We tried ice skating with Nic when he was about two. It was a total bust. He was a wet noodle we tried to pull around the rink.
We made our second attempt at ice skating yesterday with Nic, almost five, and Z, almost two and a half, and it was much more successful. Although it almost wasn’t.
I’d received an email about a local pop-up ice rink that had “bobby” skating aids—basically ice strollers that you could ride on or use for support. This seemed like a genius idea, so we decided to go on New Year’s Day. (Full disclosure: The rink comped our skate.) However, when we arrived, they were out of “bobbies.” (A hazard of going on a holiday, I suppose.) We got on a waitlist for a bobby, but it didn’t look like one would open up before our session was over. The boys were doing pretty well on the ice, but we were all a bit disappointed that we wouldn’t get to try out the bobby.
Then a Christmas angel swooped in and let us borrow her bobby for a few trips around the rink. It was amazing! The boys took turns riding on and pushing the bobby and it was fun for all. It also gave Nic a lot more confidence on the ice. After our turn with the bobby was over, he went back out with Daddy and even let go of the edge a few times.
The moral of the story is: Ice skating with little kids is a lot more fun with a little help.
Info for Bay Area Ice Rink:
The Little Ice Rink
South Shore Center, Alameda (Who knew Alameda was so cute? This center is really nice too.)
Open through January 19th
Thank you to the Little Ice Rink for our family skate!