January Is National Skating Month

January is National Skating Month, sponsored by US Figure Skating. It gives ice skating rinks, organizations and programs a chance to showcase and promote ice skating to families across the country. Ice skating is a wonderful way to keep your family fit! Check the US Figure Skating site for local rinks that you and your family can visit.

National Skating Month

National Skating Month

Growing up in NYC, my mother took me to Abe Stark Ice Skating Rink dozens of times. I have wonderful memories of going there with her. She would always get hot chocolate for us and one of those big soft pretzels for me. I really enjoyed ice skating and had my own skates after a while.

When I got a little older, around 11 or 12, a boy I had a crush on would practice with his hockey team after open skating was finished. My mother never minded staying a little longer so I could watch for a few minutes.

National skating month

Years later I got the chance to take my daughters ice skating at Rockefeller Center during Christmas time. If you ever get a chance to visit NYC during the Christmas season, you must go to Rockefeller Center. Even if you don’t skate, you can always grab a cup of hot chocolate and check out the cute boys.

Here’s a bunch of videos from our day at the rink at Rockefeller Center.

Thinking about taking your kids ice skating? Here’s some tips to keep in mind.

1. Wear warm, but comfortable clothing that they can move it. Layers are best so they can be removed as needed. Waterproof gloves and mittens are also essential.
2. Before you buy ice skates, rent them at the rink the first few times. Get ones that have a proper fit.
3. If it’s your child’s first time, go to the rink when it’s less crowded.
4. Have fun! Don’t force or push your child. This is about making memories.

National Skating Month

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  1. Susan Smith says:

    We love skating in the Winter. I wish I didn’t spend so much of the time on the ground. LOL

  2. Kenya F says:

    I love ice skating! I’m actually going this weekend in Prospect Park in Brooklyn

  3. Kristin C says:

    We just started my daughter with skating lessons and she absolutely loves it! Such a great sport to pick up.

  4. Lisa L says:

    Skating was fun when I was younger. I’d never do it now though. I have a hard enough time on dry ground.

  5. ALex says:

    Never ice skated before and never experienced a winter either. Would love to do it.

  6. Linda Manns Linneman says:

    I used to love ice skating. Going to Rockefeller Center would be so much fun. Thank you so much for sharing. I didn’t know that there was a National Skating Month.

  7. Emily Endrizzi says:

    I’ve never been ice skating. It’s something I have always wanted to try.

  8. Kara Marks says:

    We’ve been thinking of taking my 4y/o grandson skating, but thought maybe we should teach him to roller skate first. He’s very interested in both!

  9. Amber Ludwig says:

    Super fun!! I am awful on skates and so is my hubby lol!! Roller skating yes… ice skating is a no go!! Maybe we could go roller skating and pretend??! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Looks like you guys had fun!!

  10. Edna Williams says:

    I do miss skating! I love to skate!

  11. Danielle says:

    We do quite a bit of skating here, the whole town gets together on a pond just off of Main Street for a New Year’s skate every year ๐Ÿ™‚ My two youngest are just starting out with their skates, it’s so nice to have them at an age now where we can all get out and have fun together with it.

  12. tara pittman says:

    It is too warm here for out door skating. We do have a year round indoor one that we go to in the summer
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  13. Jamie says:

    I sure miss skating. My husband and I met at a roller rink and have been roller skaters for years!! When we moved to a place with no rink it was horrible. Never was into ice skating, but probably because I never could master that sport! ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Jacqueline says:

    I had such a fun time skating, I hope do do it again sometime!

  15. Nicole says:

    I absolutely love Rock Center. I cannot wait to bring JetSet Tot back there next Thanksgiving. I think she’s going to fall in love and never want to leave!
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  16. Mitch says:

    What a great activity! We love watching the skaters at Rock Center and Bryant Park!
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  17. Susan says:

    I love to skate, it is something I share with my daughter. We go out there and have a great time together.
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  18. Debi says:

    I have been talking about taking my girls ice skating. I use to do it as a kid
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  19. I do greatly enjoy skating. Just don’t like what it does to my knees. So nice to know there is a resource I can go to to find rinks in my area.
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  20. Darrell says:

    I live in Canada – need I say more about skating and winters…

  21. joanne says:

    It’s such a pretty time in the city. I hope you can experience it one day! Happy New Year. ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. Sarah says:

    We don’t get much of a chance to ice skate here in TX but your pictures make me want to go to NYC and see how beautiful it is in the winter! Thanks!
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