Way Better Than Swamp Skating

I was doing a little Internet browsing on my lunch break today, trying to find something to do with the wee ones this weekend. My daughter loves to be outside, but as the weather gets cooler, it becomes more challenging to find things to do in the great outdoors (due in large to the fact that mommy’s a wuss and isn’t so willing to spend hours playing in the yard when the temp’s in the 50s). This is sort of an in-between time anyway: a little late for gardening, too early to go scouting for Christmas trees or (thankfully!) sledding.
Then — aha! — I found it: the Bank of America City Center skate rink opens this weekend. What a wonderful family activity! I can just see my little blond curlicue precariously making her way around the rink between me and her dad with a huge smile on her face.
I haven’t done much ice skating but I used to go roller skating all the time (who else remembers Friday night parties at Ocean Skate in Narragansett, huh?). The few ice skating experiences I have had were on “natural rinks” in Exeter. I was really terrible, but I’m sure the twigs protruding haphazardly through the ice and the lack of a Zamboni didn’t help much. OK, maybe my "poor conditions" defense is a lame excuse since Olympian Johnny Weir learned to skate on a frozen cornfield when he was twelve. I bet my swamp was smoother than his cornfield.
Now that I think about it, it might be wise for mommy to stay on the sidelines with the baby. I’ll let my little outdoor warrior make her way around the ice clinging to daddy her. That way if she goes down, it won’t be because I fell first and took her down with me. Either way, skating starts at 5 p.m. Saturday and the season continues through March.
For regular public skating, adult admission is $6; kids and seniors are $3. Skate rentals are available for $4. Check out their website for more information, special events and season pass information.