“We can stink together.”
When your kid reaches the teenage years, encouragement about family outings sounds a little different. Enthusiastic endorsements and excited anticipation? Please, Mom. And you know I still stink at ice skating anyway.
It’s true. Though my son idolizes the grace, confidence and athleticism of skaters like Olympian Adam Rippon, we both have two left feet on the ice — and neither of those feet glide gracefully.
Still, both my 16-year-old son and I knew we’d have a blast at Ice Den Scottsdale.
That also held true for the throngs of other teens who joined us at the ice rink’s Friday night public skate session, not to mention families and kids young enough to literally skate circles around my knees.
The Ice Den — which is also the practice home of the Arizona Coyotes — offers skating classes, hosts parties, and regularly opens the ice for a few hours of public skating.
Public skating usually runs from noon to 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, in addition to $5 Friday Night from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. and $10 Friends and Family Night on Saturdays from 6:15 to 8:15 p.m.
The Ice Den also offers sports camps, such as its current summer camp in partnership with Hi-Five Sports Club that fills each full day with “nonstop sports.”
My son and I chose to hit the rink Friday night, when skating is a flat $5 fee, skates included, for a 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. session (Note: Ice skating trainers for beginners are not available during Friday night sessions.)
After receiving our passes, printed with the time and date of the session, we stuck them to our clothing—though the rink advises against affixing the passes to leather, suede or other sensitive materials and provides materials to attach them to zippers or belt loops. We picked up our skates, specially included in the admission price on Friday night. (Tip: Your ice skate size will probably run one to one-and-a-half sizes smaller than your shoe size, though you can try on the skates and employees will help you find a good fit.)
As we hit the ice — cautiously — we were immediately drawn in by the upbeat, friendly, energetic atmosphere. We were lapped a few times by some “pros” (at least, pros compared to us), but there were plenty of other kids, teens, and adults wobbling along with us. The welcoming, lively vibe surrounded us along with the cool air whooshing over our faces and the notes of “Cha-Cha Slide” (we clapped, but didn’t risk any fancy footwork).
And we didn’t get too discouraged when two tiny skaters blurred past us to brake, dramatically, in a spray of ice shavings before hopping off the ice: It was pretty obvious this was a second home to them. Sure enough, many kids are introduced to a love of ice skating during public sessions and “graduate” to lessons, either in hockey or figure skating.
For my son and I, it will probably remain a once-in-a-while treat. Still, it was great to find an experience that makes for a fantastic family outing, no matter my kid’s age. From the amenities and staff to the atmosphere and ice, the Ice Den’s fun grew with us—even if our skills hadn’t grown much.
Visit Ice Den Scottsdale online at icedenscottsdale.com to learn more, to check public skating times, or to sign up for camps, parties, or more.
Ice Den Scottsdale, 9375 E. Bell Road, Scottsdale, 480.585.7465, icedenscottsdale.com.
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