Have you every taken your kids ice skating? We recently took Scout, our seven year old for her first ice skating experience and it was fun! Our first born child, Lulu, went ice skating when she was four and I couldn’t get her off of the ice! Scout was a little more careful, holding the rail all the way around the rink, using it to pull herself along. Twice I was able to get her to hold my hand and try to come out a little further on the ice skating rink, but she was very apprehensive, and when it came time to leave, she didn’t want to despite the fact she was barely moving at the pace of a snail.
Ice Skating Rinks in Indianapolis
One of our favorite things to do in the winter is to go ice skating because it just seems like something you should do in the winter! Here are the best indoor ice skating rinks and outdoor ice skating rinks in Indianapolis and the surrounding area. Beginner ice skaters are welcome, as there are ice skating classes available and skate aids or skate mates available for rental at many of the locations. If you have the next forward or defense for the Indy Fuel Hockey Team, many of the ice rinks have special Stick & Puck times so kids can work on their ice hockey skills.
Ice Skating in Indianapolis
State Fairgrounds Youth Pavilion Ice Rink
1202 E 38th St, Indianapolis
The Youth Pavilion is part of the giant Coliseum at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. The Pavilion hosts youth hockey programs and public ice skating as well as birthday parties. The Youth Pavilion is managed by the Indy Fuel Tank. Public ice skating sessions take place Friday, Saturday and Sunday, see the Pop Weaver Pavilion website for skate times.
Admission is $9, Skate rental $3. (There is a $10 parking fee at the Fairgrounds and you may be charged depending on the events occurring at the Fairgrounds.)
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451 E Stop 11 Rd, Indianapolis
Public ice skating is a seasonal offering at Perry Park. Check their website for public skate times and any closures due to hockey tournaments. Perry Park Ice Rink admission is $5 for children (17 & under), $6 for adults, and $3 for non-skating guests. Skate rentals are $3 and Skate Helpers can be rented for $5.
Website | 317.865.1833
Ice Skating After Indy Fuel Hockey Games
On select game nights, fans can ice skate with the Indy Fuel team after the game. Skate rental is included on a first come, first served basis. Dress ready to skate after cheering for the Indy Fuel!
Ice Skating in Fishers
9022 East 126th Street, Fishers
TWO skating rinks that are open for public skating most weekends during the Fall and Winter months as well as during the week. Check schedule to confirm public skate times. Indy Fuel Tank in Fishers also offers ice skating birthday parties.
Admission is $9 for ages 4 and up, skate rental is $3 for all ages.
Website | 317.849.9930
Ice Skating in Carmel
10 Center Green, Carmel
Large outdoor ice skating rink open mid-November through March 1st. Prices vary by date and time, but expect to pay $8-10 to skate + $4 for rental. Skate times are available at varying times Wednesday – Sunday.
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Carmel Ice Skadium
1040 3rd Avenue SW, Carmel
Ice skating year round, check calendar for public skate times because Carmel hosts the Zionsville Arctic Eagles Ice Hockey team as well as several leagues and lessons. Ages 10 and under pay $8 admission, ages 11 and up pay $9. Skate rental is $4. The Ice Skadium also offers “Stick and Puck” times!
Website | 317.844.8888
Ice Skating in Westfield
Arctic Zone Ice Plex
16616 Southpark Drive, Westfield
Arctic Zone is open for public skating year-round. There are also “Stick and Puck” times and Cosmic Skate. Check calendar for a public skate schedule. Admission is $8 for 10 and under, $9 for 11 and up and skate rental is $4.
Website | 317.896.2155
Ice Skating in Noblesville
Federal Hill Commons Ice Plaza
175 Logan Street, Noblesville
Generally open during the holiday season only. Fun themed skate nights and activities. Admission $12 for adults, $10 for children, includes skate rental. Passouts allowed, so you can leave for lunch or shopping and come back on the same day for no extra cost.
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Ice Skating in Columbus
Hamilton Community Center & Ice Arena
2501 Lincoln Park Drive, Columbus
This year-round facility offers public skate times, as well as lessons, camps, and clubs. Check their calendar for open skate times. Admission $5.50 for adults, $5 for children (5-17), skate rental is $2. Children 4 & under are free, although you’ll have to pay the skate rental. They also offer season passes and a family season pass.
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What to Wear for Ice Skating with Kids
We always wear our jeans with wool socks, a long sleeved shirt with a sweatshirt and a coat on top. I put the kids in gloves and some sort of head cover that protects their ears from the cold. Often they’ll end up in just their sweatshirt and gloves, but I’ve found that dressing them in layers works really well in case it’s cold or windy.