Ice rink and skating

When summer heats up in Phoenix, many residents stay inside their homes with the lights off and the air conditioning cranked to 11. Others prefer to keep their home at 80 degrees and visit a movie theater, indoor mall, restaurant or somewhere else that provides free cool air.

The few souls who choose to brave the scorching outdoor air might visit one of the Valley’s many pools or splash pads, or head to a cooler part of the state.

However, there’s one chill option that surprisingly few people think about, and that’s an ice rink. Yes, the Valley actually hosts several. And when it comes to keeping cool, it’s hard to beat standing over a giant block of frozen water.

Whether you show up for one of the public sessions or sign your kids up for ice hockey or figure skating lessons and enjoy the cooler air from the sidelines, it’s an interesting option to explore. We’ve created a map of the Valley’s ice rinks so you can find the one closest to you.

Click a marker on the map for details, click the slider button Google Map icon to see the full list of rinks or look below the map for more information such as public skate times and fees.

AZ ICE

AZ ICE operates three rinks in the Valley: Arcadia, Gilbert and Peoria. They each host numerous activities including hockey, power skating, freestyle skating and public skating. Public skating times vary by day. Free lessons are also available on weekends.

Arcadia schedule
Admission: $5.50 adult (13+), $4.50 youth (3-12), $3.50 Seniors (65+), Free for under 3; $2.50 skate rental

Gilbert schedule
Admission: $9.50 adult (13+), $8.50 youth (3-12), $7 senior (65+) and military family, Free for military members with an ID and children under 3; $3.50 skate rental

Peoria schedule
Admission: $8.50 adult (13+), $7.50 youth (3-12), $7 senior (65+) and military, Free for children under 3; $3.50 skate rental

Chill Entertainment/StudioSK8

Chill Entertainment (formerly BH Skating International) isn’t an ice rink, but it does offer rental ice rinks, both synthetic flooring and with real ice. It also supplies ice rinks to malls in the area under its StudioSK8 banner.

This summer, you can check out it’s StudioSK8 location at The Shops at Norterra. Or maybe you’ll want to rent a real ice rink for a mid-summer bash.

Ice Den

You’ll find two Ice Den locations in the Valley, one in Chandler and one in Scottsdale. Both offer hockey camps and figure skating camps. You’ll also find public skating, generally between noon and 2 p.m., as well as weekend evening events like Friday Night Fever and Family & Friends Skate.

Chandler schedule
Scottsdale schedule

General Admission: $8 adult (16+), $6 youth (6-15), $5 kids (5 and under), $6 seniors (55+); $4 skate rentals
Friday Night Public: $5 for all ages, skate rental not included
Family & Friends Skate: $10 for all ages, skate rental is included

Oceanside Ice Arena

This venue skews heavily toward ice sports; it’s where the ASU NCAA hockey team holds its games after all. It also hosts local leagues, youth hockey and figure skating. There’s no public skating, but if you want to revive your dreams of being Kristy Yamaguchi or Wayne Gretzky, this is a good place to do it.

Oceanside schedule

– Justin Ferris, Phoenix.org