The perfect weapon to stave off a boring afternoon, Maple Sports Arena invites visitors to zip around its inline skating rink, hit up the arcade, or explore its indoor jungle gyms. Kids can glide around the rink during open skate before refueling at the snack bar with personal pizzas and sodas. After that, they're welcome to swap out skates for sneakers to conquer five-story Marple Mountain?a technicolor climbing landscape that's littered with ropes, obstacles, and ladders?or head to the indoor rock wall to conquer vertical space and claim the wall as your own with your family's flag.
Every day The Rink at Warwick opens the gates to one of its two ice rinks to the public. During that time, skating novices and experts alike take to the ice, enjoying a feeling that many compare to the sensation of flying or fleeing from a ravenous polar bear. The rink also offers learn-to-skate sessions, and hosts in-rink hockey leagues that welcome both boys and girls. After the skates come off, visitors can stop in the on-site restaurant for some pizza, a sandwich, or ice cream. A slew of workout equipment, meanwhile, keeps skaters in shape, and a pro shop keeps their gear up to date.
The ice at The Rink on Old York Road is ready and waiting year-round, inviting skaters to speed along its glassy surface or leap into a double spin, no matter the season. For those who are just lacing up their skates for the first time, the rink offers lessons that cater to both children and adults. Group classes help them master the fundamentals in a fun, social setting, while private instruction can help them hone their technique and work through difficult maneuvers until they can navigate the ice with all the grace of a
ballerina on roller blades. When open skate is not in session, the rink is home to flying pucks during home games for the Old York Road Raisers, as well as during youth hockey league practices and tournaments.
At Bethlehem's Steel Ice Center, two NHL-sized ice surfaces host hordes of merry skaters, and the state-of-the-art sound system, party rooms, heated rink-side seats, and snack bar keep energy levels high. Suit up, lace up, and whirl around the ice with family and friends during one of Steel Ice Center's public skating sessions, which are currently scheduled throughout the week during both the afternoon and evening hours.
In existence for 40 years, Penn Ice Rink blankets 18,000 square feet with frozen water-diamonds primed for glide-mining. Open-ice sessions are held every day except Tuesday and Thursday, giving frosty foot-bladers numerous opportunities to join a hot date or a lukewarm family member for an afternoon or evening of triple axels and skating gingerly while gripping the wall. Peek at the schedule for public-skating times.
As the sun sets and the skyline's lights dance across the waters of the Delaware River, there's hardly a prettier place to be than the Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest?and that's before the twice-hourly musical light show starts. From the afternoon late into the night, families whirl around an ice rink built right beside the river as the trees come alive with twinkling color and a few friendly owls.
Even when the temperature drops, visitors might easily be tempted to stay for hours. The Lodge Restaurant and Bar and the Fireside Cafe are two popular spots to cozy up with snacks, hot chocolate, or hot cocktails. Or you can warm your hands yourself with s'mores supplies and fire pits in the Winter Garden.