Ice-Skating Summer Camps for NYC Kids: Ice Hockey and Figure Skating Programs
When considering athletic camps for summertime fun, the mind usually turns to swimming, baseball, tennis or other outdoor team sports. But what if your kids prefer their summer vacation served ice cold?
That's totally doable in NYC even when the temperatures are well above freezing. Five of our city's wonderful indoor ice-skating rinks offer figure skating or ice hockey summer camps for your budding Michelle Kwan or Wayne Gretzky.
Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers – Chelsea
Pier 61, 23rd Street and the Hudson River
Downtown athletic complex Chelsea Piers offers a number of programs at its indoor rink. All camps run June 17-August 30, busing is available from a variety of Manhattan and Brooklyn locations, and extended hours are available for an additional fee.
Ice Hockey Camp
Ages 5 to 16
This full-day program includes four hours of ice time a day, as well as cross training in Chelsea Piers’ gymnastic, rock-climbing, basketball and soccer facilities. There are also sessions designed especially for goalies as well as an accelerated camp for experienced boys and girls ages 10-16. Players must provide all their own equipment.
Ice Skating Camp
Ages 6 to 16
Skaters of all skill levels including absolute beginners can try this full-day program. Campers enjoy three hours of skating per day, cross training and perform bimonthly shows for family and friends. They also tackle test sessions that can help them move up in ranking in the Ice Skating Institute (ISI) or the United States Figure Skating Association (USFSA).
Junior Ice Skating Camp
Ages 4 to 5
New for summer 2013, this camp helps younger campers transition to full day programs. It runs two hours longer than the Preschool Camp.
Preschool Summer Camp
Ages 3 to 5
During this half-day program, preschoolers try a bunch of different activities, including ice-skating, dance, and arts and crafts. Since no coach ever has more than six students, individualized instruction is guaranteed. Campers must be toilet trained.
Hockey Camp at City Ice Pavilion – Long Island City
47-32 32nd Place between 47th and 48th Streets
*We were unable to confirm information for this 2013 program. Please check site.
Ages 5 to 14
The only other NYC rink offering a hockey camp, here kids can work on skills like puck handling, shooting, play making and skating, and also enjoy off-ice sports such as soccer, ultimate Frisbee, flag football and obstacle course laser tag. Every week has a different hockey theme, and full and half-day sign up is offered.
Figure Skating Camp at World Ice Arena – Flushing
13135 Avery Avenue near 131st Street
July 8-August 16
Ages 4 to 17
This Queens rink has full and half-day camp options. Kids participate in group lessons, study ballet and choreography, and take specialized jumping, spinning and power skating workshops. The program culminates in a public performance. All campers must be current members of the International Skating Institute as skaters will be organized into groups based on their ISI level, with no more than 12 students per class. If you register by March 15th, you'll get a 15% discount or by May 1st you'll get a 10% discount.
Staten Island Skating Pavilion – Staten Island
3080 Arthur Kill Road near Johnson Road
The borough's only year-round rink hosts a few programs for figure skaters.
Elite & Bridge Training Program
July 9-August 1
Ages 8 and up
Aimed at serious skaters, this camp requires participants to be working on their USFSA tests, which demand a higher level of skills than those of the ISI. This day camp includes four hours of freestyle skating, including jump, footwork and spin technique, and three hours of off-ice stretching, aerobic conditioning and video analysis.
Pavilion Prodigy Summer Camp
July 8-August 23
Ages 3 to 7
Beginners can learn to skate in full and half-day programs with an hour of ice time, an hour of dance and outdoor play.
Figure Skating Camp at Aviator Sports and Events Center – Mill Basin
Floyd Bennett Field, 3159 Flatbush Avenue
July 8-August 23, 8:30am-5pm
Ages 5 and up
The camp will operate 5 days a week, but 3 days a week is an option, Mon., Wed. & Thurs. The camp day includes: 3 on ice freestyle sessions, 2 off-ice sessions (ballet, conditioning, or gymnastics), arts & crafts, sports games, lunch, snack & swimming (Fridays only). This camp is only open to Figure Skaters that are working with a private coach and are familiar with freestyle skating sessions. Please call the Figure Skating Office for pricing and/or further information. 718-758-7514. Busing is available in Brooklyn. Register by March 15th for lowest rate.
As of 2013, the Bronx is the only borough without an ice-skating rink, but that may soon change. New York Rangers Mark Messier and 2002 Olympic gold medalist Sarah Hughes are part of the team trying to turn the borough's Kingsbridge Armory.
Find out about other fantastic summer programs in our Summer Camp Guide.