The City of Melvindale's Civic Ice Arena is home to two rinks of ice for skaters to glide across during figure skating classes, hockey leagues, or open skate sessions. Novices can get their start toward bladed glory through a Learn to Skate class, wherein a skilled and patient instructor breaks down the activity's basic techniques for eager students. With entry-level skills firmly in their grasp, the skaters can enroll in a hockey league for adults or youth in order to add the skills of checking, scoring, and dodging hurled octopi to their repertoire.
The Great Skate's been going in circles for 22 years. That's how long this indoor rollerskating and in-line skating rink has provided a safe, clean, and lively atmosphere for kids and adults. The rink offers open skating sessions for all ages, as well as special events such as adult-night skates and all-night skating for scouts, which includes dinner and breakfast and a chance to shake-up typical sleepwalking habits. The Great Skate also hosts skating lessons, birthday parties, and fundraising events for organizations such as D.A.R.E and the PTA.
Since 2002, the instructors at Hazel Park Learn to Skate have honed hockey-skating abilities and figure-skating techniques throughout the year, regardless of outdoor temperatures. They hold court inside the Hazel Park Municipal Viking Arena, allowing students of all ages to get acquainted with a full-size, well-maintained surface. Figure-skating sessions follow the U.S. Figure Skating Basic Skills curriculum, whereas the hockey curriculum focuses on speed and agility, allowing athletes to win the referee's favor without learning how to care for his orchid patch. Basic-skills courses provide beginners with fundamentals required for progressing into specialized skating areas. For preschool-aged skaters, Snowplow Sam sessions help develop the basic coordination and strength necessary to maneuver on the ice.
Mount Clemens Ice Arena houses a duo of indoor, NHL-regulation-size ice surfaces for laced-up gliders of all levels to enjoy during myriad public skating sessions. Try out new moves and twirls, skating solo or alongside an imaginary doubles partner, or rest up from successive triple Lutzes in the 5,800-square-foot lobby. Noon skates mix up the lunch hour on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, and Friday evenings in the summer pulsate with the Dave and Buster’s DJ skate and light show. Pop in throughout the year for themed skates, such as Skate with Santa, Valentines Skate, and Halloween Scary Skate, where skaters try to spin away from ghoulish tax documents.
The glassy sheet of ice inside John Lindell Ice Arena sets the stage for dramatic spins, casual glides, and furious hip checks. Their full schedule of ice-skating programs as well as open-skate sessions held most days of the week help them cater to skaters of all skill levels. First-timers can learn to balance and make graceful strides up the learning curve through the Learn to Skate program. Alternatively, more experienced skaters can enroll in the arena’s freestyle or hockey-skating programs, which can help them achieve their dream of sleeping surrounded by an army of tiny gold hockey players.
Skaters of all ages and arabesque abilities soar across Monroe Multi-Sports Complex's vast rink—the former home to 2011 NHL recruit Matt Mahalak. Though the rink acts as the complex’s nucleus of activity—hosting hockey games, figure skating exhibitions, skating lessons, and public skate sessions—, an adjacent field house promotes more land-based sports, including youth and adult soccer, dodge ball, and flag football. Additionally, a collection of springy inflatables allows young visitors to bounce for up to a full day or until they finally convince gravity to permanently reverse.
Passionate staffers stay on hand to offer skating tips during public sessions, assist guests as they sign for one of the soccer leagues, or be of assistance in case of a hot-chocolate overdose. In keeping with their commitment to physical education, the complex’s team of instructors also coach home-schooled children for credits, as well as give birthday children the gift of adrenaline-pumping exercise during party packages.