Do you have an aspiring hockey player or figure skater on your hands? Help your child learn the fundamentals of ice skating or increase their skating game with some ice skating lessons. These Macomb County spots offer Learn to Skate programs for kids as young as 3 — all the way up to adults — and allow skaters to learn and advance at their own pace. Some ice rinks even offer parent-tot classes and adaptive skating programs.
If you’re ready to enroll your child in ice skating lessons in Macomb County, read on for information.
Big Boy Arena (formerly known as Fraser Hockeyland)
- Address: 34400 Utica Road, Fraser
- Phone: 586-294-2400
- Cost of lessons: $144
Equipment needed: Helmets (bike or hockey) are required. Skaters should wear winter jackets, gloves, snow pants and skates. Skate rentals are available.
Big Boy Arena’s Learn to Skate program boasts sessions that run 6-8 weeks. Skaters meet once per week and days vary depending on the class. Snowplow Sam for ages 1-4, Basic levels 1-6 for ages 6-18 and Adult levels 1-6 for those older than age 18 are offered here. Each weekly session includes 25 minutes of instruction followed by 25 minutes of practice.
- Address: 40620 Utica Road, Sterling Heights
- Phone: 586-446-2711
- Cost of lessons: $40/residents, $52/non-residents
Equipment needed: Free skate rental is included in each lesson for those who don’t have their own skates. Cold-weather gear is recommended, along with a helmet (bike or hockey).
These Learn to Skate sessions, which are taught by folks from the Big Boy Arena, run for 6 weeks and are open to kids ages 3-6, 7-15 and 16-plus. Times vary by class.
- Address: 200 N. Groesbeck Highway, Mount Clemens
- Phone: 586-307-8202
- Cost of lessons: $80-$120
Equipment needed: Those who don’t have their own skates can rent them for $2 per session. Helmets (hockey or bike) are required for kids ages 5 and under. Snow pants, winter gloves and snow jackets are recommended for skaters.
Classes are offered year-round at the Mount Clemens Ice Arena. Skaters are evaluated in the first and then moved to the class that best suits their skill level. Most classes are 25 minutes long, except for hockey and freestyle, which run 50 minutes. Online registration is required for the 7- to 8-week sessions.
- Address: Civic Arena, 20000 Stephens Road, St. Clair Shores
- Phone: 586-445-5350
- Cost of lessons: $56-$112
Equipment needed: Helmets, along with mittens or gloves are required for children under age 6. Skate rental is available for $20 for the entire session for those who don’t have ice skates. Winter gear is recommended.
This Learn to Skate Program is offered in 8-week sessions for tots all the way up to adults. An adaptive skating program is offered here, as well. To sign up for lessons, call St. Clair Shores Parks & Recreation at the phone number listed above. An annual basic skills membership fee, which is $17.25 on the Learn to Skate USA website, must be paid to participate in lessons.
- Address: 54755 Broughton Road, Macomb
- Phone: 586-992-8600
- Cost of lessons: $100-$150 depending on the class
Equipment needed: Helmets (bike or hockey) are recommended for all ages. Skate rentals available for $4 for those who don’t own skates. Snow pants, gloves and cold-weather gear are recommended.
The Suburban Skating School is one of the largest Learn to Skate programs in the United States with more than 4,000 participants. It boasts lessons for ages 3-adult — and even offers a parent-tot class. Each class, which takes place once a week, is 25 minutes long followed by a 25-minute practice. Winter session No. 1 is currently underway but there’s time to register for Winter 2 and Spring 1. Winter lessons take place Feb. 26-April 6, 2023, and spring takes place April 16-May 25, 2023.
For more information about living in Macomb County, visit the Make Macomb Your Home website.