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Three Places to Find Ice Skating Lessons for Kids in Columbus, Ohio
With fall sports ending, parents seek winter options to keep the kids active during colder months. Ice skating lessons for kids not only offer fun and great exercise, but opportunities for future activities such as ice hockey, speed skating or figure skating.
For parents seeking ice skating lessons in the central Ohio area, there are a few great options worth considering:
Ice Skating Lessons at the Ohio State University Ice Rink. An advantage of living in an area loaded with colleges and universities is that parents never have to travel far for extracurricular activities for the children. Many colleges and universities in the Columbus, Ohio, area offer special educational activities or recreational programs through various departments and school affiliations to area residents. Group ice skating lessons at the O.S.U. Ice Rink have been offered since the early 1960s—and the O.S.U. Ice Rink on Woody Hayes Drive is a member of the U.S. Figure Skating Basic Skills Program and the Ice Skating Institute. The site's instructors offer figure skating group lessons for toddlers through adults—as well as hockey instruction for those same age groups. Class schedules, pricing, practice times and skate rental policies are available online at the Ohio State University Ice Rink's website.
Ice Skating Lessons at The Chiller Ice Rinks. The Chiller Ice Rinks in Columbus, Ohio, are popular for recreational skating, birthday parties and events, and for figure skating and ice hockey lessons. Professional instructors offer both figure skating lessons and hockey classes indoors in the Dublin, North and Easton Chiller locations. Classes are available for ages 3 to adult. The facilities offer limited class sizes, as well as free skate rental for lessons and a complimentary weekly practice session during open rink or free skate times. Private lessons are also available from trained instructors for beginners needing additional help, as well as for those ready to take recreational ice skating to a more competitive level.
Ice Skating Lessons at the Lou and Gib Reese Ice Rink. For parents in the east Columbus suburbs, a short drive to Newark, Ohio, is comparable to a trip to the campus area or north Columbus. The Lou and Gib Reese Ice Rink in Newark offers a number of figure skating lesson options and ice hockey classes. The Newark facility offers several youth programs for those interested in ice skating or hockey. Along with traditional group or private lessons, The Lou and Gib Reese Ice Rink also offers special kindergarten programs, homeschool group programs and even activities for daycare organizations. The programs also encourage students to develop skills and offer opportunities for qualified and interested students to participate in ice shows, synchronized skating and competitions as well.
Classes and activities at each of these facilities are actually offered throughout the year—not only in the winter months. Class sessions at each facility often fill up quickly. Check the ice rink websites for updated details, schedules and pricing information.
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