Catapult yourself back into winter or escape the hot summer heat at one of Melbourne's two ice rinks. Regardless of your ability, ice skating is fun and accessible for all (especially when there's a pumping soundtrack blasting through the arena). Here's our rundown of the best spots for ice skating in Melbourne. For more ideas on good, clean fun, try these five great Melbourne walks, or if the weather's grim, try Melbourne's best escape rooms.
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Ice rinks in Melbourne
Rug up, hire some skates and take a spin when ice skating comes back to Fed Square for a month this winter. Running from 10am-10pm daily, it's a perfect way to impress a date or out of towners as you perfect your coolest tricks overlooking the Yarra. Tickets for 45-minute sessions are available from Saturday June 3, or you can try your luck at the box office on the day. And if you're not too steady on your skates, no worries: kids and first-timers can hire skating aids. Similar to last year, the evening sessions will be accompanied by warming food trucks and beverage, plus extra entertainment and sweet tunes.
Strap those skates on: From Saturday July 1, a 200 square-metre rink will open at Eastland Shopping Centre. This winter wonder will no doubt be a trip down memory lane for east side locals who ever visited Ringwood’s Iceland, Australia’s first custom-built ice-skating rink, which sadly closed its doors in 2005. The custom-built rink will be surrounded by snow-topped trees and will feature curated music for skating. The rink is designed to operate during rain, hail or shine, with skate loans available and a viewing area with seating. Entry is free for shoppers who spend $20 at Ringwood’s Town Square, a culinary playground that features Jimmy Grants, 400 Gradi, Huxtaburger, Pacos Tacos and plenty more. On selected Sunday mornings, the rink will be open to children and adults with disabilities, as a means to encourage participation on the ice in a safe and secure environment. It’s anticipated the rink will remain open until the end of August.