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.
The City of Southfield Parks & Recreation department helps the community’s citizens stay active year-round by maintaining a network of both indoor and outdoor facilities. At the Beech Woods Recreation Center, more than 17,000 square feet of gymnasium space host youths playing pick-up basketball, aerobics classes working off extra inches, and tennis players honing their fly-swatting skills. Outside, the Southfield Sports Arena boasts a 120-foot waterslide, and flower gardens perfume weddings and concerts held at Burgh Historical Park's gazebo. In the winter months, an ice-skating rink offers open skate hours and drop-in hockey activities.
A lap around Skateland West’s sea-foam-green floor transports inline skaters back in time with psychedelic rainbow lights, arcade games, and music. Despite the retro-chic atmosphere, Skateland West keeps things modern with activities such as freestyle-skating sessions and inline-skating lessons. The center also has a staff of fitness instructors who run patrons through fun and challenging Zumba, kickboxing, kids’ dance classes, and yoga workouts to help patrons stay in better shape than a buff geometry teacher. The skating rink also hosts kids’ birthday parties and has a snack bar where skaters can refuel with sodas and pizza.
With 70,000 square-feet at its disposal, Suburban Ice Macomb fosters frozen fun with figure skating, hockey, and open-skate sessions. The expansive brick facility is large enough to house a pro shop, game room, café, and two NHL-sized rinks where kid and adult leagues face off during hockey games, and zambonis choreograph elegant figure-sweeping routines late at night. Learn to Skate lessons teach students 3 and older how to glide across the ice by using techniques borrowed from the U.S. Figure Skating program.