Has your little one has been pining to do swizzles or scoring the winning goal since Sochi? Whether you have a future Olympic hopeful, a hockey fan, or a tot who will be seeing the ice for the very first time, the following three ice skating rinks are ready to go with freshly zambonied ice and classes for kids year-round.
photo: Winterhawks Skating Center by Jen K. via Yelp
Winterhawks Skating Center
Formerly called Valley Ice Arena, Winterhawks offers a variety of cool adventures, depending on what you’re looking for – public skate, youth skate school, youth hockey lessons, adult skate lessons, adult hockey lessons, pick-up hockey games, figure skating freestyle sessions, and private lessons. The word on the street is that the renovations that were completed when the Winterhawks took over Valley Ice Arena have vastly improved the facility for skaters and spectators alike. There’s even a gear-heavy pro shop on site for your skating needs, and the staff there is courteous and will go out of their way to get you what you need. The Winterhawks have first dibs on ice time, but the management staff makes up for it by offering extended public skate times around holidays and other school breaks, so keep an eye on the calendar. Check their website for specific class descriptions and online registration.
Public skate: $8 + $3 for skate rentals. Children 5 and under are free with adult admission. Skate school students enjoy free admission (plus $3 skate rental fee) to public sessions.
9250 Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy.
photo: Mountain View Ice Arena by ames via Flickr
Mountain View Ice Arena
Hop over the river to Vancouver for another venue that has a wealth of classes, sessions, camps, and leagues to offer. Their Snowplow Sam classes are geared specifically toward preschoolers who are looking to get comfortable on the ice, starting with the absolute basics, like standing up from a sitting position, to marching and even backward wiggles and swizzles. You can also hold a birthday party there with three packages available, including a private party room, skate rentals, a group introductory lesson and an (optional) ice cream cake!
Public skate: $9 + $3.50 for skate rentals (monthly passes, group rates, and punch cards available). Discounts available for seniors, military, and the last hour of public skate. Children 5 and under are $5.50. Download web coupons for public skate and Learn to Skate Academy by clicking here.
14313 SE Mill Plain Blvd.
photo: Sherwood Ice Arena via Yelp
Sherwood Ice Arena
This ice rink is used by the pros, but also super welcoming or families, as well as skaters of all ages and abilities. From Hockey 101 to figure skating competitions and everything in between, there is a class, session, or special event for everyone. Events of note include date nights each Friday night, which cost just $25 for two to enjoy open skating from 7:30-9:30 p.m. (skate rentals included), two mini cheese pizzas, and two medium soft drinks. The Learn to Play Hockey program is open to all ages and strives to give students a positive experience learning the basics (but gear up before arriving, because each player must come in full hockey gear). Family Pick Up Hockey is offered on Friday evenings in the spring and summer and provides a space for moms, dads, youth, and friends to play a friendly, recreational pick-up game together.
Public skate: $7 + $3 for skate rentals. Children 4 and under are free with adult admission, including skate rentals. Sunday Family Passes are $30 for 2 adults and 2 children. Sherwood sweetens the deal by offering discount coupons that can be printed from their site by clicking here.
20407 SW Borchers Dr.
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– Marianne Walters