Sometimes the best days just sort of happen. Two days after Christmas, I had a house full of wild monkeys that needed to escape confinement. So we bundled up and drove to our Summit Park, where I imagined an afternoon of playground and playscape fun.
On the way, however, the “scattered showers” Dark Sky had warned of became steady, sleeting rain. I pulled into the parking lot with no backup plan, until I saw signs for The Summit Park Ice Rink. The rink was just about to open, only $5/person and fairly covered… so we switched gears and decided to give ice skating a whirl.
I’m always impressed by my kids’ ability to go with the flow so readily — and happily. Having never skated before, Mary and Harvey were excited to give it a go. And Julian, my most cautious, look-before-you-leap child, couldn’t wait to get on the ice.
The Summit Park Ice Rink is located underneath the Glass Canopy, by all the restaurants. You’ll check in and rent your skates at a large, heated tent by the rink, which has tables and lots of cubbies to stash shoes and bags. Admission and skate rental is just $5/person 4 and up (cash and credit cards are accepted), and there were plenty of friendly helpers to make checking in fast and easy.
I was a little worried about letting my kids loose on the ice, but I didn’t need to be. There were large skating aids for the kids to use on the ice. They kind of looked like big, blue walkers, and they were very helpful in getting my crew acclimated to the slippery surface!
In fact, after a few rounds, each of my kids was comfortable trying the ice sans aids. And luckily, they were all nice and bundled up, making it pretty painless when they did fall. (There was also a very skilled — and very sweet — member of the ice rink who skated around and readily helped my kids and husband when they did fall.)
We had the best time ice skating at Summit Park, and will most likely be back before the end of the season. If you’re a parent of younger kids and are worried about the logistics of taking your kids ice skating, I highly recommend starting at Summit Park. With its central location, convenient parking, accessible size and reasonable rates, The Summit Park Ice Rink makes for a fun and memorable family outing!