Who says Northerners get to have all the cold-weather fun? In Miami, chilling out means hitting the Kendall Ice Arena. Miami-Dade’s largest indoor facility features two NHL-size rinks, a snack bar, an arcade, a gym, a ballet studio and more. Kids from across South Florida come to partake in its plethora of classes and events. Here’s what is on the schedule.
Get lessons from a pro
The arena’s “Learn to Skate” program for beginners uses methods designed by U.S. Figure Skating and USA Hockey to give students a solid foundation, whether the goal is competing in the Olympics one day or showing off during open sessions. Group classes (eight-class packs are available) include lessons in choreography and synchronized skating. The Snowplow Sam group is tailored for children ages three to five. Private lessons are also available.
Join a league
While overlooked as a viable sport for South Florida kids—understandably—youth hockey is a thing at Kendall Ice Arena. The rink’s program continues to grow with classes that range from Learn to Play to more advanced options like Stick and Puck, plus an in-house league and a travel team.
Nail a triple axel
Have a budding figure skater on your hands? Kendall offers training options on and off the ice, such as ballet and video-analysis sessions as well as seminars, clinics, conditioning and jump classes—all directed by nationally ranked coaches. Regular testing throughout the program is intended to take students from novices to competitive athletes.
Go with friends
Thursday through Sunday, the rink welcomes the public for open sessions. Pop in, rent a pair of skates and swish around to music from a live DJ. The arena also hosts private events, group lessons and fund-raisers.
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