It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in South Florida, especially when it involves ice skating outdoors. That's exactly what we did when friends from New York recently invited us to a local resort where they were staying.
It's called the Pink Rink and you can find it at The Boca Raton Resort & Club! For the first time ever, the resort has turned its Croquet Lawn into an outdoor ice rink stretching 85 feet by 40 feet, kept cool under a large tent.
As a former competitive figure skater turned coach, I can tell you... this ice is REAL! It's not like other so-called outdoor ice rinks in warm climates where tiles are hosed down with water. This rink is the real deal and is actually resurfaced by a Zamboni similar to the ones you see cleaning the Olympic rinks but on a smaller scale, of course.
It's so festive inside. With snowflakes hanging from the ceiling made to look as if they're falling from the sky, twinkle lights all around and Christmas trees surrounded by reindeer and snowmen, it's as if you're at Rockefeller Center in New York City. Okay, that's a bit of an exaggeration but it's still pretty cool.
As with most rinks, you skate at your own risk. There's a sign warning you of this before you even step foot on the ice. But my girls are the daughters of a former figure skater, so they know the basics of how to skate. In fact, they each have their own ice skates. Lil Tank's are hand-me-downs from Monkey which I received as a baby shower gift from my friend. She placed them on top of a diaper cake. I cried when I saw them for the first time. I had no idea such tiny skates could be made and with double blades at that. My husband wanted to know if they came in his size! Unfortunately, they don't. But here's where you can get them for your little ones - Baby Skates.
Monkey is on her second pair of skates and as you can tell from the picture below, she could be the next Tara Lipinksi, 1998 Olympic gold medalist whom I trained with when I was younger.
If you'd like to skate on the Pink Rink, hold your company's holiday party or maybe your child's birthday party here, check out what they offer below. But you might want to book fast, the rink will only be around until January 1, 2014.
- After-school and weekend birthday parties and your holiday or company parties
- Weekend and holiday figure-skating camps
- Daily skating lessons and hockey exhibitions
- Former figure skating champions Frank Sweiding & Anita Hartshorn along with a full team of figure skaters perform during the holidays
Call (561) 447-3071, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or click here more information.
What do you think about the Pink Rink? Does ice skating outdoors make it feel more like winter in South Florida?