Ice Rink Bumper Cars Come to Brooklyn
Winter 2019 is shaping up to be an epic season to be a kid in NYC: Aside from all the usual seasonal must-dos around town, there's the world's biggest Lego exhibit in Queens, a toy-testing lab in Flatiron, a brand-new indoor water park and theme park twenty minutes across the Hudson, a holiday lantern show in every borough, and museums dedicated to slime and ice cream. Oh, and there are bumper cars on ice in Brooklyn. Yep: Bumper cars on ice. Is this a great town or what?
You might recognize the colorful ice rink bumper cars from their sold-out run in Bryant Park last winter. This season, they're taking over the indoor rink at Aviator Sports Center at Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn. Read on for the details on this season's slippery slide-y fun.
Ride these indoor bumper cars in any kind of weather!
If you missed your chance to take the ice rink bumper cars for a spin when they debuted at Bryant Park, here's your second chance to bump, glide, and slide—this time, inside. The bumper cars operate on one half of an indoor ice rink, so neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from swift bumping on their appointed rounds.
Riders must be at least 7 years old and wearing flat-soled shoes. 15-minute sessions are available on a first-come-first-serve basis for $13 per ride, and can be reserved at the main customer service desk at Aviator Sports. Ice rink bumper car sessions are offered on Friday nights from 7:30–10:30pm, on Saturdays from 2–5pm and from 7:30–10:30pm, and on Sunday afternoons from 1–5pm.
Queens and Brooklyn parents—especially parents of older kids—know Aviator Sports as a one-stop shop for active kid fun: There's an arcade, a climbing wall, a massive gymnasium, and two regulation sized indoor ice skating rinks at the facility, located in a refurbished former airplane hangar operated in partnership with the National Park Service. There's also food (and a bar) on-site, so you can definitely make a day of it with skating, jumping, and climbing after your ice bumping.
Now for the downside: While there's a giant parking lot for those who can drive here, Aviator Sports isn't exactly the easiest place to get to by public transportation. It's right on the Q35 bus line, though, which you can catch from Brooklyn College or Kings Plaza. (If you've ever taken the subway to the bus to get to Jacob Riis Beach, Aviator is located along the same route.)
Aviator Sports and Event Center is located in Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn at 3159 Flatbush Avenue.
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