The winter blues settle in when people get sick of staying indoors, watching the same reruns, and knitting tiny mittens for their house centipedes. Get back to nature and out of that teeming lair of insects with today’s Groupon to The Ice Factory of Central Florida in Kissimmee. Choose from the following options:
- For $12, you get an ice-skating outing for two (up to a $30 total value).
- For $22, you get an ice-skating outing for four (up to a $60 total value).
Ice-skating outings include the following per person:
- Admission (up to a $7 value)
- Skate rental (up to a $5 value)
- Medium soda (a $2 value)
Small popcorn (a $1 value)<p>
- For $89, you get eight Learn to Skate lessons (a $229 value). Each lesson includes:
- Eight weeks of classes (a $125 value)
- One public skate punch card (an $80 value)
- Skate rental (a $24 value)
Lessons are held once a week for eight weeks on the following days:
- Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.
- Saturday at 12 p.m.<p>
Squeals of delight spiral out from twirling skaters on The Ice Factory of Central Florida’s duo of NHL- and studio-size rinks during public-skate hours. Patrons choose to lace up hockey or figure skates before hitting the slick surfaces to learn the ropes or gracefully carve the name of a favorite zamboni driver into the ice. Weekend DJ skates enliven outings with interactive games and prizes on Saturday afternoon and musical stylings Saturday night. Tired twirlers take a break and sip an effervescent beverage from the selection of Pepsi products while munching on buttery puffed kernels or tossing them to befuddled arctic explorers. Though not included in this Groupon, skaters can play arcade games or clack colorful spheres at the pool table after collecting their victory bouquets in the rink’s designated kiss-and-cry area. Today’s deal is not valid for admission on Friday evenings from 7 p.m.–11 p.m.
Alternatively, an eight-week Learn to Skate program helps students of all ages develop the techniques needed for figure, hockey, speed, or recreational skating over the course of eight one-hour sessions. Under the tutelage of a sage salchower, pupils complete 30 minutes of instruction on essential skills such as stopping, gliding backwards, and the reenactment of pivotal scenes from the Mighty Ducks trilogy. Students can then test-drive newly minted talents during 30 minutes of practice time. While the rink’s staff recommends that lesson-goers bring along their own skates, the program entitles students to a free skate rental for each class. As a means of further bolstering newfound skills, all participants receive a public-skating punch card that grants them the chance to show off skills among other skaters without having to crash Brian Boitano’s birthday party.
The Ice Factory of Central Florida’s rates fluctuate throughout the week.
The Ice Factory of Central Florida
A snowball’s throw away from the Disney World and Universal Studio theme parks, The Ice Factory of Central Florida extends the season of winter sports to a year-round festival of open-skate sessions and pickup, adult or youth-league hockey matches. During public-skate hours, patrons lace up hockey or figure skates before hitting the NHL- and studio-size rinks to learn the ropes or gracefully carve the name of their favorite zamboni driver into the ice. After a fun-filled workout on the rink, kids can pass the time at the pool table or ring in birthdays with sodas, pizzas, and bouquets of balloons.
Novice skaters of all ages can master the skills and techniques of icemanship with beginners’ lessons or mock nature’s clearly defined seasons with ice-skating summer camps.