Houston Ice Skating Rinks & Roller Skating Rinks
Oh, the exhilarating feeling of gliding on skates!
During the winter, outdoor ice rinks pop up all across the United States. Here in the Houston area, we have a few more options for family skating during the holiday season. But we have several year-round ice skating centers and roller rinks that are family-friendly and weather-proof.
The following list is compiled from a ParentsPost Survey. They are recommendations made by other Houston area moms and dads.
ICE AT THE GALLERIA
5015 Westheimer, The Galleria, 713-621-1599
Skate around the Galleria Christmas Tree during the holiday season. This ice rink has been a Houston family destination for decades. It’s conveniently surrounded by restaurants and the food court for pre-skate or post-skate treats. Ice at the Galleria offers beginner youth hockey programs. The birthday party packages include skate rentals, admission to a public skating session and a private room.
ICE SKATE USA
902 Memorial City Way, Memorial City Mall,
Ice Skate USA features a National Hockey League regulation rink at 200 feet long and 85 feet wide with rounded corners. In addition to public sessions, private freestyle lessons and skating classes, Ice Skate USA offers hockey leagues for kids and adults. The rink is located near the American Girl Doll store.
(Seasonal: November 25, 2014 – February 8, 2015)
Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney, 713-400-7336
*Please note that this outdoor ice rink may be closed at times due to weather. Discovery Green uses recycled water to create the largest outdoor skating rink in the Southwest – families have 7,716 square feet of ice to skate! Skating time is limited to 1.5 hours on all school holidays and weekends. Private instructors are available but advance reservations are required.
THE WOODLANDS ICE RINK
(Seasonal: November 22, 2014 – January 19, 2015)
9606 Six Pines Drive (at northeast corner of Lake Robbins), The Woodlands, 281-419-5630
A separate ice rink is designated for beginners and children who are 5 years old and under. Skate sessions start and run every two hours. Helmet and walker rentals are available. The ice rink is also available for private party rental before or after regular business hours.
SUGAR LAND ICE & SPORTS CENTER
16225 Lexington Boulevard, Sugar Land, 281-265-7465
Sugar Land Ice & Sport Center has two rinks – the only dual rink facility in the Gulf Coast. The facility offers a variety of programs including Learn to Skate classes, Figure Skating competitions and shows, and several levels of hockey for kids and adults. Sugar Land Ice & Sports Center is home to the Houston Ice Theatre Skaters and Team UNITY, a group of Houston area synchronized skating teams. For birthday parties, ice bumper cars and broomballs are available as add-ons. The birthday party room holds up to 50 guests comfortably.
AERODROME ICE SKATING COMPLEX
8220 Willow Place Drive North, 281-847-5283
Aerodrome offers an extensive skating program that includes basic skills classes, freestyle figure skating and hockey camps and clinics. Discounts are available for homeschoolers. Birthday party packages can be booked during weekend skating sessions. Some coaches specialize in synchronized team skating and Theatre On Ice, a ballet form of competitive figure skating.
DAIRY ASHFORD ROLLER RINK
1820 S. Dairy Ashford, 281-493-5651
The Dairy Ashford Roller Rink is a Houston institution. This family-owned business opened in 1974. The wood skating floor is 180 feet long and 65 feet wide. Toddler Skate is scheduled on Friday mornings – the rink is reserved for children ages 7 and under – and push toys and strollers are allowed on the rink! Kids can rent skatemates to help get started. The Dairy Ashford Roller Rink offers individual and group lessons and speed skating classes. A bike helmet is required for the speed skating classes.
5504 Fellowship Lane, Spring, 281-370-0140
Roller skates and Riedell inline skates are available for rental. Classes cover a range of skills including backward skating, spinning and jumping. Champions offers birthday party packages on weekends.
SK8TOWN FAMILY SKATE CENTER
846 Rayford Road, Spring, 281-292-2626
Admission includes basic skate rental. Additional fees apply when renting speed skates or inline skates. Schools can host a skate night and receive a donation of up to 50% of admissions.