Ice ice baby – time to get your skate on.
With Christmas just around the corner, now is the perfect time to strap on a pair of boots and go for a spin or two. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a complete newbie on the ice, you’ll want to head to one of these rinks. Looking for ice dancing lessons or an ice hockey team to join? We’ve got you covered. Check out our top five ice-skating rinks in Hong Kong for you and your kids. Happy skating!
Editor’s note: Sassy Mama takes no responsibly for any injuries caused when over-confident dads think they can execute the perfect triple Axel. Leave it to the pros papas!
From beginner group classes to advanced private lessons, Glacier has it all. Its comprehensive skating curriculum covers the needs of skaters at all levels, including its Champion Programme, which prepares skaters to participate in international competitions. As one of the busiest skating rinks in Hong Kong, Glacier offers skaters with a spacious and upbeat environment, making it the perfect place to pick up some speed on the ice. With over 200 retail stores and restaurants in Festival Walk, you’ll have plenty of time to do some cheeky spending while your child is doing the Biellmann spin! And don’t worry if you don’t have your own kit – there’s a skate shop, lockers and skate rentals onsite.
Class options: Recreational programme starting at $725 (group lessons); champion programme starting at $1,100 (semi-private lessons); short track speed skating programme starting at $685 (beginners lessons).
Opening hours: 8:30 am – 9:00 pm
Cost: Varies from $75 (8:30 am – 3:00 pm & 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm) – $85 (3:30 pm – 5:30 pm)
Glacier Ice Rink, Shop UG-21, Level UG, Festival Walk, 80 Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong, 2844 3588 / 5500 3588, www.festivalwalk.com.hk
The Rink is not your regular skating rink. Located in Elements, its “open rink” design enables you to pay as you skate. Queueing forever at the ticket booth? Not a problem anymore! The entrance fee is paid by your Octopus card, so don’t forget to top up before beeping in!
Plus, this skating arena has its own zero-emission resurfacing machine which magically produces no exhaust fumes or heat. Props to Elements for letting us enjoy the fun of skating while keeping the kids safe from harmful pollutants!
Class options: Regular Ice Skating Courses start at $180 per lesson (weekday group lesson)
Opening hours: 7:15 am – 10:00 pm
Cost: $20 admission fee, one pair of skates included, $1/min (Monday-Thursday), $1.5/min (Friday – Sunday)
The Rink, G/F, Elements, No. 1 Austin Road West, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, general enquiries: 2196 8120, skating course info: 2196 8122, www.therinkltd.com
Located in Taikoo Shing, the Ice Palace is a convenient rink for your child to make some new friends if you’re based in Hong Kong Island. The Ice Palace offers multi-level courses to students at every level and here you’ll coaches from world championships medallists to competition judges.
Class options: Figure skating lessons start at $205 per class, minimum of five lessons. Private and semi-private lessons are available for children ages 6 and above. Group lessons are available for children ages 3 and above.
Opening hours: 9:30 am – 10:00 pm
Cost: Varies between $60 – $85
Looking to get a little competitive? With an Olympic-standard rink, Mega Ice offers figure skating lessons as well as ice-hockey training. This caters to skaters from every discipline all interests, so no more excuses to stay at home! One more thing – walk-in lessons are available. So, if your child is feeling like an impromptu skating session, you may want to give it a go yourself!
Sassy Mama Tip: Shuttle bus services are available from MegaBox and Kowloon MTR station Exit A from 9:00 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. daily.
Class options: Figure skating lessons start at $160 (walk-in single lesson), hockey lessons start at $185 (walk-in single lesson)
Opening hours: 10:00 am – 11:30 pm
Cost: Varies $50 – $80
One of the oldest ice skating rinks in the city, Sky Rink is a Hong Kong classic. Not only does it offer figure skating as well as ice hockey lessons for young skaters looking for a new group sport to try out. You can also sign up for a parent-child skating course during the weekends.
Class options: Figure skating lessons starting at $140 (walk-in single lesson), hockey lessons starting at $205 (walk-in single lesson)
Opening hours: Varies, click here for the monthly schedule.
Cost: $55 (weekdays), $65 (weekends, public holidays and school holidays)