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
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.
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.
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