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.
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 Igloo Ice Rink at Mount Laurel furnishes hockey players and figure skaters with ample space to practice puck handling, triple-toe loops, and all-around skating technique. Figure skaters as young as 3 can learn the basics in group and private lessons led by USFSA-registered coaches, who guide beginners along their journey through intermediate and advanced levels. Hockey leagues for both juniors and adults are also available, and designated open skate times invite the public in for taking laps around the rink or practice carving marriage proposals into frozen ponds.
Aspen Ice at Flemington's full-size NHL rink invites adventurous ground slicers to float across its slick, cool surface. Groups set out across the ice after securing their feet in pairs of rental skates, primed for pirouettes, friendly races, and partial human pyramids. Skaters can break to enjoy hot dogs, drinks, and the thrills of an arcade before returning to the frozen water open to the public seven days a week, including Friday nights, when the rink's DJ spins popular tunes.
The three fun centers give energetic cubs a place to stretch their legs and giggle their lungs out by housing a variety of amusing, aerobic activities. Roller skaters twirl and glide during International Sports Centre's and Deptford Skating's public skating hours, turning ordinary weekend afternoons into carefree roller romps. Feet ditch roller skates for socks inside FunZone, a multilevel maze of nets, slides, and monkey bars that spurs boisterous rounds of lava tag. Adventure Alley also occupies lively limbs, this time with bouncy inflatable playgrounds, such as Roo's giant slide, a popular alternative to doing algebra on a trampoline. Only children ages 10 and under are allowed in FunZone and Adventure Alley.
For many local residents, rolling around the rink at Cherry Hill Skating and Fun Center is a bit of a tradition. The center has been open well over 35 years?so for many visitors, strapping on a pair of skates brings a wave of nostalgia. It also doesn't hurt that they have adult skate nights, when DJs spin tunes from the '70s, '80s, and '90s. Of course, the center also caters to children; in addition to open-skate sessions, Cherry Hill Skating and Fun Center hosts youth hockey and birthday parties. An onsite shop also sells skates, wheels, and accessories, so people can roll over all the flat surfaces they find out in the wild.