The ice is nice at area rinks

Facilities offer lessons, public sessions for skaters of all ages and skill levels

December 11, 2008|By Lindsey Citron | Lindsey Citron,

You might want to rethink stepping onto that questionably thin ice atop the neighborhood pond.

The smartest of frolickers know that wintertime fun doesn't have to end when they venture inside. Indoor ice-skating rinks might just be a perfect way to get into the spirit of the season.

In light of Northwest Ice Rink's recent closure, loyal skaters will find solace in knowing there are still several open rinks scattered throughout the Baltimore area.

Beginners can rent skates and sign up for group lessons. Everyone can join in one of the numerous public skating sessions. Rinks also offer private sessions for those who are a bit more comfortable gliding on a narrow blade.

Here are some facilities to try:

Baltimore City

Mount Pleasant Ice Arena:

6101 Hillen Road, Baltimore


Public skate:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 10 a.m.-noon

Friday: 8:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m.

Saturday: 3 p.m.-5 p.m., 8:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m.

Sunday: 3 p.m.-5 p.m.

Admission: $4

Skate rental: $2

Frequent skater prices available October-April

Learn to skate specials:

Monday: 5 p.m.-6 p.m.

Saturday: 1 p.m.-2 p.m.

Dominic "Mimi" DiPietro Family Skating Center:

200 S. Linwood Ave.


Public sessions:

Tuesday: noon-2 p.m.

Friday: 7 p.m. -9 p.m.

Saturday: 3 p.m.-5 p.m., 7 p.m.-9 p.m.

Sunday: 3 p.m.-5 p.m.

Admission: $4

Skate rental: $2

Baltimore County

Reisterstown Sportsplex:

401 Mitchell Drive, Reisterstown


Public skating:

Monday-Thursday: 10 a.m.-noon

Tuesday and Thursday: 1 p.m.-3 p.m.

Friday: 8 p.m.-10:30 p.m.

Saturday: 2 p.m.-4 p.m., 8 p.m.-10:30 p.m.

Sunday: 3 p.m.-5 p.m.

Admission: $6 daytime, $8 Friday and Saturday nights

Skate rental: $3.50

Learn to skate (eight-week sessions):

Mondays, beginning Jan. 5: 6 p.m.-7 p.m.

Wednesdays, beginning Jan. 7: 6 p.m.-7 p.m.

Saturdays, beginning Jan. 10: 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. (adults 12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m.)

Harford County

Ice World:

1300 Governor Court, Abingdon


Public skating:

Tuesday: noon-1:30 p.m., 8 p.m.-9:30 p.m.

Thursday: noon-1:30 p.m.

Friday: 7:30 p.m.-10 p.m.

Saturday: 1 p.m.-3 p.m., 3:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m., 8 p.m.-10 p.m.

Sunday: 1 p.m.-3 p.m., 3:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m., 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

Admission: $7 daytime, weekday and Sunday evenings; $8 Friday and Saturday evenings

Skate rental: $3.

Howard County

Columbia Ice Rink:

5876 Thunder Hill Road, Columbia


Public skating:

Monday-Thursday: noon-2 p.m.

Friday: 3:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m., 8 p.m.-10 p.m.

Saturday: 2 p.m.-4 p.m

Sunday: 1:15 p.m.-3:15 p.m., 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.

Admission: $5 weekdays, $6 weekend nights

Skate rental: $3

Learn to skate specials (six-week sessions):

Tuesday: 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 1:30 p.m.

Wednesday: 4:30 p.m., 5 p.m., 5:30 p.m.

Friday: 4:30 p.m., 5 p.m.

Saturday: 9:30 p.m., 10:15 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 11:40 a.m.

Sunday: 7:30 p.m., 8 p.m.

$92 Columbia-association members, $98 nonmembers

Anne Arundel County

Piney Orchard Ice Rink:

8781 Piney Orchard Parkway, Odenton


Public skate:

Sunday: 2 p.m.-4 p.m.

Monday-Thursday: 10 a.m.-noon

Tuesday: 4:30 p.m.-6 p.m.

Friday: 9:30 a.m.-11:20 a.m., 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., 8 p.m.-10 p.m.

Admission: $7 for adults, $6 for kids 12 and younger

Skate rental: $3.50

Dates and times subject to change.

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