IceTown Riverside was a fantastic place to bring my 3 girls this weekend! We had so much fun on the ice. Even though it was my kids first experience they had an amazing time and we all want to return again soon! Special thanks goes out to IceTown Riverside for sponsoring this post and providing my family an ice skating experience for the day so we could share our pictures with you. Check here for a great deal to skate at IceTown Riverside here. + use code THANKU20 at checkout for 20% off ’til 6/30
I hadn’t been skating for probably 25 years, and my girls had never been skating so let me say that I was a little hesitant when they wanted to go ice skating. I thought, “how am I going to be able to remember how to skate + help two little ones (5 & 7) learn how to skate all at the same time?” Well after some time I took them to IceTown Riverside to try out a sport I once loved, took lessons for many years with my friends and really wanted my girls to enjoy it too…..and it was really Fantastic!!
We got our skates on, stores our things in a nearby locker & headed off to the rink. They have two rinks, which is pretty cool, one for hockey practice/lessons and one for ice skating open skate sessions / lessons. We arrived right when open skating began and stayed for 3 whole hours!! I seriously thought we wouldn’t last much longer than an hr. but I couldn’t pull them off once they got the hang of it!
Once or twice around the rink holding on for dear life, my two little ones made their way around comfortably as they held on to the railing that went all the way around which created confidence in them as they learned to balance and skate. Third time around, they went to one hand on the rail, and from then on it was “let go Mom, I can do it” with huge smiles on their faces.
About an hour into our session, they had everyone exit the rink and had a talented young lady come out to show us her routine. She was amazing & a great treat for my kids to see up close someone who has obviously put a lot of time and training into a sport she truly loves. I spoke to one of the instructors who said they offered lessons there, & offer a Free introductory lesson as well…love that! As we returned to the ice they had a number of fun activities in the center of the rink such as limbo, dancing and prizes for the winners too!
One of the most surprising and wonderful additions to our skate session, was that about halfway through our time there, instructors came out to give Free skate lessons to whomever wanted to join in!! It was a great treat since my kids had never skated before, and their tips were easy to follow and they made it really fun. The staff at IceTown Riverside was wonderful, helpful and even picked up my middle child when she fell and skated with her to the side, fixing her skate as they exited the rink…..love that!!
When it was time to go, we returned our skates and took some time to watch hockey practice on the other rink. It was fun to see the “game” up close as I had never taken them to a game and it was just something they saw on t.v., much more fun in person. I would highly recommend IceTown Riverside for open skate sessions, lessons & they even offer birthday party packages there (there was one going on when we were there). It was truly a great experience and we will definitely be returning for some more time on the ice!!