Open Skate

Lakes Ice Arena offers open skate each weekend

Some glide across the ice as graceful as can be, others slowly but surely pick their way around the rink simply hoping not to slip.

They’re all enjoying open skate time at the Lakes Ice Arena in Spirit Lake.

The rink opens its doors to the public from 7-9 p.m. most Fridays and Saturdays, as well as 1:30-3 p.m. most Sunday afternoons for open skate time.

Admission is $6 per person and skates are available to rent for $3 per person.

If you have a pretty common shoes size you might want to get there early.

“We did receive a couple donations that allowed us to buy some new skates so now we have more available, but we do still sometimes run out of the more popular sizes,” said Darrel Ussery, executive director of the Lakes Area Hockey Association. “We just keep growing, so that’s great.”

Open skate is something the entire family can enjoy, no matter the age or skill level.

And while it may still be chilly inside, it’s a great way to be active and not have to deal with the rest of the winter weather elements outdoors.

Ussery sees another plus to the activity for families as well.

“A lot of times when you’re doing activities as a family you’re always teaching your children or showing them how to do something. Sometimes it’s nice to have an activity where you’re both learning, or maybe your kid’s better at it than you are! So that’s something different and special about ice skating and one of the things that makes it fun,” Ussery said.

Games like limbo are often played during open stake and special events like costume nights around Halloween are a big draw.

Concessions are available in the lobby and a heated viewing area upstairs is a nice place to watch the action and warm up a bit.

Then head back out on the ice.

You may not be pulling off triple axels like your favorite Winter Olympian, but you can sure have fun some with family and friends.