Wednesday, December 16, 2015

"Ice" Skating Fun!




There seems to be a lot of curiosity surrounding the new holiday attractions in Allentown this season and with the tradition of Lights in the Parkway being absent there are big shoes to fill!

We checked out the synthetic Ice Skating Rink at Cedar Beach this past weekend twice (sans coats! woop!) and thought we'd share what you should know! 




For the Littles : The smallest skate rental is a size 9 (toddler) which for our tiny 3 year old was a tad big but we were certainly able to make it work without a problem.  The "skating" looks a little more like a graceful walk with a bit of a slide, but its certainly a great introduction to skating and our kids were asking to go back again the next day!

Ages: I would recommend a minimum of age 3 would be able to easily skate, there were children of all ages participating both times we were there. 

So WHAT is is made of exactly?!? Basically its a hard textured plastic! While from a distance is actually looks like ice, once you get up close, its clear that is in fact is not. This is image from allsportsgallery.com shows exactly how the rink is constructed, much like a giant puzzle with interlocking pieces. 



What to wear? I recommend dark colored pants or pants you don't care ever get used again.  Falling will likely happen and the knees in the kiddos pants will take a beating. Obviously outerwear to match the weather would also be needed - though we didn't need any when we went because it was nearly 70! 

Do I need to skate too!?! Nope! the awesome benefit of this synthetic surface is that its not really slippery.  Parents can easily walk along with steady feet while holding hands if needed. 

When? The rink open daily dawn til dusk and its free to skate. If you don't own skates, skate Rentals are $2 and available Thursdays and Fridays 5pm-9pm and Saturday and Sundays 12pm-9pm


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Heres a little video of how our 5 year old did.



njoy and Happy Holidays! 









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