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Ice Skating in Fairfield County

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Did the Olympics make you want to ice skate? Or, is that just my family? We finally brought my five year old ice skating, and now she can’t wait to go again. I was planning to let my 2 ½ year old skate, too, but I changed my mind as soon as we arrived. We were definitely unprepared!

Here are a few things that I wish we knew before we went:

1. Public skating hours are limited and may vary day-by-day. Be sure to check the rink’s website or call ahead for the most up-to-date information. Also, realize that if the rink is only open to the public for two hours a day, it’s likely to be very busy. 

2. Dress warmly, and in layers, especially if you’ll just be a spectator. The rink was freezing!

3. Bring a helmet for your child. We didn’t, and I regretted it. Some children were wearing ski helmets and others were wearing bike helmets. Either way, safety first!

4. Teaching a young child? Ask if skate aides/trainers/walkers (different names, same product) are available to borrow or rent. I’ve heard they make all the difference.

5. Planning to ice skate often? Rentals will add up fast, so you might want to look into adjustable ice skates that will grow with your child(ren) for multiple sizes.

As for where to go, check out these Ice Skating Rinks in Fairfield County:

Dorothy Hamill Skating Rink, Greenwich
(203) 531-8560

The Rinks at Chelsea Piers, Stamford
(203) 989-1400

Stamford Twin Rinks
(203) 968-9000

Terry Conners Rink, Stamford
(203) 977-4728

Darien Ice House
(203) 655-8251

Sono Ice House, Norwalk
(203) 956-0255

Westport PAL Rink at Longshore
(203) 226-7465

Fairfield Ice Academy
(203) 254-8399

Wonderland of Ice, Bridgeport
(203) 576-8110

The Rinks at Shelton
(203) 929-6500

Winter Garden Ice Arena, Ridgefield
(203) 438-4423

Danbury Ice Arena
(203) 794-1704

Have you been ice skating with the family? Where do you go? What tips can you add?

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