Ice skating is a wonderful winter tradition. And as the Winter Olympics draws near, the sport will become even more popular; and many children will want to begin figure skating/hockey lessons or just have fun with family and friends on the ice.
So, bundle up; here’s a list of best places to ice skate in Cincinnati and Dayton:
Indoor Skating Rinks
Put this one down for both Cincinnati and Dayton – located in Oxford, Goggin Ice Center is the home of the Miami University Hockey Team. They have two sheets of ice, and one is available during certain times for free skate. You can even host your kid’s birthday party at Goggin!
Whether wanting to compete, learn or just have a great time, Northland Ice Center is the place for the whole family to skate. Children (12 & Under) can skate for $7 and skate rental and trainers are FREE. Plus, DJ Northland™ is back FULL TIME EVERY Friday & Saturday 8-10pm! Lights out DJ Skate with strobe lights lasers and fog! Children (12 & Under) $7 and Adults $9 (rentals FREE).
Children love Sports Plus for a fun skating time (the parents enjoy it too for their Bar & Grill and lots of hockey to watch). Check the online schedule for public skating time and a skate pass is only $10 (skate rental is FREE). And Sport Plus is the home of the Figure Skating Club of Cincinnati…instruction for skaters of all levels and abilities.
Learn to Skate Cincinnati offers a variety of programming from skating lessons and ice hockey classes. Classes are for all ages and abilities; and are offered in recreational skating, competitive figure skating, and beginning skating for ice hockey. Review their online brochures for classes, schedules and pricing.
The Northern Kentucky Ice Center offers public skating sessions all week long. Sessions are open to all ages and skill levels. For your safety and enjoyment, all public sessions are supervised by ice monitors. Plus, the newly renovated snack bar is open during all public sessions. Admission is $6.00 and skate rental is $2.00. Children 10 and under receive a $1.00 discount off admission.
Outdoor Skating Rinks
Fountain Square Ice Rink is open now through February 19th. This is a fun Cincinnati tradition for the whole family! Cost is $6 for admission and $4 for skate rental. Children under 55 inches must be accompanied by an adult while on the ice.
The ice rink is open through February with varying hours. The ice rink will be open to all ages. Admission into the rink is $5, and kids 3 and under are free. Admission includes skate rental. All restaurants will be open during their respective hours, and Nanny Belles will have an outdoor cart selling snacks, drinks, hand warmers, gloves and more.
Indoor Skating Rinks
Drop-In or become an annual pass holder to enjoy lots of skating at Kettering Ice Arena. Plus, visit their calendar of events for Holiday Skates and much more. Kettering is also the host to youth and adults involved in figure skating, ice hockey, ice skating lessons and leisure skating.
South Metro Sports offers public ice skating throughout the calendar year, please check the schedule for days and times. Admission for children (under 18) is $7 and adults are $8. Figure or hockey skate rental is $2. Prior to skating first session waivers must be filled out and will be kept on file.
Outdoor Skating Rink
Are you looking for a leisurely afternoon with the family or a competitive night on the ice? From now until February 28th, check out all the skating activities to choose from at the MetroParks Ice Rink. Daily admission is $5 and ice skate rental is $2. Skaters ages 3 and younger are admitted free with a paying adult.
Now that you have the best places to skate, do you have your skating essentials? If your child is a beginner, they may want to wear snow pants – so their clothes don’t get wet when they fall. Helmets are also a great way to keep your little ones safe. And waterproof gloves and a hat are a must! Have fun and make this winter the best EVER!
Ainslie Gordon is a St. Louis, Missouri native and graduate of the University of Missouri’s Journalism School. Her career has focused on advertising, public relations and event planning. In 2011, Ainslie and her family moved to Cincinnati; and she became a stay-at-mom and founder of the blog, Modhousewife.
Additionally, she was a fashion/trends contributor on Fox 19 and Fox 2. Currently, Ainslie is the Marketing Director for Game On! Fitness. She is also a Girl Scout leader and enjoys volunteering throughout the community.