Polar Ice House beckons ice-caperers aged 3 and older onto its slippery stage, where they can hone figure-skating and hockey skills or simply twiddle their blades during daily open-skate sessions. Beginners' skating courses include an all-ages Learn to Skate program and a Parent-Tot class that re-creates the gliding experience of moonwalking on an air-hockey table. The rink also hosts whirling laser-light shows that captivate the eyes of skaters on Friday and Saturday night, as well as private events such as birthday parties or broomball tournaments.
Forum Roller World’s vast polished hardwood floor stretches below a similarly vast ceiling outfitted with festive lights. And between the two? A scrum of roller skaters gliding, weaving, and figure-eighting to the tune of music such as hip-hop and gospel. This large facility welcomes skaters of all levels to slip into a pair of skates and cruise the floors. On Sunday nights until 1 a.m., adults rule the roost, where they can skate at their own speed without having to dodge children or re-oil their training wheels.
On any given day, NYTEX Sports Centre's expansive compound––with plentiful courts, fields, and an ice rink––can simultaneously host a youth soccer match, a women's flat-track roller derby, and a rowdy Brahmas professional ice hockey game. As a hub for world-class competitors and recreational athletes of all kinds, the 140,000-square-foot playpen welcomes casual skaters to explore the same full-size rink the pros play on during open-skate sessions and amateur hockey leagues. NYTEX's birthday-party packages also grant rink access to partygoers for celebratory skating and "Happy Birthday" songs sung by a chorus of revving Zambonis. Special community events, such as the annual Armed Forces Hockey Classic, call the sport's complex their home, while the on-site Italian restaurant, ZuRoma, replenishes calories spent cheering on favorite teams.
Spend a day away from the Sun's self-important, shimmering hotness and hit the rink at RollerWorld NE ($6 value for admission). Skaters can rent four-wheeled shoes of both the in-line and the traditional quad varieties ($3 per rental), and then take to the smooth surface of the skate space to show off classic roller-skating moves such as the grapevine, the crazy legs, and the Calvin Coolidge Shuffle. In the event that the couples skate turns alarmingly committal, or you just need to simply refuel, trade in your wheels for land shoes and claim your bounty of two hot dogs ($2 each) and two sodas ($2 each) from RollerWorld NE's snack bar.