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July 15, 2024

Let’s Skate!

Sharp silver blades slide across slick ice, whoosh, the skater picks up speed as they glide around the rink. Whether that skater is gracefully twirling and flying through the air doing lutzes and performing axels, or passing a puck to the next player and assisting in a goal, ice skating is a wonderful sport — winter and beyond. Plus, January is national ice skating month, and the 2018 Winter Olympics begin in February, so now is the perfect time to get your family into some skates and onto the ice. Luckily, there are plenty of local opportunities for children (and adults!) to try out ice-skating and hockey, both recreationally and competitively.


Open Skate & Ice Skating Birthday Parties

Keep it icy cool and check out one of these indoor or outdoor ice skating rinks for public skate and hockey sessions. Looking for a fun, unique way to celebrate a birthday? Many rinks offer ice-skating birthday party packages. Dates and times are subject to change; please call to confirm availability.


Goggins Ice Center at Miami University

Indoor Rink

610 S. Oak St., Oxford


Public Skate

Ice skaters 5 years and younger are required to wear a helmet (a bike helmet is fine).

Fridays 7:30 – 9 p.m., Saturdays 4 – 7 p.m., and Sundays 3 – 5 p.m.

Admission: $9, $7.75 high school and younger, $5.75 Miami University student with ID

Skate Rental: $3.25

Skate Aid Rental: $2

Birthday Party Package

For $150, parties include admission and skate rental for ten youth skaters and two adult skaters. Also included: two skate aides, ten licensed Goggin water bottles, and locker room rental. Make your party extra special by adding on an ice skating character appearance!


Northland Ice Center

10400 Reading Road, Evendale


Public Skate

Mon – Fri, 1 – 3 p.m.

Sat – Sun, 2 – 4 p.m.

Admission: $9 Adults (13+), $7 children

Skate Rental: Free

Skate Trainers: Free (with $25 refundable security deposit)

Public DJ Skates

Club Northland plays hit songs as ice skaters enjoy lights, lasers, and fog!

Fri – Sat, 8 – 10 p.m.

Admission: $10 Adults (13+), $8 children

Skate Rental: Free

Skate Trainers: Free (with $25 refundable security deposit)

Open Hockey

Weekdays, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Admission: $10 all ages

Birthday Party Packages

First Choice Package: $11 per person, eight person minimum includes two hours of skate time during a public skate session, plus use of one of the private party rooms before and after skating. Skate rental is included. Cake or pizza can be chosen in this package.

Deluxe package: $12.50 per person, eight person minimum includes the same benefits of the first choice package, but you get both pizza and cake with the deluxe package.


Northern Kentucky Ice Center

2638 Anderson Road, Crescent Springs


Public Skate

Fri 7:30 – 9:30 p.m., Sat – Sun 1 – 3 p.m.

Admission: $6 ($5 ages10 and younger)

Skate Rental: $2

Public Hockey

Weekday hours available, call for availability.

Fri 7:30 – 9:30 p.m., Sat – Sun 1 – 3 p.m.

Admission: $6

Skate Rental: $2

Birthday Party Packages

Silver Medal Package: $130 includes admission and skate rental for ten people, use of party room for two hours, and paper products (bring your own cake).

Gold Medal Package: $160 includes all benefits of the silver medal package, plus pizza and soda for ten people.


O’Keefe’s Ice Rink at Fountain Square

520 Vine Street


Open until February 15, 2018

Mon – Thu 12 – 5 p.m.; Fri – Sun 12 – 9 p.m.

Admission: $6

Skate Rental: $4


Sports Plus

10765 Reading Road


Open Skate

Jan. 1: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., 2 – 6 p.m., and 6 – 10 p.m.

Jan. 2: 12 – 3:30 p.m. and 6 – 10 p.m.

Jan. 3: 12 – 3 p.m., 3 – 6 p.m., and 6 – 10 p.m.

Jan. 6: 2 – 4 p.m. and 8 – 10 p.m.

Jan. 20: 2 – 4 p.m. and 7 – 9 p.m.

Jan. 27: 2 – 4 p.m. and 8:30 – 10:30 p.m.

Admission: $10 all ages ($9 online discount)

Skate Rental: Free

Open Hockey

Jan. 1: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., 1 – 4 p.m., 4 – 7 p.m., and 7 – 10 p.m.

Ages 16 and older

$10 per player, per session


Summit Park Ice Rink

4335 Glendale Milford Road, Blue Ash


Jan. 2 – 4: 12 – 9 p.m.

Jan. 5: 12 – 10 p.m.

Jan. 7 – Feb. 19: 5 – 9 p.m. Thu, 5 – 10 p.m. Fri, 12 – 10 p.m. Sat, 12 – 5 p.m. Sun (closed Jan. 5 and Feb. 15)

Admission: $5, free ages 3 and younger

Skate Rental: Free



Whether you are brand new to the ice, creating a choreographed ice routine, or working on your puck skills, practice makes perfect! Most local indoor ice skating rinks offer both group and individual lessons — be sure to inquire about lessons at any of the indoor rinks featured in this article. There is also a Learn to Play Hockey group with a ten-week session starting in January; and three local Learn to Skate programs with six-week sessions starting in January, and again in February. Finally, there is an opportunity to experience one free hour of skate lessons, courtesy of Cincinnati Skating School and 3CDC. Whichever route you choose, bundle up for the ice, and your lessons will be nice!


Learn to Play Hockey at Sports Plus


Cincinnati Swords will have boys and girls ages 4-16 participating in 80 minutes of ice time on Sunday afternoons, with the goal of having them ready to participate in a game after two to four weeks of practice.


Learn to Skate at Northland Ice Center


Lessons that focus on everything from basics, flying and combos, ice dancing, hockey, and moreWhether you are a true beginner, or honing in on a certain skill, there is a class for you. Private lessons are also available for all ages and abilities.


Learn to Skate at Goggins Ice Center


Skaters will enjoy 45-minute classes, focusing on various basic ice-skating, or hockey skills. At the end of the session, skaters receive a certificate of completion! Cost for six-week session: $87, including skate rental, plus two free public skate passes for additional practice.


Learn to Skate at NKY Ice Center


Register your whole family for classes — there are classes for tiny tots all the way up to adults. Sessions consist of six weeks of hour-long classes. Each one-hour class is broken into a 30-minute lesson, followed by 30 minutes of practice. Private lessons are also available for all ages and abilities.


Free Skating Lessons

at O’Keefe’s Rink at Fountain Square

To celebrate national skating month, Cincinnati Skating School and 3CDC are offering beginners a free hour-long skating lesson at the Fountain Square ice rink!

Register online at to participate in this US Figure Skating (USFS) Learn to Skate program. Admission is $6, skate rental is $4, and an ice skating lesson from a trained pro? Well, that is priceless! 

11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Jan. 7, 14, 21 and 28


Figure Skating Organizations & Hockey Teams

Looking to explore figure skating competitively, or are you interested in joining a hockey team? Here is a list of local Figure Skating and hockey organizations for you to check out:


Cincinnati Skating School
Northland Figure Skating Academy


Northern Kentucky Skating Club (NKSC)


Northern Kentucky Youth Hockey Association (NKYHA)


Queen City Figure Skating Club
Swords Hockey League


USA Hockey


Watching a hockey match is an exciting outing, and our Cincinnati Cyclones host many fun family events at U.S. Bank Arena. Check out these cool kid-friendly Cyclones games:


Fri, Jan 12 @7:30 p.m., Twister Plush Giveaway

Fri, Jan 26 @7:30 p.m., Kids Eat Free

Fri, Feb 9 @7:30 p.m., Marvel Superheroes Night

Sat, Feb 10 @7:30 p.m., Marvel Superheroes Night

Sun, Feb 18 @3 p.m., Paw Patrol Appearance

Fri, Mar 2 @ 7:30 p.m., Princess Night

Visit for tickets!



About the Author

Amanda Ciani

Amanda Ciani lives in Northern Kentucky with her husband and their three terrific sons. She enjoys writing haiku parenting poems for her Instagram account (@cinciciani), and Twitter account (@haikuciani).