Looking to go ice skating in Nassau with your kids? A choice of indoor or outdoor rinks are available in 2 popular parks in Nassau County – Cantiague Park and Christopher Morley Park . Here’s some great insider tips on navigating them – and since the weather is mild, this may be the time to go!
If this is the first time a child is attempting to skate, supervision on the ice is recommended. The lowest age to try this with would be 4, and supervise them every second. And if you don’t know how to teach your child to skate, schedule a lesson for them. The instructor will be able to give them fundamentals and teach them to relax on the ice.
Recommend items to bring: a hat, gloves, jacket and a helmet (bike helmets work great) to wear for safety
This is a great indoor ice skating rink for those who want to skate and not deal with the outdoor elements. If this is an introduction to the sport of skating or a leisure afternoon of activity, skating is a fun family activity in this rink. The number of people at the sessions may vary and if you are worried about crowds, call ahead and ask if there is a group planning to attend a certain session. Clothes will get wet when kids fall on the ice, so dressing in layers may work well to avoid the skin getting cold. Anyone choosing to skate may bring skates or rent.
Children as young a 4 years old were on the ice with protective gear (bike helmets and gloves). Some young kids were wearing hockey equipment (hockey helmet, padded gloves, hockey jerseys– but no sticks allowed during this session).
Since sessions are 2 hours long, kids ages 4, 5 and 6 will need a break. The whole area by the rink has rubber padded flooring so walking around on skates is not a problem. Bathrooms are accessible for those wearing skates too. Benches are available right by the opening of the rink area to sit with skates on take a rest. Plan a break time by bringing some snacks and drinks in a cooler or use the vending machine; sit in the table area in a little room off the skating deck. Kids ages 8 and older really seemed to enjoy the full 2 hour session by skating the whole time. If attending the rink just to view the skaters, wear a jacket, hat, gloves and boots because it is a bit chilly on the bleachers.
When: Numerous “open skate” 2 hour sessions available daily and on weekends.
Sessions for open skate for the month of January:
Sunday-Saturday 1-3pm and the following days have additional times;
Friday 3:30-5:30pm and 8-10pm
Where: West John Street, East of Rock Road, Hicksville, NY
Contact Info: (516) 571-7056 http://www.nassaucountyny.gov/agencies/parks/WhereToGo/active/cantiague.html
How Much: With a leisure pass: $7 for an adult and $5 for a child
Without a leisure pass: $20 for an adult and $14 for a child
Skate rentals are $5 a person with or without a leisure pass.
Master Card and visa credit cards are acceptable. Leisure Pass purchase is available at the rink as well.
This is an outdoor ice skating rink so dress for the elements. Dressing in layers, gloves, hats, jackets and helmets are recommended. We recommend skating at night when it’s not too chilly out. Just like Cantiague, kids ages 4 and up will enjoy skating at this rink. Some seating is available inside where skate rentals and admission is paid. Bathrooms are available indoors. The rink, which is 200-feet by 80-feet, is used by recreational skaters and hockey teams. Group and private lessons are available. Some seating is available outdoors by the rink, but most onlookers stand at the boards and look on at the skaters. Bring snacks and drink to give young skaters a rest during this 2 hour session. The number of people at the sessions may vary and if you are worried about crowds, call ahead and ask if there is a group planning to attend a certain session.
When: Offers two-hour open skate sessions on the following days:
Mon. -Tues. at 10:30 a.m.;
Wed. at 10:30 a.m., 1:15 p.m. and 4 p.m.;
Fri. at 4 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.;
Sat. – Sun. at 10:30 a.m., 1:15 p.m. and 4 p.m.
There are no public sessions on Thursday.
Where: Searingtown Road, Roslyn-North Hills, centrally located north of the Long Island Expressway
How Much: With a Leisure Pass, Adult $7; child 17 and under $5; senior, disabled, vol. firefighter, ambulance corps, auxiliary police, veterans $4
Without a Leisure Pass, $20 for adult, $14 for child
Skate rentals are available for $5. Refreshments available for purchase on premises.
Contact Info: (516) 571-8113 http://www.nassaucountyny.gov/agencies/Parks/WhereToGo/active/morley.html
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