoor experience, and it’s a little more out of the way so usually not as crowded.
If you’re looking for lessons or more organized ice activities, Line Creek Community Center & Ice Arena at 5940 NW Waukomis Dr is another excellent option. Apart from free skating nights, and lessons for many different ages and skill levels, there are also league ice hockey and pick-up game nights. There’s also stadium seating for when you just want to kick back and watch the kids have some fun.
Let’s get out there
Young or old, expert or novice, date night or family night, ice skating is great wintertime activity for fun, exercise, and just enjoying the spirit of the season. So let’s strap on those skates. It’s time for ice skating Kansas City!