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December 09, 2023

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Glide with Glee with the Kids

Lace up those skates! Go for a spin at a local ice rink with the kiddos this winter.


Ford Ice Center Antioch
5264 Hickory Hollow Pkwy., Antioch
Enjoy year-round daily public skate sessions and weekend jams on indoor ice rinks. All public skate sessions will be $10 and includes rental skates if needed. Registration required.

Ford Ice Center Bellevue
7638 B Hwy 70 S, Nashville
All public skate sessions will be $10 and includes rental skates if needed. Registration required.

Centennial Sportsplex
222 25th Ave. N., Nashville
Enjoy year-round daily public skate sessions on indoor ice rinks. Hours vary daily. Cost is $7 adults, $6 ages 5 – 12, free ages 4 and younger, plus a $2 skate rental.

Hockey Lab
547 Mt Hope St, Franklin
Ice skating rink, elite hockey training facility, half size sheet of ice with full gym, turf and shooting lanes. Public skate & birthday parties available.

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Gaylord Opryland


The Gulch hosts a pop-up ice skating experience for MLK weekend. Read about it here! 

A Country Christmas at Gaylord Opryland
2800 Opryland Drive, Nashville
Enjoy a perfect day or evening under the stars by going on a wintery glide on Gaylord’s 9,000 square-foot outdoor skating rink made with real ice.  Lessons available.

Winterfest at the Fountains at Gateway
1500 Medical Center Pkwy., Murfreesboro
All ages can enjoy ice skating at this outdoor rink through Jan. 21. The rink is decorated with festive decor, and there will be live music and themed skate days like Mom and Me Mondays, Preds Night, Tacky Christmas Sweater and more. Rink hours vary by day. Cost is $16 adults, $13 ages 4 – 12, free ages 3 & younger (includes skate rentals and 90 minutes on the ice). They also have supports for little learners to lean on as they skate.

Downtown Commons Winter Ice Rink
215 Legion St, Clarksville

Regular operating hours will be Thursdays and Fridays from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sundays from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. All sessions are 45 minutes long. Hours will vary on holidays, during school breaks, and special events. Ice skates and helmets are provided and included in the cost of the ticket. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for children under 12-years-old. Government employees, military, and APSU students can also purchase tickets for $10 with ID.

Kids in colorful winter clothes and wearing helmets ice skate at an indoor ice rink one has fallen and the other is helping her up

8 Pro Tips for Teaching Kids to Ice Skate

  • Dress your child warmly, but correctly.

A jacket, gloves and a helmet. Skip the snow pants; the slick material makes it harder to get up from falls. Stick to one pair of medium socks. Anything thicker and the boot won’t fully tighten. Either figure or hockey skates are fine, but stay away from double runners. They have no edges and slip and slide too much. When you buy skates, always have your child with you to try them on. You want her ankles to be straight up – they’ll be that way on the ice. Lastly, make sure that the blades have been sharpened.

  • First, teach your child how to fall.

He’s going to do it often. Have him bend his knees, lean to one side and gently go down. To get back up, have him kneel on both knees and, while keeping his back straight, bring one skate up onto the ice and push down on that knee. He’ll pull himself up and bring the other skate onto the ice.

  • Start with little steps.

Lift one foot. Put it down, then lift the other. She’ll get a feel for the blade on the ice and for shifting her weight. Have her hands out in front and pushing down, as if she’s pushing down on a table, to help maintain balance. With confidence, she can start to glide with both blades on the ice. To build up speed when she’s ready, and with knees bent and feet together, have her bring one skate behind her and push off with the inside edge of the blade. During all of this, stand either to her side or in front of her with your hands under her hands. Just avoid taking only one of her hands in the name of assistance. It will throw off her balance.

  • With increased speed comes the need to stop.

Before you teach any technique, have him stand and, with feet together, have him push out the inside edge of each blade to get a feel of shaving the ice. Once he has that, have him stop by doing a snow plow, bending his knees, bringing his toes together in an inverted V, and pushing down with his hands to maintain balance. After the plow, with his legs together and knees bent, have him put his weight on one leg and have the opposite skate slide out.

  • Keep your feedback positive, stressing the progress that’s been made.

Keep initial lessons to 25 minutes. Kids’ bodies start to hurt after that point.