Vermonters are used to cold weather, but the bitter temps and icy driveways and sidewalks we've experienced in recent weeks have driven even the heartiest of families indoors. That means lots of couch jumping for kids — and hair pulling for adults.
If you're looking to burn up some of your kids' energy, consider indoor ice skating. It's sufficiently wintery, without the risk of frostbite.
A number of indoor rinks in Vermont offer public skating as well as skate rentals. An added bonus: They're pretty cheap. None of the locations below costs more than $5 admission per person. So get out of the house, put on the snowpants, gloves, helmets and blades and get gliding! Your kids — and couch — will thank you!
Leddy Park Arena
in Burlington's New North End offers Itty Bitty Skating
for preschoolers and their parents on Monday and Thursday mornings through March.
in South Burlington has public skating
most days of the week through March.
The Essex Skating Facility
in Essex Junction offers public rink time
on Sunday afternoons.
The B.O.R. Ice Arena
in Barre offers numerous public skating opportunities
on weekend afternoons and several weekday evenings.
The Highgate Sports Arena
offers crates to help preschoolers get their footing during the Skater Tots
program on Tuesday mornings and Thursday afternoons in January.
The Fenton W. Chester Ice Arena
in Lyndon Center has Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday open skate times
at the Memorial Sports Center
in Middlebury are free for children four and under.
Central Vermont Memorial Civic Center
in Montpelier has a handful of dates for public skating
in January and February.
Castleton College's Spartan Arena
in Rutland offers afternoon skating time
throughout January and February.
hosts afternoon open skates
Toddlers and parents have fun on the ice at Union Arena in Woodstock during skate sessions
on Wednesday and Friday mornings.