Flakes of ice float through the frosty air, twinkling in the light. Rosy-cheeked children skate across the glittery ice, clutching their parents' gloved hands and shrieking gleefully. Though it seems as though it belongs in the pages of a winter fairy tale, this is the scene of a typical August afternoon at Polar Ice House. The hot summer sun burns brightly outside, but the temperature inside the vast indoor ice rink remains a brisk 45 degrees.
Although the wintry conditions make the rink a less than ideal venue for a bikini fashion show, the cold environment is perfect for the skating lessons, hockey games, and public-skating and hockey sessions that the rink hosts year-round. The center's attentive instructors lead students of all ages and experience levels through fundamental skating skills, progressing to advanced techniques, such as jumping, spinning, and karate chopping aggressive abominable snowmen, once students have mastered the basics.
At RushHour Karting, speed demons can kart to their spleens' content, regardless of the weather, on a challenging all-indoor track. The 1/3-mile course fills up drivers' adrenaline tanks with hairpin curves, winding turns, and high-speed straights. New SODI RX7 karts with 6.5-horsepower engines and improved safety features reach race speeds of up to 40 mph for an adult-sized dose of acceleration exhilaration for drivers 15 and up, while junior karts provide more manageable speeds for drivers 8 to 14 years old. Today's deal gets each driver onto the track for two eight-minute heats, providing an ample cure for the toe tingles that come with lead foot.