Canlan Ice Sports maintains three separate ice rinks for public play, sports programs, and special events. Public skate programs encourage local residents to take to the ice and practice hockey fundamentals during stick-and-puck sessions or get some exercise during unstructured adult rat hockey. Its youth-hockey program teaches beginners to skate and shoot. Figure-skating training camps for aspiring athletes and basic sessions for children teach skaters how to be more graceful so they can make grocery shopping more interesting for their neighbors by spinning and leaping down the aisles. Canlan Ice Sports also hosts local hockey teams including the Huskies Hockey Club, the Chicago Junior Bulldogs, and the Rampage Women’s Hockey Club.
The Joliet Park District sprawls across more than 1,000 acres, engaging visitors with everything from sports to nature. Guests can wander through the foliaged paths of the Pilcher Park Nature Center and the organic community garden, or treat their senses to the floral colors and aromas that fill the bird-haven greenhouse. The 10,000-seat Joliet Memorial Stadium hosts high-school and college sporting events, while a dozen athletic fields fill with recreational players hitting baseballs, catching softballs, and spiking soccer balls when the referee isn't looking. During the summer, inner tubes transport patrons down Joliet Splash Station's high-speed water slides and 865-foot lazy river, and the glittery strands of Fourth of July fireworks color the skies above the stadium.
Aurora Roller Skate Center's gleaming wooden rink beckons wheel-hitched feet to orbit its oblong track beneath glowing white globe lamps. Gather four friends or nine members of the Walton family and lace up classic four-wheel skates before gliding through daily open-skate sessions (upgrade to inline skates for additional fee). A slew of special events and theme nights fill the skate center with movie and costume parties, and DJ Suave Smooth electrifies Friday and Saturday evenings with Top 40 hits and Schubert dirges that bellow through the rink's stentorian speakers as colorful lights flicker across the floor. On the sidelines, retro booths coddle weary gams, and skaters nosh on pizza and slushes from the snack bar or fawn over new trinkets from the novelty shop.
At Krush Skatepark, skateboarders of all ages fly over steeply sloped ramps and glide over rails in a large, hangar-style building designed by lifelong skateboarders. Visitors on inline skates, bikes, and scooters can also challenge the course, and guests can take group and individual lessons from experienced skaters on weekends. Kick-flipping visitors report to the onsite pro shop that teems with street apparel and safety gear, such as kneepads and altitude meters for early-model hoverboards.
Shining wood floors dance beneath the swirling colors of ceiling-mounted lights, bathing skaters in multihued phosphorescence. During open-skate sessions, DJs pipe in music to accompany spectator-wowing tricks. Between skates, guests can recharge by chowing down on hot dogs and nachos from the snack counters. The rink welcomes groups of all sizes, from individual skaters to birthday parties.
By hosting programs ranging from kids-only sessions to fitness classes, Lombard Roller Rink brings fresh variations to the timeless pastime of roller skating. In fact, the rink's schedule is full of fun excuses––including holiday-themed sessions––to lace up a pair of skates or roller blades and take a few spins around the rink. The staff also provides plenty of entertainment for visitors who choose to keep their shoes on, such as family pizza night on Wednesdays and Zumba classes on Monday evenings.