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Philly Ice Skating Rinks for Kids

Embrace winter at these fun rinks.

Whether you’ve got a budding figure skater or just need a way to burn off winter energy, ice skating is a fun way to make the best out of the cold weather. Here’s where to glide around the region.

Dilworth Park Rothman Rink

Open November 9, 2018 through February 24, 2019

Monday — Thursday, noon — 9 pm

Friday, noon — 11 pm

Saturday, 11 am — 11 pm

Sunday, 11 am — 8 pm

1 S. 15th St. (West side of City Hall)

 

Come for the winter ambiance, stay for the fun. You’ll be close to all that Center City has to offer, including the adjacent America’s Garden Capital Maze, and of course, really convenient public transportation. But you might not want to go anywhere — the heated Cabin has treats for the kids, and beer, cocktails, and boozy hot chocolate for adults. You can even wear your skates inside! Plus, you’ll be right at the two best holiday markets in the city: Made in Philadelphia at Dilworth Park, and Christmas Village across the street at Love Park.

 

Check their website for special events like skating lessons, theme nights, and more.

 

Admission to the Rothman Ice Rink is $3 for kids 10 and under, $5 for adults. Skate rentals available for $10. Group rates available. Visitors who show their SEPTA Pass or SEPTA Key will receive $1 off ice skating admission (Sunday through Thursday, excluding holidays; skate rental not included.) 

Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest

Open November 23, 2018 through March 3, 2019

Monday — Thursday, 1 — 11 pm

Friday, 1 pm — 1 am

Saturday, 11 am — 1 am

Sunday, 11 am — 11 pm

Penn’s Landing, 121 N. Columbus Blvd.

 

This fun rink comes to Penn’s Landing every year, and it never disappoints. Come to skate, come to party in the cabins, come for the fun and food. This rink is a Philadelphia favorite for a reason. This year, it will be celebrating its 25th anniversary, and has lots of fun events planned throughout the season– check back soon for our preview!

 

Admission to the Blue Cross RiverRink is $4 per person, with skate rentals for $10. Blue Cross cardholders and employees, as well as members of the military and first responders, get in free (not including skate rental). Group rates available.

Laura Sims Skate House

Open October through May

Open Ice Skating Hours:

Mondays and Wednesdays, 7 — 9 pm

Fridays, 7:45 — 9:45 pm

Weekends, 3 — 5 pm and 5:30 — 7:30 pm

63rd and Walnut streets

 

With open ice skating throughout the week that is absolutely free, this is a fun and fabulous family-friendly skating rink. There are skating lessons for beginners available Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings, and party packages available. (It’s a roller rink in the summer, too!)

 

Admission to Laura Sims Skate House is free, with skate rentals available for $3.

Wissahickon Skating Club

Fridays, 8:30 — 10:30 pm

Saturdays, 12:45 — 2:15 pm

550 W. Willow Grove Ave.

 

With public and member skating sessions available, this is a great option for families looking for a a less-crowded skating time. Birthday party sessions are also available if your child has a winter birthday. Lessons are available for your future Olympian, too.

 

Admission for Friday night sessions is $9 with a $3 skating rental. Saturday afternoon admission is $7 with a $3 skate rental.

Penn 1923 Ice Rink

Open year-round
Sunday, 1 — 2 pm
Monday, Wednesday, Friday:  12:30 — 2 pm
Saturday, 4:30 — 5:30 pm

3130 Walnut St.

 

If you’re in West Philly, this hidden gem is the place for you. It’s low-key and rarely crowded, so it’s ideal for beginners. The rink offers public skating, lessons, and parties. Penn Card holders get $1 off admission.

 

Admission is $6, and skate rental is $3. Group rates available.

Rizzo Rink 

Opens late November.

Wednesday, 3:30 — 5 pm
Friday, 3:30 — 5 pm and 6:30 — 8 pm
Saturday, 5:30 — 7:00 pm
Sunday, 3:30 — 5 pm and 5:30 — 7 pm
1001 Front St.

 

You’ve seen the sign from Interstate 95, now check it out: This old-school, city-run South Philly covered outdoor rink is a hockey haven, with teams that start at age 5. Even if you’re not interested in hockey, it’s worth a visit for the dirt-cheap pricing and the awesome local vibe.

 

Admission is free, and skate rental is $4.

Simons Recreation Center

Tuesday and Thursday, 3:30 — 5:30 pm
Wednesday and Friday, 7 — 9:30 pm

Saturday, 1–5 pm
Sunday, 1:30 — 6 pm
7200 Woolston Ave.

 

This recently renovated city-run rink also hosts the free Ed Snider Hockey Program. It’s a hidden gem in Northwest Philly, and popular with local kids.

 

Admission is free, and skate rental is $2. 

 

 

Laura Swartz contributed to this report. Photograph by Matt Stanley, courtesy of Center City District. 

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