We are an active family — we like to get out and move. Active should not be confused with athletic, though, as roughly only fifty percent of my family considers themselves to be athletic. So when I told the kids that our first Adventure Tuesday of the summer was indoor ice skating, only a resounding fifty percent were excited, one was confused (he’s only five years old) and the teen was, well, skeptical. However, after almost two hours of indoor skating, everyone was smiling, laughing, tired and wanted to come back for a future visit.
The Skate Room is a 2,253-square-foot synthetic ice rink located on the second floor of Hawthorn Mall. The rink is made of Xtraice, a synthetic, self-healing material that looks likes ice and feels much like – well I can’t even describe it really. I’ve spent plenty of time in ice rinks, and it was certainly a weird experience at first. It feels like fresh ice, but it’s not cold and it doesn’t make the characteristic “swoosh, whoosh” sound that ice makes.
Skates are provided or you can bring your own. We started with a fitting and a brief lesson for the newbies to ice skating in our group. The Skate Room has polar bear walkers (skate trainers) to help guide young and new skaters, and there are sleds for really young children to use. After a few minutes of practice, most of the kids were gliding around the “ice” with ease.
The Skate Room will remind you of the roller rinks of your youth (or maybe just mine) with lights, music, and fun! Open skate hours are offered daily, as well as rentals, lessons, camps, and birthday parties. Public skating is $15 per person and includes skates. See the website for open skate hours and party information.
Disclosure: The writer was provided complimentary admission to facilitate this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own and no further compensation was received.