Rows of red, green, and golden lights stream above the solid maple skating rink at Fun Spot Skating Center, where guests glide along during open hours and special skating events. Much like the popular video game Extreme Hoop Trundler 2012, Fun Spot blends classic and modern entertainment, filling the retro space with computerized light sequences set to digital stereo sound. A full-service pro shop works to outfit guests with well-fitting skates, and an onsite snack bar fuels festivities with pizzas, soda, and other eats.
St. Louis County Parks and Recreation awakens the active side in community members with a bevy of sites and facilities dedicated to sports, outdoor exploration, and kid-friendly fun. Families splash away the summer heat with trips to the pool at the Kennedy Recreation Complex or the St. Vincent Community Center water park, where adults can swim laps in two 25-yard lanes while tykes descend an open water slide and practice their manners at underwater tea parties. The six recreation complexes serve as hubs for everything from fitness classes to ice-skating, and offer a diverse blend of indoor and outdoor activities. For more relaxing amusement, the stewards of the parks and recreation department maintain multiple museums and historic sites as well as outdoor trails, where voyagers can get in touch with nature and add to their collection of acorns that resemble former presidents.
No matter the weather outside, it's winter inside Creve Coeur Ice Arena?and that means winter sports all year round. The arena?s Figure Skating Academy teaches skaters how to perform jumps and spins, while the Stick & Puck program helps hockey players work on their passing and shooting skills. Students can show off their talents during daily public-skate sessions or by joining the hockey or figure-skating clubs. There's even a curling club for people who like strategic games or have brooms for hands. The arena also hosts birthday parties, where up to 50 guests can glide across the ice before refueling with pizzas and hot dogs washed down with hot chocolate.
Each year, Shaw Park Ice Rink's opening celebration ushers in the start of winter in Clayton. Located in Shaw Park, the city's oldest and largest green space, the outdoor ice rink features fun events throughout the winter. The cold-weather fun continues throughout the season when the rink hosts public-skating sessions, hockey practices, and birthday parties.
The Meadows at Lake Saint Louis is an open-air shopping center that boasts 30 retail stores and restaurants, including Old Navy, Jos. A. Bank, and Bath & Body Works. Between purchases, patrons can chat with friends in the shopping center's outdoor gathering spaces, or glide across the seasonal ice-skating rink.
Since swinging open its doors in 1965, Rock Roll-O-Rena has provided a safe hub for lacing up and rolling around or simply kicking back with friends and family. Second-generation owners Glen and Jo Donna Neifert keep the facility in top shape, sending skaters gliding across the hard maple floor as speakers shell out top 40 tunes.
Off the rink, bleacher seating, a fully stocked concession stand, and arcade games divert attention from unhip physicists lecturing skaters on centripetal force, and air conditioning maintains a cooler atmosphere during the summer months. Dedicated to keeping the community strong, Rock Roll-O-Rena also offers a strong incentive for youngsters to keep up their grades, trading a discount pass for each A on a report card not earned by staining it with alphabet soup.