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
The Rinks at Chelsea Piers, Stamford
Stamford Twin Rinks
Terry Conners Rink, Stamford
Darien Ice House
Sono Ice House, Norwalk
Westport PAL Rink at Longshore
Fairfield Ice Academy
Wonderland of Ice, Bridgeport
The Rinks at Shelton
Winter Garden Ice Arena, Ridgefield
Danbury Ice Arena