Carousel Family Fun Center and the adjoining Cap'n Barnacles mini-golf course provide all-ages entertainment with an array of enjoyable activities. Fleece fellow family members of their allowance money or collectible Jane Austen action figures with a skins game on Cap'n Barnacles’ 18-hole outdoor mini-golf course ($5 value per game, $2 value per replay). The nautically themed course takes dimpled balls over obstacles and past scenic views of ponds and mini lighthouses. Bring four people to play one game each to get the full value of this Groupon, or opt either to play two games each with a friend or to ponder existential dilemmas during four solo games. This Groupon must be used in one visit.
Seven days a week, fifty-two weeks a year, the Boss Ice Arena opens its doors to college athletic teams, amateur ice skaters, and budding hockey enthusiasts. Operated in conjunction with the University of Rhode Island, the facility hosts the university’s men’s and women’s hockey games, as well as intramural sports, public skating sessions, and hockey-centric camps and clinics for youngsters aged 6 to 18. The arena also features an ice-skating instructional program for both children and adults, public hockey sessions, and caters to events such as birthday parties. On game days, up to 2,500 fans fill the arena with a deafening howls and as they cheer on their nationally ranked teams, and on non-game days, non-professional skaters practice their elaborate post-goal dances before stopping into the on-site pro shop to stock up on gear or pet the store’s mascot, Jack the dog.
At 14,000 square feet, the Bank of America City Center dwarfs the famed ice rink at New York City's Rockefeller Center and provides visitors with plenty of room to skate for hours. All winter long, the rink hosts public sessions as well as Learn to Skate classes for beginners and drop-in refresher classes for adults. Located in Kennedy Plaza, skaters can enjoy a day of gliding against a backdrop of Providence landmarks during open skate sessions, group skating and birthday parties. After graceful spins across the ice, guests can indulge in cocoa, coffee, and delicious eats from downtown Providence's nearby local haunts.
A landmark in the Dorchester and Mattapan neighborhoods for more than 80 years, Chez Vous Roller Skating celebrates one of America's favorite pastimes by ushering guests onto a gleaming floor for some spins around the rink. Visitors without their own roller skates can rent a pair before heading out to glide and get down to tunes from the '70s—the golden age of roller rinks—and beyond. General skating is the main attraction for everyone from youth trying out trick moves to adults seeking a nostalgic activity, but Chez Vous also hosts birthday parties and special events featuring live DJs.
Home of the Babson College Beavers, and thus naturally formed by a dam made from half-chewed hockey sticks, the frozen expanse of Babson Skating Center provides plenty of space for skaters to etch figure eights in its smooth, glistening surface. Professional instructors impart skills in hockey and figure-skating lessons for all experience levels and ages, and public skating or pickup hockey matches allow students to test their newfound skills. Off the ice, the onsite skate shop's staff sharpens skates and keeps mouth guards, laces, and tape on hand in case hockey coaches need to fix up their injured starting mannequin.
At the heart of Boston Common, one of the oldest and most treasured public parks in the US, sits the Boston Common Frog Pond. Although it’s named for the melodious creatures that once dotted the site, today, the pond’s placid surface is the natural habitat of visitors from around the world. The pond changes with the seasons; during the winter, park officials replace the water with ice for skating school and public sessions. During the spring and the fall, visitors cast pensive looks into the reflecting pond; in the summertime, those looks are trumped by the squeals of laughter from children cavorting around the spray pool and carousel.
No matter the season, the Frog Pond Café stays open, serving hot cocoa and soups to warm up winter guests, as well as year-round snacks including burgers, hot dogs, iced tea, and juice.