Fun Places to Ice Skate With Kids
Embrace winter at these fun rinks.
Whether you’ve got a budding figure skater or just need a way to burn off winter energy, ice skating is a fun way to make the best out of the cold weather. Here’s where to glide around the region.
On the Main Line
Schedule subject to change by week
1001 Darby Road, Havertown
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Open skating for families and hockey players alike, this hometown rink is great for a casual skate. There is a cafe onsite for when you get hungry, arcade games, and youth hockey league games as well.
Admission to the Skatium is $8 for ages 6 and up, $6 for children under 6, and $3 for seniors. Ice skate rentals are $2 and skate helper rentals are $3 on a first come first served basis.
Monday — Friday, 1 — 2:30 pm
Friday Nights, 8 — 9:30 pm
Saturday and Sunday, 2 — 3:30 pm
Saturday Nights, 8:30 — 10 pm
700 Lawrence Dr., West Chester
Ice Line Quad Rinks is a large facility welcoming families for their open skate all week long. (Hours subject to change, more detailed calendar here.) There is a grille and pro shop on site for those of you who would rather hang out and grab a bite to eat or shop while the kids skate!
Admission to Ice Line Quad Rinks is $5 Monday — Friday for ages 4 and up, and Friday — Sunday $5 for ages 4 — 8 and $8 for ages 9 and up. Skate rentals are $2.
Schedule subject to change, check here.
100 Pennco Road, Phoenixville
Open skating is open for business at Oaks, but if you’ve got older children who want to enjoy a night skating with their friends, Oaks Center Ice offers Friday Teen Night with a live DJ to play music. There’s a cafe on site for your snacking needs as well.
Regular admission to Oaks Center Ice is $7 for all ages with a skate rental for $3. Friday teen night admission is $10 for all ages with a $5 skate rental, and Saturday night admission October — March is $6 for all ages with a $2 skate rental. Discounts available.
Tuesdays, 12:45 — 1:30 pm
Wednesdays, 4:15 — 5:15 pm
Fridays, 7:15 — 8:15 pm and 8:30 — 10 pm
Saturdays, 11:45 am — 12:45 pm and 5:30 — 10 pm
220 Holland Ave., Ardmore
Join America’s first skating club for their family weekend skating. Skating sessions are also available for little ones looking to learn their way around the ice — there is no hockey here but high quality ice and lighting for figure skating if you’re interested! Open skating and membership skating have different times for families looking for more privacy.
Admission to the Philadelphia Skating Club & Humane Society public skating is $10 with a $5 skate rental. Memberships available.
In the City
November 25, 2016 — March 5, 2017
Monday — Thursday, 1 — 10:30 pm
Friday, 1 pm — 12:30 am
Saturday, 11 am — 12:30 am
Sunday, 11 am — 10:30 pm
121 N. Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia
This fun rink comes to Penn’s Landing every year, and it never disappoints. Come to skate, come to party in the private cabins, come for the fun. This rink is a Philadelphia favorite for a reason.
Admission to the Blue Cross RiverRink is $3 per person, with skate rentals for $10. Blue Cross cardholders and employees get in free. Group rates available.
November 11, 2016 — February 26, 2017
Monday — Thursday, noon — 9 pm
Friday, noon — 11 pm
Saturday, 11 am — 11 pm
Sunday, 11 am — 8 pm
City Hall, Philadelphia
Come for the winter ambiance, stay for the fun. You’ll be close to all that Center City has to offer, including the adjacent America’s Garden Capital Maze, and of course, really convenient public transportation. But you might not go anywhere — the heated Cabin has funnel cake fries for the kids, and beer, cocktails, and boozy hot chocolate for adults. You can even wear your skates inside!
Admission to the Rothman Ice Rink is $3 for kids 10 and under, $5 for adults. Skate rentals available for $10. Group rates available.
Mondays and Wednesdays, 7 — 9 pm
Fridays, 7:45 — 9:45 pm
Weekends, 3 — 5 pm and 5:30 — 7:30 pm
63rd and Walnut streets, Philadelphia
With open ice skating throughout the week that is absolutely free, this is a fun and fabulous family-friendly skating rink. There are skating lessons for beginners available Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings, and party packages available. (It’s a roller rink in the summer, too!)
Admission to Laura Sims Skate House is FREE, with skate rentals available for $3.
Fridays, 8:30 — 10:30 pm
Saturdays, 12:45 — 2:15 pm
550 W. Willow Grove Ave., Philadelphia
With public and member skating sessions available, this is a great option for families looking for a a less-crowded skating time. Birthday party sessions are also available if your child has a winter birthday. Lessons are available for your future Olympian, too.
Admission for Friday night sessions is $9 with a $3 skating rental. Saturday afternoon admission is $7 with a $3 skate rental.
Sunday, 1 — 2 pm
Monday, Wednesday, Friday: noon — 1:30 pm
Saturday, 5 — 6 pm
3130 Walnut St., Philadelphia
If you’re in West Philly, this hidden gem is the place for you. It’s low-key and rarely crowded, so it’s ideal for beginners. The rink offers public skating, lessons, and parties. Penn Card holders get $1 off admission.
Admission is $5, and skate rental is $3.
Wednesday, 3:30 — 5 pm
Friday, 3:30 — 5 pm and 6:30 — 8 pm
Saturday, 5:30 — 7:30 pm
Sunday, 3:30 — 5 pm and 5:30 — 7 pm
1001 Front St., Philadelphia
You’ve seen the sign from Interstate 95, now check it out: This old-school, city-run South Philly covered outdoor rink is a hockey haven, with teams that start at age 5. Even if you’re not interested in hockey, it’s worth a visit for the dirt-cheap pricing and the awesome local vibe.
Admission is free, and skate rental is $4.
Photograph by Matt Stanley, courtesy of Center City District.