Metro Denver offers many ice skating options for kids, couples and families
Winter recreation is an annual pastime in Colorado. Due to the state’s peculiar weather patterns, as well as its accessibility to all things outdoors, open-air activities are never scarce for Coloradoans in January.
Though skiing and snowboarding may be too pricey for some, a healthy and entertaining alternative is ice-skating and the Denver Metro area is full of options. Mucho ado was made about the free ice rink at Denver International Airport as part of its multiple holiday-related events for visitors and travelers during the airport’s busiest season.
“During the winter holiday travel season, millions of passengers pass through Denver International Airport en route to visit family and friends, to enjoy Colorado’s extraordinary wintertime recreation options, or just to connect to another part of the world,” said airport CEO Kim Day in a release regarding the ice rink and other holiday-themed events.
The rink closed for the season on January 1, but there are still a bevy of ice rinks to skate on regardless of your ability.
Southwest Rink at Skyline Park
One of the city’s most popular rinks is located in the heart of city under the lights of the clock tower at 16th and Arapahoe. It’s an outdoor rink and carries an extraordinarily low price – free with your own skates and $2 to rent a pair – that can appease even the lightest pocketbooks. Aside from family entertainment, the rink also makes for a fun winter date night by providing DJs on Friday nights and live music on Saturday nights.
For those looking for a rink with a competitive spirit the Southwest Rink offers that too, every Monday through Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at its exclusive Broomball Challenge where broomball teams can register on a first come, first serve basis to showcase both their sliding (no skates needed) and sweeping abilities.
The rink is open from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and opens at 10 a.m. on the weekends while closing at 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, 7 p.m. on Sunday.
Check www.southwestrink.com for broomball rules and registration applications as wells as special holiday hours including Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Super Bowl Sunday and Valentine’s Day.
The Rink at Belmar
Another popular rink in the Denver Metro area is The Rink at Belmar, which is now open every weekend from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. (9 p.m. on Sunday). Located at the heart of the Belmar Center in Lakewood, the expansive rink offers drop-in skating for patrons of all ages and offers low rates for those looking to warm up on the ice.
Pricing – which includes skate rentals – runs from $9.50 for adults to $7.50 for kids 12 and under and a military discount of $5 for service members. Those who choose to carve the ice with their own skates also get in for $5.
With the kids out of school on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, The Rink at Belmar will have special holiday hours from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Visit www.belmarcolorado.com for more information.
Family Sports Ice Arena
Who wouldn’t like the opportunity to skate on the same ice the Colorado Avalanche practice on? That opportunity only exists at the Family Sports Ice Arena in Centennial. Located at 6901 S. Peoria, the Family Sports Ice Arena offers more than just indoor skating, they have games, birthday party packages, a restaurant and bar and serve as the practice facility for many of Colorado’s up-and-coming hockey players and ice skaters.
Public skating hours vary week-to-week and pricing starts at $5 for residents of Centennial, $7 for non-residents plus corresponding $2.50 and $3.50 equipment rentals.
For public skating times and pricing details, visit www.ssprd.org.