Indoor & Outdoor Ice Skating Rinks in Southeast Michigan
Take the kids for a glide across the ice at one of these family friendly places in Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties.
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Address: 42400 Nick Lidstrom Drive, Novi
2012-2013 hours: noon-1:50 p.m. (noon skate) Monday-Friday, 3-4:50 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, 8-9:50 p.m. Saturday (Live DJ Skate Jams)
Cost: $2 noon skate, $7 Live DJ Skate Jams, $3 skate rental
Looking for a cool place to host your child's next party? Novi Ice Arena holds birthday parties for kids – along with regular learn to skate classes, drop-in hockey and other programs. Skate with Santa is planned; check the website for more details.
Address: 52999 Dequindre Road, Rochester Hills
2012-2013 hours: 12-1:50 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 12-1:50 p.m., 8:15-10:05 p.m. Friday, 2:15-4:05 p.m., 8:15-10:05 p.m. Saturday, 2:15-4:05 p.m. Sunday
Cost: $3 everyone daily Monday-Friday, $5 kids under 12 (evenings and weekends), $6 ages 13+ (evenings and weekends), $2 skate rental ($1 more for evenings and weekends)
This indoor ice arena is home to Rochester and Stoney Creek teams and hosts Oakland University Men's Hockey. Want to try a triple axel? They also have a synchronized skating program, as well as learn-to-skate classes. Check out the special events – like the hockey clinic during Thanksgiving week and Skate with Santa. Check the website for updates and details.
Address: 800 Woodward Ave., Detroit
2012-2013 hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-midnight Friday, 10 a.m.-midnight Saturday, noon-8 p.m. Sunday
Cost: $7 adults, $6 kids under age 12, $3 skate rental
Located in the heart of Detroit, this rink keeps city hours – you can skate until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. Dress warmly to keep the chill away. The season of skating officially kicked off following the Detroit Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at Campus Martius Park on Nov.16.
Address: 20000 Stephens St., St. Clair Shores
2012-2013 hours: 3-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday; see website for other programs and times
Cost: $3 per skater, kids ages 5 and under get in free with a paying adult
This local ice arena is the perfect place to learn to skate. You can even start your youngsters out early at the tot program – 11 a.m.-noon on Thursdays ($3 per skater). Pucks and parents helps develop your child's skills – check it out 2-3 p.m. Thursday and 9:30-10:30 a.m. Friday. And for those who already know how to skate and want to play hockey, check out the evening adult leagues.
Address: Stony Creek Lake boat launch area, 4300 Main Park Road, Shelby Township
2012-2013 hours: 8 a.m.-8 p.m. daily, depending on weather conditions
Cost: Entrance into the park is $5 per vehicle or $25 for an annual pass
Make figure eights among the trees at this outdoor rink that also caters to hockey enthusiasts. While there are no skate rentals, you will find a warming room for frosty toes, vending machines and restrooms.
Address: 54755 Broughton Road, Macomb Township
2012-2013 hours: noon-1:50 p.m. Monday-Friday, 8:15-10:05 p.m. Friday, 2:45-4:35 p.m., 8:15-10:05 p.m. Saturday, 2:45-4:35 p.m. Sunday; see website for monthly open skate schedule
Cost: $5 adults (ages 13+), $5 kids, $3 noon skate all ages, $3 skate rental, $2 noon skate rental
With three locations (it's also got facilities in Farmington Hills and East Lansing), you can always find a Suburban Ice rink near you. Stop in for afternoon and evening skate sessions, or sign up for the popular Thanksgiving hockey clinics and learn-to-skate programs for kids 3 and up.
Address: 2150 Jackson Ave., Ann Arbor
2012-2013 hours: Open skate: 1:20-2:45 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, 1-2:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday
Cost: $5 adults (residents), $4 youth (ages 14 and under, residents), $3 skate rental (non-residents pay $1 more)
Ice is nice! For themed events throughout the year, this indoor rink is sure to have something to appeal to your family. Along with the times listed, there are additional open skate slots available for holidays and other times (browse the website). They have lockers for your gear and a pro shop to keep your blades sharp. Oh, and don't worry about packing treats: There's a full snack bar available for when your kids get hungry.
Address: 1000 S. State St., Ann Arbor
2012-2013 hours: Public skate: 8-9:50 p.m. Thursday, 2-3:50 p.m. Saturday-Sunday (Note: Check the web for updated times, closed during home University of Michigan football games)
Cost: $6 adults, $3 youth, $3 noon skate, $3 skate rental, $2 noon skate rental
Located on the University of Michigan Athletic Campus, this newly renovated ice arena includes lessons for wannabe figure skaters and those just looking to grasp the basics. Along with hockey camps and hockey leagues, you can also try out broomball.