As school is now in full swing, parents are eager to give their kids a break from the books and engaged in physical activity after the bell rings. With a variety of great iceplexes in the community, ice sports are a growing trend among Hamilton County families. Below are a few local rinks that will have your kids gliding on the ice in no time.
The Forum at Fishers offers opportunities for families of all ages to get on the ice. The premier indoor ice skating facility features a fully equipped pro shop, concession stand, skate rental and party rooms to celebrate special occasions.
In addition to offering public skating, the Forum is home to the Fishers Figure Skating Club and also provides a variety of hockey programs for adult and youth. Elite Skating, a sanctioned member of United States Figure Skating and USA Hockey, offers a variety of programs at many Indianapolis locations, including The Forum at Fishers. “Ice sports are a tremendous fitness option for those looking to live an active and healthy lifestyle,” says Devan Heiber, executive director of Elite Skating. “Besides our group lesson and Learn to Skate/Learn to Play classes, we also offer special needs sessions, classes for the deaf and adaptive hockey for our physically disabled participants. Our programs encompass something for everyone and there are certainly options for those who wish to compete as well.”
The Indianapolis Youth Hockey AssociationM (IYHA) based at the Carmel Ice Skadium has been teaching children the love of ice sports since 1956.
In a world often dominated by male sports, the IYHA offers an all-girls hockey program in addition to their other programs. “Hockey is a tremendous self-esteem booster for girls,” says Kris May, coach at Indiana Youth Hockey Association. “It is one of the only sports that requires proficiency in a lifelong fitness activity itself- which is skating. This specialized skill can level the playing field a bit especially at the younger ages when girls find themselves competing with boys. Hockey is a sport that allows and encourages girls to be aggressive in a world where they often receive social messages that tell them to hold back.”
The Carmel Ice Skadium is also pleased to offer a variety of leagues, classes and birthday party options. Learn to Skate classes are available as well as private instruction for figure skating. For more information, check out: www.iyha.com and www.carmeliceskadium.com
The Arctic Zone Iceplex in Westfield provides the community with fun, family-friendly activities on the ice. From adult to youth, the Iceplex offers an assortment of hockey leagues, family skate nights and school trip options. They regularly partner with the Ice Skadium coaching staff in Carmel for a 5-6 week group Learn to Skate series led by professional instructors. Birthday parties, camps and clinics are offered throughout the year as well. To learn more, visit: www.thearcticzone.net
As the weather gets colder and outdoor sports dwindle, skating is a great indoor activity. With so many options available in our area, now is a great time to get on the ice!