Santa Monica ICE: Outdoor Ice-skating in the City

by on October 16th, 2010
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Although it’s usually sunny and warm when Santa visits, Santa Monica gets into the holiday spirit by hosting an outdoor ice skating rink. Now in its fifth year, ICE at Santa Monica offers an eight thousand square foot slice of wintery fun. We couldn’t wait to take our toddlers out onto the ice.

Except they didn’t want to go. They balked at the double runner skates we tried to attach to their tennis shoes. Using the benches and railings as a makeshift jungle gym seemed way more fun.

Klara Molack had better luck with her son Lucas. He and his mom tried out the tot spot, a 20 by 20 foot rink where kids up to age 6 are welcome to learn to skate. We were thrilled to see an area set aside just for tots. Now we don’t have to worry about the big kids running over us when we crash.

During the day, the rink is nice and open, but Assistant Rink Manager Pierre Upshaw tells us that things start to really pick up after school when you see kids dragging their parents out onto the ice. Upshaw recommends stopping by in the evenings. “The conditions are better, and it’s nice and festive with all the holiday lights,” he said. Of course, weekends are packed.

The Gay Café, a nonprofit coffee truck, offers hot dogs, pre-packaged baked goods and specialty coffees. I sampled the coffee, which was delicious. Naturally, their biggest seller is hot cocoa. Proprietor Charlie Rice boasts that they sell over 1,000 pounds of chocolate a year.

December birthdays and other party locale seekers can celebrate in one of the rink’s tents for a fee. The tents are a good place to hide out from the wind-or the sun. Several port-a-potties are available for your convenience.

Ice at Santa Monica is located at 1324 Fifth Street (at Arizona Avenue). It’s open Monday through Thursday from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday from 2 to 12, Saturday from 10 to 12 and Sunday from 10-10 with extended hours during the holiday break. The rink turns back into a pumpkin, or a parking lot, Jan. 16. Admission is $12 including skate rental. They have skates for children size ten and up and double runners for smaller feet.

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