When you look around the 150'x80' rink at Kent State University Ice Arena, you can’t help but be amazed at the variety of things going on. Throughout the week, the rink plays host to skating lessons, hockey leagues, and public skating sessions in which families and couples can spend a day zooming around. Sports players learn the intricacies of being the best hockey player around or learn a new sport in the rink’s broomball league. After hands and feet start to chill, guests can grab a snack and a hot beverage at the concessions stand, with the fireplace always crackling so guests can warm back up.
Ice Land USA's rinks cater to skaters of all experience levels, offering lessons and league opportunities at their two locations. The instructors at Hoover Arena and Serpentini Arena teach skaters how to improve their on-ice finesse, and youth and adult hockey leagues allow players to compete against rival teams or take shots on a zamboni posing as a goalie. At other times, the Colorado Avalanche-affiliated Lake Erie Monsters take the ice to practice for bouts against American Hockey League opponents.
An indoor skating rink, The Pond Family Friendly Ice Rink hosts skaters of all abilities during public-skating sessions—offered seven days a week. As the frosty stomping ground for the Geauga Youth Hockey League and the Chagrin Valley Figure Skating Club, The Pond helps young skaters find their stride on the ice without having to carve a treadmill out of a glacier. Skaters of all abilities can learn to glide gracefully across the rink during Learn to Skate lessons, which are offered multiple times a week.
For more than 35 years, skaters of all ages and experience levels have strapped on wheels and traversed Chagrin Valley Roller Rink. Private and group skating lessons prevent mobile 10-person pileups, and nights designated for teens, tots, or families feature music tailored to each audience. When the school bell rings, the center opens its doors to after-school skaters, blasting song requests entered on the rink's online song-request module. Skating experts at the pro shop sell and rent in-line and roller-skating equipment, and match feet with compatible wheels. A snack bar refuels participants and furnishes eats for private parties, and the arcade's pinball machines and vintage games slurp up quarters and exercise thumbs.
At Zelma Watson George Roller Skating Facility, skaters of all ages careen around a large roller rink, engage in heated arcade-game competitions, and unite over a common pizza. Skaters buckle up rented roller or inline skates before bursting into dazzling pirouettes or more practical rain dances on the rink. Though not included in the value of this Groupon, gamers can go head-to-head at the arcade area, which houses a plethora of token-operated games adjacent to the rink's pizza restaurant.
As one of the largest indoor/outdoor recreational center in the tri-county area, Skate Zone offers activities for the whole family. Kids and parents alike can enjoy the endorphin-inducing effects of skating, laser tag, web city, bumper cars, mini golf, and arcade games. Wheeled shoe fanatics can Cha-cha or Electric Slide their way around the roller rink to sweet sounds from the DJ's speakers, while high-tech hounds can enjoy the interactive nature of laser storm, where up to 24 players congregate to discuss the differences between a peninsula and an isthmus. Bumper cars put the fun back in reckless driving while mini golf truly unites the family on the green for 18 holes of golf-based goodness. Web City offers spiderkids 10,000 square feet of entanglements and obstacles to climb, while the arcade zone offers more fun with buttons than a family dinner held in an elevator. The colorful ambience of this safe and fun recreation center has everything needed for a fun family outing. Equipment and lockers are available for rent at Skate Zone for a bit extra. See the website for more info
Canonsburg's Iceoplex at Southpointe isn't just a free-skating haven—it's the practice spot for the Pittsburgh Penguins. Participants can twirl and spin on the same surface as the Steel City's three-time Stanley Cup winners, building skating skills or simply body-checking casual acquaintances. In addition to the celebrated rink, a large sports arena hosts rousing matches of football, indoor soccer, lacrosse, volleyball, or basketball during league times or lessons. After working up an appetite, players can head to Jay's Sports Bar and Restaurant where a menu of classic American fare and drink specials fuels post-skating revelry.