Who among us doesn’t fondly recall the scene from A Charlie Brown Christmas where the children are all skating on a frozen pond while gentle music plays? While you can enjoy ice skating any time of year, there will always be this magical association between the winter holidays and ice skating. It’s a fun and healthy family activity that can create a lifetime of fond memories.
What do you need?
I you’ve never taken the family out for ice skating, don’t worry it doesn’t require too much prep on your part. The main thing to remember to dress everyone up in warm gear. Ice rinks can get colder than you expect especially for kids, and layering is a good idea for when the physical activity starts warming them up. Every rink is going to have skates there to rent, and most will have skating assistance frames available for inexperienced skaters. If your planning on going at one of the busier times in the evening or on a weekend, there may be a bit of a wait to get everyone in the family geared up, so plan accordingly.
Where to go ice skating Springfield, MO
Ice skating has not always been an easy proposition in Springfield, and for a long time you had either had to travel for hours if you wanted to visit a rink or take your chances with a frozen pond. Fortunately that’s no longer the case, and now Springfieldians have the opportunity to enjoy this wonderful activity any time.
Mediacom Ice Park at 635 E Trafficway in Springfield is an excellent facility with two rinks and whole range of activities on ice. The calendar for free skate times can vary throughout the season, so it’s best to check at www.parkboard.org/302/Mediacom-Ice-Park before planning a trip. Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, kids and students, and those under 2 skate free. Skate rental will run you $2.50/person. In addition to open skate times, group classes and private skating times are also available. For those who are a little more experienced on the ice, ice hockey training and open play is scheduled throughout the week.
The Ice Park has areas available for rent for private parties, and if not everyone wants to skate, you can play broom ball on the ice. If you find you’re in the mood to just spectate, these rinks are the home of the Springfield Spirit, the Springfield Express, and the Missouri State Ice Bears hockey team.
When to go
Weekend evenings and afternoons are going to be the most popular times ice skating times. If you don’t mind the wait, that might be for you. But if you can find some times to get the family out on weekday afternoons, you will find the facility a lot less crowded.
Regardless of what you decide, there’s plenty of fun to be had for everyone. Ice skating can be a great bonding time for families over the holidays as well as providing exercise and possibly a lifetime hobby. So, this holiday season, let’s go ice skating Springfield, MO!