Seven days a week, fifty-two weeks a year, the Boss Ice Arena opens its doors to college athletic teams, amateur ice skaters, and budding hockey enthusiasts. Operated in conjunction with the University of Rhode Island, the facility hosts the university’s men’s and women’s hockey games, as well as intramural sports, public skating sessions, and hockey-centric camps and clinics for youngsters aged 6 to 18. The arena also features an ice-skating instructional program for both children and adults, public hockey sessions, and caters to events such as birthday parties. On game days, up to 2,500 fans fill the arena with a deafening howls and as they cheer on their nationally ranked teams, and on non-game days, non-professional skaters practice their elaborate post-goal dances before stopping into the on-site pro shop to stock up on gear or pet the store’s mascot, Jack the dog.
Elaine Prata never let her illness stop her from skating. The wife and mother of two, who battled with scoliosis throughout her life, still found the time and energy to do the things she loved, including spending time on the ice. Following her passing, friends and family came together to create Skating for Shriners, an event in support of the hospital that helped her so much as a young person.
As a part of the
event, two one-hour skating sessions see the ice filled with revelers who glide or rocket around the rink as DJ Beyond Beats fills the air with
tunes. After sessions on the ice, participants can nosh on complimentary food and drinks, sating the appetite they've earned by not falling down for a whole 52 minutes.
At 14,000 square feet, the Alex and Ani City Center dwarfs the famed ice rink at New York City's Rockefeller Center and provides visitors with plenty of room to ice skate for hours. Located in Kennedy Plaza, skaters can enjoy a day of gliding against a backdrop of Providence landmarks during open skate sessions. After graceful spins across the ice, guests can indulge in cocoa, coffee, and delicious eats from downtown Providence's nearby local haunts. The rink also offers birthday party packages with the use of a heated pavilion space, group reservations for business and social outings, and full-ice private event rentals.
Carousel Family Fun Center and the adjoining Cap'n Barnacles mini-golf course provide all-ages entertainment with an array of enjoyable activities. Fleece fellow family members of their allowance money or collectible Jane Austen action figures with a skins game on Cap'n Barnacles’ 18-hole outdoor mini-golf course ($5 value per game, $2 value per replay). The nautically themed course takes dimpled balls over obstacles and past scenic views of ponds and mini lighthouses. Bring four people to play one game each to get the full value of this Groupon, or opt either to play two games each with a friend or to ponder existential dilemmas during four solo games. This Groupon must be used in one visit.
Norwich Ice Rink maintains its ice year-round for athletes and casual skaters alike. In order to keep the community from slathering the streets in butter, the rink opens up every week for several public skating sessions, including most Friday evenings. When it's not entertaining public sessions, the facility plays host to adult and youth hockey leagues and organizes several different learn-to-skate programs.
It's a community hotspot highlighted by a particularly cool spot: a renovated, indoor lap pool. This temperature-controlled oasis is the crown jewel of Randolph Recreation, whose facilities emphasize its surname. Visitors can swim, take a fencing lesson, or play a friendly game of basketball without sneaking onto their neighbor's driveway in the middle of the night. On top of these before- and after-school activities, the center fosters liveliness during the summer via day camp and day trips, which include excursions to Lobster Fest and Martha's Vineyard.