Strapping sticks of butter to combat boots is the illogical summertime equivalent of winter's iciest pastime. With today's Groupon, ice skate your way through a crystaline wonderland, dispensing figure eights and triple salchows along the way. For $10, you get two day passes and two skate rentals at the Kendall Square Community Ice Skating Rink, a $26 total value for adults (students, children, and seniors get discounted rates). You can purchase four Groupons, so round up an even number of Yamaguchis and head to the rink in Cambridge. Each Groupon is good until March 15, 2010, or whenever the rink becomes swimmable.
Ice skating is a great way to stay active and healthy without using fancy exercise contraptions (bags of rocks, bags of corn chowder, etc.). Put those neglected leg muscles to use and burn calories while having a blast mimicking your favorite skating champs, such as Susan Dementenova, Aaron Dementenova, or Ronald Dementenova. Take the entire family out for a day at the rink. Introduce the youngins to the world of icy entertainment by equipping them with marshmallow- and potato-lined coats to soften stumbles. Teach aspiring Mighty Ducks tactical maneuvers such as the flying V and the knuckle puck. Nothing brings a family together like a day of smooth sailing on a freshly Zambonied sheet of frozen Ecto Cooler.
Yelping Yelpers give Kendall Square Community Ice Skating Rink a near-perfect 4.5 stars:
- …the staff is helpful and friendly and the rink is the perfect size for skating around with your friends or sweetie this winter. – Katamari D.
- Everyone was definitely friendly and accommodating…people of ALL abilities made their way around the unique shape of the rink…I vote that the Kendall Square Community Rink is a must for anyone. – Nicole E.
Kendall Square Ice Skating Rink
The Zamboni finishes its final methodical sweep across the Community Ice Skating at Kendall, leaving behind only a smooth, glassy surface. The illuminated floors of the surrounding office buildings and the twinkling holiday lights of the nearby trees reflect vividly off the ice for a precious moment before the calm is broken by scores of skaters spilling out into the rink—sliding, dashing, and casually gliding through the cold evening air.
This is the scene at the Community Ice Skating each day from mid-December through mid-March, provided the weather cooperates. Skaters can rent hockey and figure skates or bring their own blades for spins around the rink. They can pause between laps to warm themselves with a hot chocolate from the snack bar.