From skating lessons or birthday parties to a romantic evening on the ice, Las Vegas has a number of ice skating rinks that offer exactly what you need. If you have always wanted to join a hockey team or join a pick-up game, you have that opportunity. If you have dreamed of figure skating, you can fulfill that dream, too. But the most magical experience of all is a rink high up above the glitter of the strip which lets you glide on the ice and feel as though you can almost touch the stars.
The Ice Rink at Boulevard Pool
3708 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
Date: Through Jan. 5, 2014
There is something magical about skating on a specially prepared ice skating rink overlooking the glamorous Las Vegas Strip. The Cosmopolitan once again opens its winter wonderland with a Central Park theme, where folks can enjoy the nippy evening air while indulging in tasty s’mores, warm cocktails and toasty fire pits. Mondays are Date Skate night and “Throwback Thursdays” celebrate the music of the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s. If you don’t have your own skates, rentals are reasonable. Nevada residents get a $5 reduction on skating costs. While admission to the rink is free, you must pay for the skating experience, and children aged 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult over 21 years of age.
SoBe Ice Arena
2400 N. Rancho Drive
North Las Vegas, NV 89032
The Fiesta Rancho has a secret: the SoBe Ice Arena is the home of Las Vegas’ youth and adult hockey leagues, who practice their craft on the NHL regulation-sized ice skating rink. But the staff also offers skating lessons, public skating and an arcade. This arena is the perfect place for an icy good birthday party hosted in one of the two new party rooms. The frosty fun is available year-round and makes for a unique and special occasion.
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Whether you want to be part of a hockey team or enjoy a pick-up game, dream of learning to skate or want to give your children the experience of ice skating in the desert, the Las Vegas Ice Center will gladly accommodate you. Birthday parties, lessons with experienced instructors, corporate events and public skating are all part of the services offered. If you want to plan a winter-themed birthday party, just call at least a week in advance to book your ice time and the staff will help you plan the perfect event.
Athletic Arts Academy
6150 Annie Oakley
Las Vegas NV 89120
If you or your child is interested in performance arts, Athletic Arts Academy offers lessons from tots to adult on the art-form of ice skating. From learning how to first stand on skates and get up after a fall, gliding forward and backward, practicing jumps, pivots, arabesques or salchow or even how to skate freestyle with grace and elegance, Athletic Arts will give you all the groundwork you could possibly need to succeed. There is also some scheduled time for skating practice and fun skating, too. This is the place where professionals go to start their careers, but it’s also a friendly place where staff will help you with all your needs. After all, as its mission states: “It is our goal to infuse our students with an enthusiasm to pursue the art forms which best express their own individual talents. To love what you do ultimately rewards both the performer and the audience and gives nobility to the human spirit.”
Sharon Damon is a preschool specialist, avid reader, passionate writer and creative baker/ cook. She has been a cooking instructor at a local Rec Center in Henderson, NV since 2011, and has written for Examiner and other publications since 2010. She knows her way around the keyboard and the kitchen! Sharon moved from a small city in Canada to Las Vegas 6 years ago, to marry the love of her life, and has since been swept up in the whirlwind known as Sin City. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.