Two weeks ago, my kids were home from school because it was too cold. Today, they are begging me to go to the park. After living my life in the Chicagoland area, I’m used to this insanity. But I’m not going to lie, it can make it hard to plan to anything fun in advance.
If I do want to plan anything, it is going to have to be inside, but I also know that the kids need to work off some energy and get some exercise. This time of year, I am often looking for a good combination of the two, and that is when I think of ice skating.
In theory, outdoor ice skating seems like fun, but with unpredictable weather, I say forget it. So, I’m rounding up the South Side’s indoor ice rinks for when we want to head out (or in) for some family fun and exercise.
Homewood-Flossmoor Ice Arena in Flossmoor is where I spent my time going to open skates as a kid, so bringing my own kids there is like a blast from the past. The website has a complete listing of open skate times, skate rental costs and admission fees.
Southwest Ice Arena in Crestwood has a punch card program for public skating to save customers $10 if you plan on visiting often. This rink has public skating times and is in a location that is convenient for those who may be trekking from a little bit farther north.
Arctic Ice Arena in Orland Park is a huge skating complex with four different rinks. I love going to Arctic because the ice times are convenient and there is a place to sit down and grab a snack after my kids have gotten in a good workout. You can also check out a hockey game.
The Oak Lawn Ice Arena is not only home to public skates and lessons, but also to the South Suburban Adult League. How awesome would it be for your little ones to check out the big guys on the ice? Head to their website for skate and game times.