Growing up in New England, summers were spent along the shore, autumn afternoons were filled with visits to the pumpkin patch and winters were spent outside.I have no shortage of postcard-perfect memories of ice skating on the pond about a mile and a half down the road from my house. As soon as we would get a few days of below-freezing temps, I knew it was time. The pond was frozen. I can remember spending hours circling around the ice in what felt like my own personal winter wonderland. While there are so many wonderful places to ice skate outside, there are just as many indoor rinks in Fairfield County.
And better yet, there's plenty of learn-to-skate programs offering everything from figure skating to ice dancing and even ice theater. So lace up those old skates (or enjoy some hot cocoa while watching your four year old's practice) and head out to the rink. For even more winter fun check out our CT Winter Fun Guide and our CT winter bucket list.
Westport PAL Rink--Westport
Registration has already begun for Westport PAL Rink's instructional skating lessons through Westport Parks and Recreation. Lessons are available for children ages 3 to 15 and adults at various times throughout the week. All skating lessons follow the United Figure Skating Learn to Skate Program. More than a dozen instructors offer private one-on-one lessons by appointment only.
260 Compo Rd South Westport, CT 06880 203-226-7485
Dorothy Hamill Rink--Greenwich
Learn to skate classes at Dorothy Hamill also follow the United Figure Skating Learn to Skate program for children ages 3-15. Two levels of Snowplow Sam are offered for children ages 4-5, one for kids who have never been on the ice and another for those who have good forward movement on the ice. Mommy, Daddy and Me classes are offered for beginners for three and four year olds.
14 Sherman Avenue, Greenwich, CT 06830 203-531-8560
Wonderland of Ice—Bridgeport
Known for housing practice for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, this rink takes hockey seriously, offering a micro hockey program for boys and girls age 4 and up. They also offer Learn to Skate programs for kids beginning at age 3 in their tot program as well as a Theater on Ice program for skaters at all levels of ability. Class sizes are kept small (an eight skater max) and are offered continuously throughout the year.
123 Glenwood Avenue Bridgeport, CT 06610 203-576-8110
Danbury Ice Arena—Danbury
Following the Ice Skating Institute's curriculum, the Danbury Ice Arena offers lessons for children ages 3 1/2 to 6 for learning everything from fundamentals at the tot level, to backward swizzles and two foot jumps. There are also beginning hockey classes for children beginning at 3 1/2 as well as an Introduction to Ice Dancing class.
One Independence Way Danbury, CT 06810 203-794-1704
Darien Ice Rink—Darien
This Darien rink follows U.S. Figure Skating's Basic Skills Program beginning with Snowplow Sam, for kids ages 3-5, Basic Skills for kids age 6-15 and Free Skate for advanced skaters. Lessons are offered in six-week sessions.
55 Old Kings Highway North Darien, CT 06820 203-655-8251
Sono Ice House—Norwalk
Sono Ice House are also members of the U.S. Figure Skating Association, and as such, use the Snowplow Sam program for preschool-age skaters and the Basic Skills program for older skaters. "Initiation to Hockey" classes begin at age 4.
300 Wilson Avenue Norwalk, CT 06854 203-956-0255
Winter Garden Ice Arena—Ridgefield
At this rink, the skating program begins with Ice Mice classes designed for preschool-aged children. For children age 5 and up, Winter Garden follows the U.S. Figure Skating Association curriculum through its learn-to-skate classes. Advanced fiigure skating classes offer skaters the opportunity to work toward earning merit badges as they progress through each level of badges.
111 Prospect Ridge Ridgefield, CT 06877 203-438-4423
Sports Center of CT—Shelton
Whether you're a seasoned skater or it's your first time on the ice, the Sports Center of CT has a program for everyone. Children ages 3-6 can enroll in the Tots class. Older kids (or more advanced skaters), enroll in one of several progressive Learn to Skate classes. There are also Intro to Synchro classes, Speed Skating classes, and Intro to Theatre classes. T
784 River Rd. (Rt. 110)
Shelton, CT 06484
Chelsea Piers CT—Stamford
Kids as young as 3 learn fundamentals in the "Snowplow Sam" classes which stress balance, falling, standing, stopping, marching and FUN (there is also a "Mommy/Daddy" and me class option for kids ages 3-5).
One Blachley Road 203-989-1000
Stamford Twin Rinks—Stamford
This rink also follows the U.S. Figure skating curriculum, which includes Snowplow Sam classes for kids ages 3-5 (including a parent/child option) and Basic Skills classes for older kids. They also offer a synchronized skating program and a skating/ballet combination deal perfect for kids who want to try a bit of everything on and off the ice.
1063 Hope Street Stamford, CT 06907 203-968-9000
Terry Conners Rink—Stamford
This ice rink down in the Cove offers skating classes for kids beginning with the Snowplow Sam classes and age 3 and up into adulthood. They also offer hockey and an introduction to synchronized skating.
1125 Cove Road Stamford, CT 06902 203-977-4514
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