Water expands when it freezes, which is why roads crack in the winter and why most belts made of ice never seem to fit right in the summer. Expand your aquatic horizons with today's Groupon to Rocket Ice Arena in Bolingbrook. Choose between the following options:
- For $8, you get an ice-skating outing for two (up to an $18 value).
- For $15, you get an ice-skating outing for four (up to a $36 value).
Both outings include the following for each person:
- Public-skating admission (up to a $6 value each)
- Skate rentals (a $3 value each)
Cadres of gliding ice carvers etch grooves into the glassy surface of Rocket Ice Arena's full-size rink to the sounds of classic tunes spun by a DJ open to requests. Guests can don bladed boots like a gimmicky television chef before hitting the ice for public-skate sessions, many of which double as special skating events, such as rock 'n' roll or country-music skate. Themed skates with Skates, the Chicago Wolves mascot in January, and Tommy Hawk, the Blackhawks mascot in February, let kiddies caper about with beloved characters, pose for adorable photo ops, and nab valuable networking contacts. After the session is over, visitors can retire to Lake Placid Lodge to relax with hot drinks by the fireplace or rummage through the Internet on the free WiFi.
Rocket Ice Arena
Parent-chaperoned youngsters take their first, wobbling steps on ice skates while the hockey stars they may one day become whiz around the rink, perfecting their technique. Skaters of all skill levels practice side by side during open skates at Rocket Ice Arena. Their nonskating supporters can look on from the Lake Placid Lodge, sipping drinks from the onsite café and using the lodge’s free Wi-Fi to check an app that tells them whether their glass is half empty or half full.
Home to the Sabres Youth Hockey Club, the rink also offers instruction in icebound sports. Their hockey instructors can introduce novices to the sport or train more experienced skaters how to compete on high-resistance synthetic ice. A separate team of instructors specializes in figure skating and synchronized skating, which is the art of synchronizing your feet to go in a single direction. Youngsters can also explore the rink during skate parties, which come with an on-ice instructor, decorations, and balloons.