Outdoor ice skating rinks are great for some fun, unstructured time, but if your budding skater dreams of forward skating, backward skating, stops, edges, crossovers, turns and Mohawks, some formal instruction may be just the thing. Lessons are offered at most of the outdoor rinks featured in our related post, and three skating schools also provide lessons at indoor rinks in the area. We’ve highlighted these skating schools and lesson options below; schedules, registration forms and pricing details can be found on the rink or school websites.
Whether your family is trying skating for the first time or your budding ice hockey or figure skating athlete is just looking for a change of scenery from their indoor lessons, skating on one of the outdoor ice skating rinks in and around Boston is a family activity that can be a fun, affordable way to get outside, get active, and burn off some energy. Most rinks offer skate rentals, so no need to haul your equipment or buy skates before you go. So if you have an hour to spare, dig out the hats and mittens and get ready to rosy up those cheeks!
We’ve rounded up six outdoor rinks in greater Boston that offer public skating hours. We recommend checking the rinks' official websites to verify the public skating hours haven't changed or been affected by the weather. So enjoy the season, and if the kids are clamoring for more ice time, please check out our round up of Boston area skating lessons.
Jamaica Plain is a great neighborhood for families and kids, whether you are making your home there or just visiting. With tons of green space, playgrounds, and children's classes, it is easy to find activities for kids of all ages.
Boston offers families plenty of vacation week and weekend activities, plus some fun ways to ring out 2013 and welcome in the new year. There’s a mix of indoor and outdoor events - because you never can tell what the New England weather will bring.
Families can choose from kid-friendly celebrations at area museums, the city-wide, first-in-the-nation First Night celebration, plus ice skating and New Year’s Day hikes to start the New Year out on the right foot. Most of the holiday events of 2013 wrap up this weekend, and, if the ever-changing New England weather cooperates, local ski areas will be making snow and grooming their trails.
Local mom and “Outdoors with Kids Boston” guidebook author, Kim Foley MacKinnon, shares her best family outing tips and picks with you as part of our guest blog series with the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Kids Outdoors Bostonfree online community.
This is a gorgeous time of year to take a family bike ride, which is even more enjoyable when you don’t have to worry (too much) about traffic and other distractions on the road. Here are five top-notch places to take the kids, whether they are on a trail-a-long bike, using training wheels, or biking on their own. For more trip ideas, as well as some smart tips, check out advice from outdoor experts and bicycling trip leaders at Great Kids, Great Outdoors.
We're glad you're here at Mommy Poppins Boston, your free online resource for everything for families and kids in the greater Boston area. We'd love to hear from you with any questions or suggestions! — Tara and Audrey