From arena-filling acts such as Louis C.K. at Mair Hall to thrilling skating shows such as Louis C.K. On Ice at McCann Ice Arena, Mid-Hudson Civic Center fills the calendar with fun-filled events for the whole family. Besides hosting music, theater, and comedy superstars, the cultural center can be converted into an exhibition hall for conventions and expos. And the ice arena isn't just for entertainment acts?most of the time, it's open to the public for free skating and hockey lessons.
Throughout the year, the rink at Danbury Arena stirs with such events as lessons, hockey leagues, and weekly public skating sessions. Instructors also lead lessons starting with children as young as age 3 1/2, including an adult program that caters to varying skill sets with five different levels of challenges, from two-foot glides and stops to forward crossovers. Every Friday night, the arena transforms into a disco party, complete with live DJ music and special lighting, and an oversized rhinestone jacket for the Zamboni.
The coaches at Westchester Skating Academy have trained internationally competitive and Olympic-level skaters. But even if skaters are just starting out, these coaches still devote significant attention to teaching them how to glide across the ice with confidence—whether it's for fun or competition. In this NHL twin rink facility, hockey players also hone their skills with lessons as well as competitive leagues. While waiting for open skate to start, skaters munch on snacks at Center Ice Grill, which saves them the trouble of collecting shavings from the rink to make snow cones.
As they sweep the ice, most gas-powered zambonis also give off harmful carbon monoxide, which lingers in the rink for hours afterwards. But Skylands Ice World?s resurfacers are different?they?re fueled by propane, which means that, with the help of special converters and frequent tune-ups, they emit much lower levels of carbon monoxide. And to make them even more eco- and skater-friendly, the zambonis warm up in a separate, ventilated room before hitting the ice, which also helps carbon-dioxide levels in the rink stay well below EPA-approved standards. It might seem odd to put so much thought into the environmental and health effects of ice upkeep, especially since the state of New Jersey doesn?t technically regulate the air quality of skating rinks, but Skylands Ice World and its staff considers it worthwhile. Because in the end, a devotion to Mother Earth and its inhabitants is just as important as a devotion to sport and spectacle, which is also why the facility has recently installed an energy-saving, low-emissivity ceiling as well as high-efficiency light fixtures.
Knowing that the air and their consciences are cleaner than a personal trainer?s bill of health, visiting skaters can go for a care-free spin around the ice during daily public-skating sessions. Visitors can also groove to toe-pick-tapping music, which blasts out of a newly installed sound system during the popular Friday night Ice Jam event. And when they need a break from the figure eights and figure zeros, skaters can hop over to the onsite eatery, which dispenses Tim Hortons coffee and baked goods.
It can be hard to find one's exercise of choice with options such as the back and forth of tennis, the melodic strokes of lap swimming, or an agile jaunt on the balance beam. Guests at Chelsea Piers Connecticut are saved the burden of such decisions as they take advantage of some of the benefits of the 400,000-square-foot facility's exhaustive exercise options. Modeled after the namesake location in New York City, Chelsea Piers Connecticut provides facilities and instruction for all ages and abilities. The Dance Academy, newly opened in January 2015, has three studios with Marley sprung floors where kids ages 3 and up and teens can learn a variety of dance styles, from ballet and tap to modern and hip hop. Multi-class workshops and drop-in dance classes are also available for adults. The Aquatics Center's Olympic size, 50-meter indoor pool caters to adults, while a 6,000-square-foot water play area entertains water-winged children. At the Field House, runners jog on the 1/5-mile track that circles the 100-yard turf field used for lacrosse, soccer, field hockey, flag football, and more. Chelsea Piers also boasts a full Gymnastics Center, two full-size indoor ice rinks, Squash Club, Tennis Club, as well as basketball and volleyball courts. Members can also take advantage of in-house babysitting services in order to secure some much-needed alone time to test-drive the Adventure Center's trampoline Jump Zone or Climb Zone.
With two rinks?an official NHL-sized rink and a training rink?SoNo Ice House is accessible to skaters and hockey players of all ages and skill levels. Casual skaters can shoot across the ice between trips to the caf? and take a break on the observation area, and hockey players can suit up for league play or practice their shots on the facility?s RapidShot training system. An educational facility as well as an entertainment venue, SoNo staffs instructors who lead students of varying ages through skating and hockey lessons. In addition to its two rinks, SoNo Ice House is also home to the Athletic Edge Training Center.