There may be less and less ice at the North Pole for polar bears to skate on, but Manhattan's getting a new ice skating rink this winter. This year, for the first time in 140 years, The American Museum of Natural History will be opening its skating rink. Opening on Saturday, November 22nd, 2008, here's what the press release says:
The Museum's new Polar Rink, made from synthetic ice, is located on the Arthur Ross Terrace, with magnificent views of the glowing Rose Center for Earth and Space and the surrounding TheodoreRoosevelt Park. Skaters will glide around a 17-foot-tall polar bear made of openwork stainless steel festooned with pine boughs and twinkling lights. Engaging facts about polar bears and the Earth’s polar regions, as well as “green” tips and suggestions, will surround the rink, extending the Museum experience beyond its halls.
Cocoa and snacks will be served in an adjacent, glassed-in galleria. The rink will remain open until February 28, 2009 and will be open from 12-8 pm Sunday through Thursday and 11am-11pm on Fridays, Saturdays and Holidays. Tickets will be $10 for adults, $9 for students and seniors and $8 for children 3-12 years old for a 45 minute skating session. Skate rental will be included. Member tickets are $2 off.
To see opening dates of other NYC skating rinks, look at this post from earlier in the week.