If woolly mammoths had mastered the triple Lutz, they would've made it out of the Ice Age and into the Bronze Age, if not the Silver or Gold Age. Ensure your long-term survival with today's Groupon: for $10, you get admission and skate rental for two at Newington Arena (up to a $20 value).
People of all ages strap steel to their feet and glissade across the frosty, indoor surface of Newington Arena. The rental shop outfits duos with two sets of skates, sparing people the trouble of crafting their own out of a flattened soda can. Glide, pirouette, and zigzag between fellow skaters on a freshly Zambonied sheet of ice, shielded from outdoor elements within the brightly lit building. After bouts of wintry cardio, customers warm themselves in the snack bar and seating area or by pouring hot cocoa into their long johns.
Newington Arena’s Zamboni smoothes the ice for a range of blade-based activities, from lessons and hockey matches to freestyle open-skate sessions. Experienced coaches teach new and experienced skaters alike to glide, spin, and casually levitate during learn-to-skate programs and figure-skating academies, and amateurs can independently master their triple axels during public-skate times. Hockey and speed-skating programs warm up the ice, and each Friday night, Ice Jam’s strobe lights and music flood the arena as students 11–15 years old weave around the frozen floor. Newington Arena also houses a snack bar and hosts birthday parties, allowing kids to brag that their shindig was, literally, the coolest.