Open year-round, Kirkwood Ice Skating Rink plays host to public skating sessions, lessons, and hockey games for fledgling wintertime athletes. The rink bathes in natural light, which pours through translucent panels to illuminate and spotlight skaters as they make their elliptical loops. Just beyond the rink's edge, a concession area serves hot eats worthy of consumption in the adjacent, fireplace-equipped warming area. A jam-packed monthly schedule details one-and-a-half and two-hour public skating sessions seven days a week, allowing skaters to get their icy fix regardless of conflicting guitar lessons or power lunches with dapper climatologists.
St. Louis County Parks and Recreation awakens the active side in community members with a bevy of sites and facilities dedicated to sports, outdoor exploration, and kid-friendly fun. Families splash away the summer heat with trips to the pool at the Kennedy Recreation Complex or the St. Vincent Community Center water park, where adults can swim laps in two 25-yard lanes while tykes descend an open water slide and practice their manners at underwater tea parties. The six recreation complexes serve as hubs for everything from fitness classes to ice-skating, and offer a diverse blend of indoor and outdoor activities. For more relaxing amusement, the stewards of the parks and recreation department maintain multiple museums and historic sites as well as outdoor trails, where voyagers can get in touch with nature and add to their collection of acorns that resemble former presidents.
No matter the weather outside, it's winter inside Creve Coeur Ice Arena?and that means winter sports all year round. The arena?s Figure Skating Academy teaches skaters how to perform jumps and spins, while the Stick & Puck program helps hockey players work on their passing and shooting skills. Students can show off their talents during daily public-skate sessions or by joining the hockey or figure-skating clubs. There's even a curling club for people who like strategic games or have brooms for hands. The arena also hosts birthday parties, where up to 50 guests can glide across the ice before refueling with pizzas and hot dogs washed down with hot chocolate.
Come to the Peabody Opera House and marvel at the rich history and lavish décor of this grand building. This gorgeous 3,500 seat opera house has set the stage for amazing shows by Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, Tony Bennett, Katherine Hepburn, Jack Benny and much more. Today the Peabody Opera House carries on the meaningful tradition of bringing great performances to their audience. They have a wide array of high quality entertainment to choose from including concerts, family shows, theatrical performances and comedies. Sit in one of their comfortable chairs and get ready to enjoy an unforgettable show.
Each year, Shaw Park Ice Rink's opening celebration ushers in the start of winter in Clayton. Located in Shaw Park, the city's oldest and largest green space, the outdoor ice rink features fun events throughout the winter. The cold-weather fun continues throughout the season when the rink hosts public-skating sessions, hockey practices, and birthday parties.
Since swinging open its doors in 1965, Rock Roll-O-Rena has provided a safe hub for lacing up and rolling around or simply kicking back with friends and family. Second-generation owners Glen and Jo Donna Neifert keep the facility in top shape, sending skaters gliding across the hard maple floor as speakers shell out top 40 tunes.
Off the rink, bleacher seating, a fully stocked concession stand, and arcade games divert attention from unhip physicists lecturing skaters on centripetal force, and air conditioning maintains a cooler atmosphere during the summer months. Dedicated to keeping the community strong, Rock Roll-O-Rena also offers a strong incentive for youngsters to keep up their grades, trading a discount pass for each A on a report card not earned by staining it with alphabet soup.