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Ice skating lessons for kids in NYC

These ice skating lessons will prepare your kids to be future Olympians (or just get 'em past clinging to the railing)

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Olympic Fest at Chelsea Piers

Sign your crew up for these ice skating lessons for kids at NYC's best kids' ice-skating spots! They'll learn everything from basic ice skating skills to more advanced whirls and twirls, plus there are dedicated options for hockey and figure skating too. Some picks, like the rink at Bryant Park, are even right near NYC's best holiday marketsWhether you’re a seasoned pro looking to brush up, or strapping on skates for the first time, taking ice skating lessons with your kids is a great way to bond during the blustery months.

For more winter fun, you'll want to visit our top sledding hills, local snow tubing and our list of amazing winter weekend getaways from NYC.

 

Best ice skating lessons for kids in NYC

LeFrak Center at Lakeside, Prospect Park

Hit up Prospect Park's two huge, state-of-the-art rinks for lessons from the pros. The Skate School offers weekday evening and weekend youth classes that teach the fundamentals. You and your mini mes can learn together in Parent & Me classes on Tuesday mornings, or enroll the kids in Ice Skating Institute courses, divided by age and experience level from Tot (ages 4–6) to Delta level. Freestyle and Special Skater classes are also available.

This $74 million project overhauled 26 acres of the park’s southeast corner and now offers year-round fun. The LeFrak Center houses two huge, state-of-the-art rinks, one covered and one open-air where kids can take hockey and skating lessons beside scenic Prospect Park Lake. The space doubles as a roller-skating rink in the spring and summer. There's also a boat dock and wading pools along the restored waterside. $6–$9, skate rentals $6.

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The Rink at Brookfield Place

Kids can practice their glides and stops at this outdoor spot overlooking the North Cove Marina. At 7,350 square feet, it's even bigger than the Rink at Rockefeller Plaza. Once it reopens on November 14, the rink will offer Learn to Skate classes with United States Figure Skating Curriculum for Basic Skills. Husband-and-wife team, Melissa Gregory and Denis Petukhov (both U.S. Olympic medal–winning ice dancers) will lead five-week Intro to Basics lessons ($250) and four-week Parent & Me classes ($270). Beginners can build physical fitness and improve their balance and coordination in 30-minute Learn to Skate sessions.

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Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park

During the winter months, Bryant Park opens a no-charge 17,000-square-foot skating rink. Don’t get too excited: The admission may be free, but you gotta pay $20 to rent skates (or BYO). On the upside: The complex holds 500 people, holiday shops, an indoor pavilion and Public Fare,a comfort food cornucopia adjacent to the rink, for that inevitable moment when the kids need to get warmed up with a cup of hot chocolate and a yummy treat.

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Midtown West
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World Ice Arena

Kids who want to become pros on the ice can pick and choose from several Ice Skating Institute programs, where they'll get individualized instruction in classes of 12 or less. Choose the age appropriate group for your Tot, Beginner, Pre-Alpha, Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta and Freestyler, and they'll hone their skills for 30 minutes per week (skate rental included), then whiz around during public skate. Want more specialized training? Enroll in Figure Skating, Future Champions or Hockey 101 programs.

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The Rink at the Standard, High Line

The Rink at the Standard, High Line

Can ice be cozy? At the Rink at the Standard it can! This quaint rink is on the street side of the plaza, embedded under the green archways of the picturesque High Line, just waiting for cocoa sipping skaters to dig their blades into the freshly zambonied ice. Although the scene is somewhat ‘hipster’ everyone that wants to have fun, is welcome. Once kids have had their fill of zipping around the ice, they can explore the nooks, crannies and climbing fun of the High Line. 848 Washington St. (212-645-4646, standardhotels.com) $13 for Adults, $6 for Kids under 12, $4 skate rentals.

Aviator Sports and Events Center Ice Skating Rink

You won’t find any planes in this gargantuan airport hanger – but if ice as far as the eye can see is what you’re looking for, you’ve come to the right place! Open year round, this sports center boasts two massive rinks with a plethora of public and private skating lesson packages to choose from. Aviator also offers some great birthday party options. Stay all day, any day of the week, and once the kids toes go numb, hop off the ice and enjoy the fantastic sports and activities this Brooklyn megaplex has to offer, including rock climbing, a sky jump, basketball, volleyball, hockey, a rockin’ arcade and more. For the acrobatically inclined tots in the family, check out their mommy and me gymnastics program. Floyd Bennet Field, 3159 Flatbush Avenue (718-758-7567, aviatorsports.com) $11, children $9, skate rental $5. Call for skating lesson packages.

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Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers

There’s no need to wait until winter for your family to glide across the two NHL-size rinks at this megacomplex—they’re open year-round for general skating as well as hockey and figure skating. Kids will loves taking classes that follow the ISI weSKATE curriculum with awesome views of the Hudson River to the west. Afterschool programs for little ones offer 20 minutes of off-ice instruction plus 30 minutes on the rink (complimentary skate and helmet rental). Bigger kids (ages 6–17) can sign up for 30-minute on-ice lessons once per week (skate rental is additional) and enjoy general skating admission before or after class. Private lessons are available as well during general skating. The staff includes former national and international skating champions, so budding figure skaters and hockey players are in luck!

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Trump Lasker Rink

Certified instructors can help your future Gracie Gold or Jason Brown develop into an accomplished skater through lessons and activities at this rink. Group lessons (4–10 kids) run 30 minutes, with time to practice before or after class. Get on the ice with the little ones in Parent and Tot classes (ages 3–6) or enroll them in age-appropriate sessions, from Snowplow Sam (ages 3–6) to Basic Skills (ages 6 and up). Those ages 4 and up can also learn basic hockey skills and join competitive hockey leagues for Gretzky wanna-bes. $8, skate rental $7.

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City Ice Pavilion

The five boroughs’ only rooftop rink stretches an NHL-appropriate 85-by-200 feet under a weatherproof air dome. The rink is often devoted to lessons in United States Figure Skating Curriculum. The Parent & Me (ages 3–6) program invites moms and dads on the ice with their little one, and there are skill-building classes for kids of all ages, available in seven- to eight-week sessions. Private lessons are also available. Sign up for figure skating and other specialty classes, and don't forget to come by on school holidays for special camps!

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The Rink at Rockefeller Center

The five boroughs’ only rooftop rink stretches an NHL-appropriate 85-by-200 feet under a weatherproof air dome. The rink is often devoted to lessons in United States Figure Skating Curriculum. The Parent & Me (ages 3–6) program invites moms and dads on the ice with their little one, and there are skill-building classes for kids of all ages, available in seven- to eight-week sessions. Private lessons are also available. Sign up for figure skating and other specialty classes, and don't forget to come by on school holidays for special camps!

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Central Park, Wollman Rink

Skating School group lessons run through March 11, from First Steps (ages 3–4) up to Basic Skills (ages 6 and up), which will have them doing crossovers and half swizzles likes pros. A new hour long Jumping Jacks program focuses on boys who want to develop their skating skills, and private lessons are available as well.

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Staten Island Skating Pavilion

The borough's only year-round ice rink is a skater's dream, offering figure-skating and hockey programs for kids and adults of all levels. Learn to Skate classes are offered on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Sign up for 10-week sessions now through the end of June ($245 with skate rental, $225 without, $25 registration fee) or let your tiny tots (under age 5) come for a trial lesson for just $30. Try out specialized programs like freestyle, elite and bridge training and hockey sessions, and catch the annual holiday show!

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Riverbank State Park Ice Skating Rink

Located about 85 blocks north of the midtown mayhem, the covered rink here—part of a 28-acre recreational facility—provides some of the least-crowded weekend skating in Manhattan. Riverbank Park overlooks the Hudson, so your crew will have nice views of the river and the George Washington Bridge too. The Little People's Skating Rink Program invites those ages 5–8 to take beginner Learn To Skate classes on Saturdays ($80) and the Youth Skating Rink Programs for ages 7–14 practice on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays ($92). Youth ice hockey and competitive figure skating club are also options. The New York Rangers even come by with their Try Hockey For Free program occasionally for complimentary youth lessons (the next sessions are on November 22).

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Harlem

McCarren Rink

This park transforms into a winter destination come November, providing kids a chance to take lessons with professional coaches. Affordable individual and group lessons can be arranged for all ages and levels on Saturdays mornings from 9–9:45am for $25 (includes skate rental and admission to rink). Whether your youngsters are learning to skate or want to start practicing leaps and twirls, there's something here for them. Private lessons run 30 minutes at $60 a pop, plus $10 for each additional student.

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Greenpoint

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