The perfect weapon to stave off a boring afternoon, Maple Sports Arena invites visitors to zip around its inline skating rink, hit up the arcade, or explore its indoor jungle gyms. Kids can glide around the rink during open skate before refueling at the snack bar with personal pizzas and sodas. After that, they're welcome to swap out skates for sneakers to conquer five-story Marple Mountain?a technicolor climbing landscape that's littered with ropes, obstacles, and ladders?or head to the indoor rock wall to conquer vertical space and claim the wall as your own with your family's flag.
The three fun centers give energetic cubs a place to stretch their legs and giggle their lungs out by housing a variety of amusing, aerobic activities. Roller skaters twirl and glide during International Sports Centre's and Deptford Skating's public skating hours, turning ordinary weekend afternoons into carefree roller romps. Feet ditch roller skates for socks inside FunZone, a multilevel maze of nets, slides, and monkey bars that spurs boisterous rounds of lava tag. Adventure Alley also occupies lively limbs, this time with bouncy inflatable playgrounds, such as Roo's giant slide, a popular alternative to doing algebra on a trampoline. Only children ages 10 and under are allowed in FunZone and Adventure Alley.
At Delaware State Fair Ice Rink, skaters of all ages slice through the permafrost on freshly sharpened blades. Along with regular open-skating sessions, the 49,000 square foot rink hosts hockey and ice skating lessons for children that impart basic skills such as balancing, weight distribution, and how to pirouette while texting. Parents cheer on their children's progress in a large, heated viewing lobby while up to 350 fans crowd into the seats to cheer on swatted shots of fall and winter ice hockey league.
In existence for 40 years, Penn Ice Rink blankets 18,000 square feet with frozen water-diamonds primed for glide-mining. Open-ice sessions are held every day except Tuesday and Thursday, giving frosty foot-bladers numerous opportunities to join a hot date or a lukewarm family member for an afternoon or evening of triple axels and skating gingerly while gripping the wall. Peek at the schedule for public-skating times.
As the sun sets and the skyline's lights dance across the waters of the Delaware River, there's hardly a prettier place to be than the Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest?and that's before the twice-hourly musical light show starts. From the afternoon late into the night, families whirl around an ice rink built right beside the river as the trees come alive with twinkling color and a few friendly owls.
Even when the temperature drops, visitors might easily be tempted to stay for hours. The Lodge Restaurant and Bar and the Fireside Cafe are two popular spots to cozy up with snacks, hot chocolate, or hot cocktails. Or you can warm your hands yourself with s'mores supplies and fire pits in the Winter Garden.