The holidays may be over but winter is still here, so make the most of it by doing activities with the kids that embrace the chilly weather. One such idea is to hop on the LIRR and plan a trip to NYC and skate at the iconic Winter Village at Bryant Park.
The Rink at the Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park features a 170′ x 100′ rink that offers free admission to skate. Don’t have skates? No problem, the facility offers skate rentals and lockers to safely store your items.
In addition to skating, families can watch skating shows and attend special events. Stop by the Southwest Porch, a resting place for tired feet with outdoor fireside seating, complete with sleeved blankets to keep warm.
If the kids get hungry, check out the café lined with Adirondack chairs that invite visitors to relax and enjoy the winter atmosphere under heated lamps. Families can stay plugged in with the Park’s free WiFi.
Those looking for a unique birthday party idea will be glad to know the Park offers skating birthday parties for kids.
Visit The Rink until March 2. Open daily from 8 a.m.-10 p.m. For more information, please visit bryantpark.org/things-to-do/wintervillage.html or call 212-661-6640.
For those preferring day a trip to Brooklyn, check out Lakeside at Prospect Park. It offers a skating pavilion with two rinks providing 32,000 square feet for seasonal ice skating, roller skating, and water play. Families can enjoy 15,000 square feet of beautifully landscaped viewing terraces, a year-round café with a seating area as well we public programs, seasonal sports, classes, and event space. Entry to the LeFrak Center is free. An admission fee is associated with skating and skating-related services. For more information please visit www.prospectpark.org/lakeside.