The pristine sheets of ice at Ice Palace’s outpost in Aliso Viejo serve as a well-kept tundra ideal for diversions such as hockey, figure-skating, and public skating sessions. Future NHL stars and misinformed basketball players can both sharpen their stick-handling skills in the facilities' Learn to Play Hockey programs, whereas Learn to Figure Skate sessions teach beginners everything from forward and backward moves to entry-level jumps and spins. Held throughout the week, open skating sessions allow the general public to let loose as couples slip on their skates, hold hands, and fearlessly tie each other's laces.
The Rinks offers both inline and ice skating for all ages and all skill levels. The Westminster and Yorba Linda centers boast NHL-size rinks, and Anaheim and Lakewood boast Olympic-size rinks. In addition, Anaheim's league-certified surface is used as the official training facility of the Anaheim Ducks. Skaters can take to the ice for classes on such blade-top pursuits as hockey, figure skating, public skating, curling, broomball, and more. For the ice-averse, The Rinks has three inline-skating centers in Corona, Huntington Beach, and Irvine which play host to youth and adult roller hockey leagues, skating clinics, public skates, and more. Open-skate sessions give aficionados the chance to take a few laps with friends and family, riding atop their own blades or donning a rental pair from the front desk. On Friday and Saturday nights, rinks morph into icy dance clubs, blasting hit music booming through the speakers and projecting music videos onto a jumbo screen. Birthday packages are also available at both locations.
Operated by a staff of skating enthusiasts, The 949 Roller Hockey Center supplies a safe and thrilling wheel-whirling experience for skaters of all ages. After lacing up a sleek pair of clean, rentable rollers, customers can meet a need for grounded speed by racing their friends, playing roller tag, or attempting to be the first skater to break the sound barrier. After open skate, drained wheel jockeys can replenish their stomach tanks at the snack bar or vie for video-game glory in the quarters arcade (not included with this Groupon).
Fountain Valley Skating celebrates roller-skating as both a family-friendly recreational activity and a sport. During fun-filled open sessions on the spacious rink, families spin around in rented skates to an upbeat soundtrack. Birthday boys and girls celebrate their special days with music, ice cream, and zooming around the rink with all of their friends. Little ones learn to safely move on their wheels during tiny-tot sessions, and adults mingle over coffee and skate to a delightfully old-timey soundtrack of organ music and auto-tuned Franklin Roosevelt speeches.
Fountain Valley Skating fosters creative expression and athletic prowess through its figure-skating classes. Led by title-holding champs, the classes cover how to jump, spin, and balance on roller skates. After burning up to 200 calories per hour on the rink, visitors can take a breather and relax with arcade games.
At The Rinks, visitors lace up their inline skates and zoom around a smooth hockey-style rink during public skating sessions. Would-be hockey players can also suit up in free gear and inline skates to learn the ins and outs of the game as part of the The Anaheim Ducks Learn to Play program, which allows kids and adults to experience the sport before joining a paid program.
Holiday Skate Center equips roller-skating enthusiasts of all ages with eight-wheeled action during themed skating sessions. Pairs of clean, rink-ready roller skates (a $3 value per pair) propel all ages of wheeled crusaders through Flashback Skate Night ($6 admission), a musical time warp featuring '70s, '80s, and '90s tunes, offered from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays. Age-specific skating sessions including Club Skate Night ($7.50 admission), offered on Friday nights for middle- and high-school-age students, and adult evening skate ($6.50 admission), a Wednesday-night event for ages 18 and older, are geared toward older ages and don’t necessarily include daytime activities such as the hokey pokey, the limbo, or naptime. Check out the website for a full schedule of roller-rink events. After ripping around the rink in an exact replication of Ben Franklin's first trip to Paris, hit up the snack bar for complimentary large sodas (a $2 value each) and bags of popcorn (a $1.25 value each) to refuel.