Next time the sun dips behind some clouds and the skies open up, throw off your boots and slip on some skates. Glide over to Prince William Ice Rink in NoVa—one of the busiest rinks near the District—for a day of fun that will exhaust your glutes and wear out the wee ones faster than a speed skater.4087008336_a77d7366c2_z

Freestyle the day away. Let loose on the ice during the rink’s freestyle skate times. With two rinks to choose from, Olympic and Hockey, PW Ice lets you and your little ice dancer show off your moves in a friendly, safe ice-filled spot. NHL and Open Skate are offered every day of the week. NHL skate is geared towards older kids and adults who actively play hockey; you can pick up a practice game or hone your skills with others. Open skate is open to all ages and levels. Skate rental is $3.00 for hockey and figure skates ($1 on Tuesday and Thursday). Sizes start at size 1 for adults and toddler sizes are available up to size 13.

Cost: $7/person


Stick around. Strap on your future Caps player’s helmet and don’t forget the mouth guard because Stick-n-Shoot is open daily at the rink. Held regularly on the hockey ice rink your little NHL wannabe can shoot and score to their hearts content. Remember to BYOP (Bring your own puck). Open to all ages, full gear is required for participation and must be brought on your own.

Cost: $15/session


Have some snow with your story time.  Drop in for a whole lot of silly fun at this one-of-a-kind play time. Full of toys and homemade snow right on the rink, this event is held throughout the winter months. Golf on the ice? Yes, please! Whiffle ball, sand toys, and even bowling are all part of this chill playtime. Perfect for the preschool and toddler set (bundle them up in coats, hats, mittens, and rubber soled shoes or boots), after hanging out on the icy snow, trek to the cozy cafe for cookies and cocoa. Next park your parka near the cafe for a story read by a rink employee to wind down this wintry good time.

Cost: $7/ 40 minutes of snow and story time

Prince William Ice Rink
5180 Dale Blvd., (Woodbridge, Va)

Have you skated through Prince William Ice Center yet? Tell us about it in the comments section below. 

—Victoria Mason

Photos courtesy of Prince William Ice Center via Facebook