At Delaware State Fair Ice Rink, skaters of all ages slice through the permafrost on freshly sharpened blades. Along with regular open-skating sessions, the 49,000 square foot rink hosts hockey and ice skating lessons for children that impart basic skills such as balancing, weight distribution, and how to pirouette while texting. Parents cheer on their children's progress in a large, heated viewing lobby while up to 350 fans crowd into the seats to cheer on swatted shots of fall and winter ice hockey league.
Walking into Rolling Thunder Skating Center feels a lot like walking into an indoor carnival: there are rides inside, an arcade with video games and skeeball, and there's even a mural of a rollercoaster on the walls. Still, the center's core identity pulses on the groove of pure roller fun, boasting an expansive rink and its own pizzeria. Around the whole scene, skaters can glide and groove to Top-40 tunes. Parents can join kids on the rink, or watch from the booths in the seating area to ensure that their kids are safe and aren't mouthing any lyrics to Will Smith's Parent's Just Don't Understand.
Millennium Skate World is one of the few places where it's socially-acceptable to strap wheels to your feet and take a spin on someone else's polished wood floors. Lively music sets the tone at this family-friendly hub as lights flicker and dance in time, and skaters whirl past a vibrant mural of the Las Vegas strip, with the famous Las Vegas sign adapted to reflect Millennium Skate World instead. Skating is also a great opportunity for families to be active and healthy together, providing a great workout for all ages. When it's time to take a break from looping around the rink, skaters can grab a bite at the on-site cafe or belly up to games at the arcade.
For many local residents, rolling around the rink at Cherry Hill Skating and Fun Center is a bit of a tradition. The center has been open well over 35 years?so for many visitors, strapping on a pair of skates brings a wave of nostalgia. It also doesn't hurt that they have adult skate nights, when DJs spin tunes from the '70s, '80s, and '90s. Of course, the center also caters to children; in addition to open-skate sessions, Cherry Hill Skating and Fun Center hosts youth hockey and birthday parties. An onsite shop also sells skates, wheels, and accessories, so people can roll over all the flat surfaces they find out in the wild.
The Igloo Ice Rink at Mount Laurel furnishes hockey players and figure skaters with ample space to practice puck handling, triple-toe loops, and all-around skating technique. Figure skaters as young as 3 can learn the basics in group and private lessons led by USFSA-registered coaches, who guide beginners along their journey through intermediate and advanced levels. Hockey leagues for both juniors and adults are also available, and designated open skate times invite the public in for taking laps around the rink or practice carving marriage proposals into frozen ponds.