During Christmas break we visited Holidayfest at Lock3 and had a great time. While we were there, we visited Archie the Talking Snowman (that brought back childhood memories), rented sleds for Reindeer Run (the man-made sled riding chute), and went ice skating on the outdoor rink.
Even though the majority of the attractions at Holidayfest are closed for the season, the outdoor ice rink will remain open until January 27th.
Ice Skating at Lock3
We typically go ice skating once or twice a year at a nearby indoor rink, but had never been to an outdoor rink. At first I was hesitant about ice skating outdoors, because I thought we would get too cold. I'm glad we decided to go despite my initial reservations because we were quite comfortable and barely noticed the cold temperatures as we skated around the rink.
Because our kids don't ice skate often, they fell a number of times. While my husband and I were normally right there to help them up, there were a number of time that we weren't. During those times, I watched from a distance as some older children skating behind them offered a helping hand. It was refreshing to see those simple acts of kindness.
The price is another incentive for visiting. Admission is FREE and skate rental is only $3 per person. They even have a select number of toddler skates (strap-on) that are free to use. Ice skating at Lock3 makes for a fun and frugal family outing.
Planning Your Trip
- Make sure to dress for the weather. Wear layers that you can add/remove if you get too hot or cold, and bring along a hat and gloves.
- Put on chapstick before you go and after you are done to protect your lips from getting dry and cracked.
- Set realistic expectations and be patient. If your children are young or have never skated before they may be afraid to try and could struggle at first. Be there to help and gently instruct them, hold there hand if needed and pick them back up if they fall.
- If you or your children are having troubling skating, stay by the side and hold onto the rail. It will help you keep your balance if you start to fall.
- Bring along some money to purchase hot chocolate or fill a thermos with some from home.
- Remember to bring your camera!